Chief Technologist for Aerosmith, Little Dreams Foundation Board Member, Founder & CEO of Audio One
Q: How did you get into music?
A: I started playing the drums when I was 2 years old. Around the same time, I was diagnosed with eye cancer, so music became a refuge for me and a safe haven at a very young age. I chase my dreams because it’s in my blood.
Q: Of your many celebrity clients, including Aerosmith and the Osbournes, who else has been interesting to work with?
A: The list is very long, but I can say that every project is an honor and I am grateful to do what I do. My 25 years with Aerosmith have been incredible and the two seasons while The
Osbournes was filming were very cool, very unique.
Q: Who are your current celebrity clients — if you are allowed to reveal that?
A: I respect my client’s privacy. There are a few that are OK with disclosing their names on a client list, including Bryan Adams, The Stones, Rascal Flatts, Olivia Newton-John, & Sting.
Q: Chick Corea was quoted saying, “In an era of high technology, where new ideas and creative impulses abound daily, you can be assured that one person will be beyond up to date. Ahead of the curve. Always on the bleeding edge of technology. That person is David Frangioni.” How do you stay ahead of the curve?
A: Constantly learning and exploring. What I do is not a “job,” it’s a career, passion and way of life. It’s “in” me.
Q: You’ve received dozens of gold and platinum albums as a technical consultant, engineer and/or programmer. Did you ever dream you’d have this kind of success?
A: Never. I thank God at least twice a day.
Q: What accomplishment are you most proud of?
A: Working with so many great people.
Q: Tell us about your book, “Clint Eastwood: ICON.”
A: A great book that I am very proud of; Clint Eastwood fans love it. Clint loves it, and all the proceeds go to charity.
Q: Tells us about the IDA (Inspire & Develop Artists) Program.
A: Co-Founded by Billboard Magazine Latin Producer of the Decade and my close friend Rudy Perez, we audition artists from all over the world to offer them a five-day intensive music training program. It’s been called American Idol meets Tony Robbins; it’s education not competition.
Q: What’s your involvement with the Little Dreams Foundation?
A: I am on the board and its Musical Director
Q: Why is giving back important to you?
A: We are here a very short time on earth; let’s make a difference that outlasts our own life and help others. Legacy to give back.
Q: Tell us about your company, Audio One.
A: Considered No. 1 audio/video/automation company in the world because we are able to do things, technologically, that transcend the norm while keeping our systems very easy to use.
Q: Where would you like to be 10 years from now?
A: Still on the cutting edge, ahead of the curve. Tomorrow and success are promised to no one. You have to do the work or you fall behind very quickly.
Q: Any interesting projects on the horizon?
A: Tons. All over the world I have projects including several in Africa, South America and the Far East. Cool, innovative projects happening.
Tell us about your upcoming charity event in December with Phil Collins.
December 6 at the Fillmore, Miami Beach, I will be leading a band featuring a concert by Phil Collins (his only show of 2014 anywhere in the world), Laura Pausini and Alejandra Guzman, among others. It is for the Little Dreams Foundation, a non-profit that was founded by Orianne & Phil Collins nearly 15 years ago in Europe. Now it is based in Miami and LDF auditions underprivileged musicians, sports and art children, 4-16 years old, then mentors them for an entire year. It is a great cause of which I am very proud to be a part.
1. Miami restaurant? Joe’s Stone Crab
2. Miami bar? The Forge (I almost never go to bars)
3. Cocktail? I don’t drink much so water or a good coffee
4. Place to shop in Miami? Bal Harbour Shops
5. Place to watch a show in Miami? Fillmore
6. Band or musician? Led Zeppelin
7. Song to play? Angels by Robbie Williams
8. Phrase/Quote? Never, ever, ever give up
9. Movie? Forest Gump
10. Vacation spot? The Keys
11. Splurge? Pizza
12. Way to spend a night off? Movie or Heat game
(the latter being even when I don’t have the night off!)