You may never have heard of David Frangioni, but audiophiles know his work well. The sound designer and publisher of Modern Drummer magazine worked as chief technologist for the band Aerosmith for more than a decade, and even crafted the audio system in Steven Tyler’s car.
Accolades from Frangioni’s career serve as decor throughout his Boca Raton house, but especially in his office, which is lined with dozens of gold and platinum albums and mementos from Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones, Shakira, Rascal Flatts, Ozzy Osbourne, and numerous other famous clients.
Since childhood, there’s been one constant in David Frangioni’s life: music. After battling cancer at the age of 2, David found an escape in drumming.
By the age of 12, he was playing gigs around Boston and started an audio technology consulting business when he was just 16.
Today, David is an entrepreneur, award-winning music businessman, producer, engineer, author and drummer, and the Founder of Audio One.
What makes you feel good?
What motivates you to get out of bed each day?
Sometimes it’s the pursuit of your dream job, providing for your family, or just creating space to enjoy that first sip of coffee in the morning. For David Frangioni, it was drumming.
David Frangioni grew up blind in one eye. Due to his disability, he was bullied throughout his childhood. But David refused to let them get to him. Instead, he immersed himself in an environment of feeling good. He was in pursuit of being a drummer.
David Frangioni is the publisher at Modern Drummer. David has had a long career as a musician, producer, entrepreneur and author. In this episode he shares insight into his work at Modern Drummer, his career and his interesting life story.
When Modern Drummer’s March 2020 cover artist, Maná’s Alex González, visited with fans at the Paiste booth during the 2020 NAMM Show, it quickly became one of the most buzzed-about events of the convention. Editor at large Billy Amendola was on hand, and in this video he chats with some of the Alex’s biggest fans, many of whom waited well over an hour to meet their hero and have him sign a copy of his MD cover.
David Frangioni, is an award-winning veteran of the music industry.
He built a ground-breaking music tech consulting business working with the likes of Aerosmith, the Stones, Ringo Starr, Elton John and Sting among many, many others..David is also the CEO & co-founder of Artist Development firm All Access IDA and CEO and founder of ground-breaking technology company Audio One.
Renowned audio engineer and audio expert, David Frangioni explains how he found refuge from his childhood trauma through escapism, audio work for the big names, and more on truth, trust, and the voice.
Two days after Kurt Cobain’s body was found in the greenhouse of their Seattle home, Courtney Love showed up late to a raucous candlelit gathering of distraught Nirvana fans. She played a grief-stricken, vulgar recording of herself reading part of his suicide note, led the crowd in a chant calling Cobain an “asshole,” and handed out some of Cobain’s clothes, which she continued to do in the weeks that followed. Twenty-five years later, one of the sweaters that Love gave to a family friend is expected to fetch $300,000 at an auction this weekend.
“Courtney couldn’t have realized that the value of these things would be worth what they are today,” Darren Julien, who is running that auction, tells Fortune. “Those are John Lennon prices.”
The most reticent of rock stars—one who agonized about his artistic truth being fed into the thresher of corporatism—now commands his own economy from beyond the grave. In 1991, the cover of Nirvana’s major-label debut, Nevermind, satirically depicted a baby chasing a dollar bill on a fishhook. In 2019, the Kurt Cobain business is big business.
What do you do when the odds are completely against you?
He said, “Just after being introduced to the drums, I was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, which is a rare form of eye cancer … It required that in order to save my life, they had to remove my right eye … So, I’ve been blind in my right eye ever since … What they did is put a removable prosthetic in the socket, and in addition to that, when the surgeon was doing the operation to remove my eye, he made a mistake, and it happens sometimes in operations like this … and he clipped a muscle in my eye lid … So, I grew up … with my lid half-closed, without eyesight in my right eye, and a lot of hospital visits …”
David Frangioni began as a drummer for a cover band in his early youth before going on to become an engineer, producer and technologist hired by some of the worlds biggest stars. From changing clothes in the liquor storeroom between gigs as a teenager, to working with some of the greatest musicians we all know and love, David has pretty much seen it all. He joins us to have a discussion about what he’s learned from his career in the arts and how to build one that will stand the test of time.
David’s website can be found at www.DavidJFrangioni.com
"I’d like to welcome David Frangioni, an award-winning veteran of the music industry, with expertise ranging from being a drummer and producer, to an artist development & label founder, audio consultant, music technologist, integrator, author & engineer.
In February, I traveled to icy Connecticut to join Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell at Pwop Studios where I was a guest on their podcast .Net Rocks! During the course of the interview, the guys and I discussed the development of music technology, and a variety of stories from my time in the field.
We started at the beginning, I told stories about growing up in Boston, what influenced me to get into music, my first drum kit, and becoming one of the most sought-after MIDI Consultants in the music industry.
I was excited to join host Christian Swain--The Rock n’ Roll Archeologist--on an episode of his podcast Deeper Digs in Rock. On the show, Christian and I have an in-depth conversation about my book Crash: The World’s Greatest Drum Kits From Appice to Pert to Van Halen. We discussed some of the notable drum kits featured in the book, as well as the stories behind them.
An Editor's Overview
Welcome to the July 2019 issue. If you’re into gawking at wild and famous drumkits, then you’re going to enjoy our photo-essay on Crash, the new coffee-table book by drummer, collector, and studio sound technician David Frangioni. In addition to talking to the author about it, we couldn’t resist reprinting a whole host of its photos, as well as a couple that didn’t make the final product.
On May 13, Modern Drummer magazine announced David Frangioni will become its new publisher.
“I can’t wait to steward Modern Drummer into the new era,” said Frangioni in a statement. “I am going to use all my thirty-plus years of experience in a wide selection of music fields so that Modern Drummer can offer the most complete and…well…modern resource for drums, drummers, and drumming!”
David Frangioni started his music career as a drummer, but soon became a pioneer in MIDI technology. This lead him into the studio as an engineer and producer for dozens of top artists including The Stones, Ringo Starr, Aerosmith, Elton John, Sting, Carl Palmer, Journey, Styx, KISS, Phil Collins, Shakira, Ozzy Osbourne, and more.
If I listed one of David’s careers, it would be impressive. But David isn’t a one-career type of guy. He’s a Renaissance man who’s reinvented himself over the years. David started as a drummer then evolved into a pioneer of MIDI technology, the founder of an award-winning A/V firm Audio One.
David Frangioni of Audio One out of South Florida is an industry legend and award-winning audiophile consultant, recording engineer, studio installer, producer, technologist, and drummer. David has worked, consulted, and in many cases played drums alongside hundreds of music industry icons such as Aerosmith, Stones, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Sting, Bryan Adams, Journey, Styx, Phil Collins, Shakira, Rascal Flatts, Ozzy Osbourne, Chick Corea, and ELP.
Less than a decade ago, pro AV technology was thought to be the premier equipment market—the industry was untouchable and at the forefront of innovation. Many home technologies were born out of the AV market, and at-home-AV research and development was often started with professional R&D.
Today the opposite is occurring, it seems. Harman’s engineering team, for example, is leveraging technology drawn from the company’s connected car business. “Nobody in the pro industry can afford the thousands of engineers needed to develop secure Linux products,” said Mohit Parasher, president, Harman Professional Solutions. “We have access to that because that development was done for our connected car business. We can borrow 80 percent of the work and bring it into the pro industry. The same thing with the consumer side, and the services side, and from Samsung, etc.”