I just got off the phone with Gerard Butler (“This is Spartaaaaa!”). http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0124930/
The story goes like this. I switched to a Los Angeles cell phone number (da 310) about 7 years ago. The guy that used to have my current cell number is a well-known director by the name of Joe Carnahan. Well, for about 4 years, my phone rang off the hook with people trying to get a hold of Joe (you can imagine how many calls a day a successful Hollywood director gets)
I haven’t received as many calls recently, but low and behold, todayyyyy, as I’m walking through the UCLA Sculpture Garden, Gerard Butler calls! Of course I didn’t know it was him at first:
Me: “Listen buddy, Joe changed his number 7 and a half years ago.”
Gerard (in smooth Scottish accent): “Oh no man, sorry about that. I haven’t tried this number in years.”
Me: “That’s alright, just tell Joe that the guy with his old cell number is a musician, and he should put our music in his movies.”
Gerard: “Hahaha. Who is this?”
Me: “Matt Frankel. Joe doesn’t know me, but I always tell people that call this number to tell him about my music. Joe has never called, but hey, I’ll tell ya anyways. Who is this by the way?”
Gerard: “Gerard Butler”
Me: (holy crap) “Gerard Butler?! Hahahah”
Gerard: “Listen Matt, I’m really going to pass the word along. What’s the name of your band?”
Right as I’m telling him lady danv…the phone drops the call. As I’m contemplating walking my iPhone in to the local AT&T store and complaining about their temperamental 3g network, Gerard calls back!! …I couldn’t believe it.
Gerard: “Sorry Matt, I’m in the hills of Scotland, and the reception isn’t great. Anyways, you were telling me the name of your band.”
Me: “LADY DANVILLE!!!!!!!!” (i didn’t yell it, but I was really excited he called back)
Gerard: “What would be a good song on iTunes to show Joe for a movie we’re gonna do together? If anyone can influence Joe about the music in this movie it’s me 😉 (i think he winked at me over the phone right there, but I couldn’t tell)
Me: “Tired Magician. We’re in the studio recording more tracks now, but give that one a listen.”
Gerard: “Will do. And I’m changing your number in my phone from Joe Carnahan to Matt Frankel.”
We continued to talk about music for a few minutes, finished chatting, then I saved his number in my phone. Ha
The phone call made my day, and even if Joe doesn’t put our music in his next movie, Gerard’s gonna hear Tired Magician, and it also led me to this amazing youtube video
In other news, met the guys from Miike Snow last night and they put me and Michael on the list for their Los Angeles show tonight. We saw them this year in Austin and they were great!
I leave you with one of our favorite Miike Snow songs, Silvia.