Using Creative Outlets to Deal with Pressure of Life | David Frangioni

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 …”

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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

David also has two companies, Audio One and All Access IDA, go check them out!

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A Life in Full w/ Dr. Chris Stout Podcast:

Talking Metal With Mark Strigl

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I recently had the honor of being interviewed by the great Mark Strigl on his long running podcast Talking Metal. During the course of the show we discuss my passion for collecting, artists I’ve worked with, and, of course, my book Crash: The World’s Greatest Drum Kits From Appice to Peart to Van Halen.  

I discussed the importance of preserving and sharing these drum kits for historical purposes. Crash, along with the corresponding drum museum, is a great opportunity for fans to see these instruments and learn more about the artists that made them famous.

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Crash Profiled by

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Diane Webb from wrote a fantastic article profiling my book Crash: The World’s Greatest Drum Kits From Appice to Pert to Van Halen. Diane goes into some detail about my career and the wonderful artists I’ve worked with over the years. She also echoed a sentiment shared by drummers around the world: drums far too often take a back seat when being covered by the media! Diane writes, “Drums often get the back seat when fans go to live shows or see live show coverage on websites and in magazines, but not in this killer new book about drums by David Frangioni.”

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Metal Pulp and Paper Interview

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I recently had the opportunity to sit down with the rock experts at Metal Pulp and Paper to discuss the release of my book Crash: The World’s Greatest Drum Kits From Appice to Pert to Van Halen.

We discussed growing up playing the drums, and how I used music to cope with the trauma of losing my right eye due to a rare form of cancer. When asked how I was able to excel musically while dealing with such a traumatic situation, I told them that I owe my success to my parents and my faith: “I had incredibly supportive parents…I owe my career and life success to my parents, Silviano and Rita and, of course, God.”

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Appearance on The Tech Blog Writer Podcast

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I recently had the opportunity to sit down for a conversation with Neil C. Hughes, host of The Tech Blog Writer Podcast. Neil and I had a great conversation about my company Audio One, designing high-end A/V home systems for Steven Tyler and Ozzie Osbourne and the work of my company All Access IDA

Neil wanted to know where my love of music came from, so I started at the beginning: being introduced to the drums at two years old. I went on to explain that when I was eight I started taking drum lessons, and by twelve-years-old I was playing in multiple bands. Then I was introduced to the drum machine, and at that moment--from a production and sound stand-point--everything changed for me. 

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Overcoming Odds Podcast Appearance

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I had the pleasure of being a guest on the Overcoming Odds Podcast hosted by the amazing Oleg Lougheed. During the course of the interview, Oleg and I shared our insights on surviving trauma and repurposing that trauma into an avenue to help others. 

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Music Technology Geek Out with David Frangioni

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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.

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Deeper Digs in Rock: Music Technologist to The Stars, David Frangioni

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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. 

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South Florida Luxury Guide: An Interview About Staying Ahead Of The Curve In Luxury Home Technology

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Back in 2014, I was interviewed by South Florida Luxury Guide, an online digital magazine for luxury cars, jewelry stores, homes, hotels, and other luxury products, about how I got my start in the music business and began building home studios and theaters for celebrity clients such as Bryan Adams, The Stones, and Rascal Flatts.

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.NET Rocks Podcast: A Music Technology Geek Out With Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell

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Earlier this year, I joined Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell at Pwop Studios on the .Net Rocks! podcast to talk about music technology and exchange stories about our work in the industry. The interview began talking about my childhood—when I lost my eye to a rare form of cancer at the age of two and how that experience influenced me to start playing the drums.

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How I Became A Rock Star Integrator: CEPro Uncovers The Story Behind Audio One

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I recently dug into my archives and came across an article from 2010. For this story, I spoke with CEPro writer Tom LeBlanc about how to become a well known integrator in the custom installation industry. We also discussed the luxury A/V company I founded, Audio One, and how we carved a niche working with rock stars and celebrities.

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Inside The Early Days of MIDI: An Interview With Growin’ Up Rock

In a recent episode of Growin’ Up Rock, I sit down with co-hosts Steven Michael and Sonny "Hollywood" Pooni to explore the early days of MIDI technology. Listen below.

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