I have been recording and releasing material since 2005 under my own name, and will most likely continue to do so until the end of time and space.
Dook LaRue (2009):
Sample based sound art utilizing only movie/music/NES samples and my Roland SP-606. Samples used: Karate Kid II, Dr. Mario, the late great Bill Hicks, Travis Morrison, Porn, J Dilla, Portugal the Man, Johnny Mnemonic, Henry Rollins, Hawaiian Standards, Edward Scissorhands, Sufjan Stevens, David Cross, Weezer, Showgirls, Plant, Faith No More, Lawnmower Man, Total Recall, The legend of Zelda, Nirvana, Zebraman, Yoko Ono, AI(Artificial Intelligence), Centaur, Dom Mino.
Daylight District (2004-2009):
Four piece project that started out as hip hop with live instrumentation, and prgressed into more orchestral melodic arrangements with singing as well as rapping. I initially played guitar and backing vocals/raps, then I went on to use a variety of percussion such as bells, various drums, sampler, cymbals, and keyboards.
Since 2004, Daylight District has been creating a unique brand of indie rock meets hip hop—seamlessly fusing composition and improvisation. Frank Friend is vocalist, keyboardist, composer. Aaron O Tobin plays drums and percussion. Tim Heller plays bass. Paul Solorzano adds textures, percussion, and vocals.
Based out of Florida, the band has played shows at top venues in the area. Some recent highlights include playing The State Theatre in St. Petersburg and The Florida Music Festival in Orlando. On May 9th of 2008, DD released their first full-length “Beautiful, Historic” - the band's second release to date. The album was engineered by friend and inspiration, Greg Marchak at Audio Lab Studios in Tampa. Sadly, Greg passed away before completion of the beautiful, historic album. Wes Price took on the difficult task of finishing the last of the work.
Reviews of "Beautiful, Historic: 2008":
"It’s rare to find a live band that melds hip-hop, emo, funk and punk as effortlessly as the Bradenton/Orlando quartet Daylight District. Leading the charge is charismatic lead singer/rapper/keyboardist Frank Friend, who alternates between candid confessionals and party starters, both of which work equally well. This year marked the release of Daylight District’s outstanding full-length, Beautiful, Historic."
from CREATIVE LOAFING's "BEST OF THE BAY"
"Orlando/Bradenton quartet Daylight District's full-length Beautiful, Historic melds funk, punk, emo and hip-hop in a highly distinctive manner. Keyboardist/vocalist and chief songwriter Frank Friend alternates between melodic rapping and singing. The lyrics largely focus on personal struggles -- but there are also a couple odes to partying. Tim Heller's bass lines, Aaron O Tobin's drumming and Paul Solorzano's guitar work flesh out Friend's eclectic musings and keyboard foundations. One of the disc's finest numbers, "Are We There Yet?," finds Friend playing acoustic guitar and rapping over a melody that climaxes into a gripping mash-up of indie-rock and funk."
–Wade Tatangelo (Creative Loafing, Tampa)
"…eclectic bass styles, skronk jazz guitar, and change-em-up beats come together easily throughout, whether the vocals are rapped or sung, they provide a foundation that's both interesting and consistently, reliably melodic. The best tunes are still the ones with more mellifluous vocal passages, like "Snapshot," "7am," and "Sad Situation," but even those who hate the whole indie-kid rap thing have to respect the originality and musical prowess displayed here, and folks who are into stuff like the Anticon set would do well to scarf it up"
–Scott Harrell (REAX, Tampa)
Reviews of “This is Now!” EP: 2005
“It only has six songs on it, but they are all excellent tracks”
– Kayla Anderson (Connections, Orlando)
“…for such a brief record, it's impressive indeed.”
– Mark Sanders (Weekly Planet, Tampa)
Final Fantasy VI: Volume One (2008)
I've always been a huge fan of the Final Fantasy series, FFVI in particular. Every so often I'll record a cover of one of these tunes.
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1. Another world of beasts
2. The mines of Narshe
4.Rest in peace
5.Under martial law
Why Are We Here? (2007)
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1.Meaning of life
2.Get me a shot, I'm horny
5.If toys could dance...
8.The odd I see
9.Let's have a kid someday
12.A breeze that blew in
13.I hope you have a good birthday
14.Meaning of life (reprise)
15.Lillies (bonus track)
16.Oversleep (bonus track)
Four piece pop rock outfit. I sang and played guitar. From the garageband page:
"well, these three guys started playing really loud music in aaron's garage and told all of their friends to see them on there first show. it was a really sucky show with only earl, aaron, and nik(our old singer) but it made our other friends wish they were in a band so they joined. we've been rocking the set together since then."
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