keeps me alive, and the music keeps me grounded”
Born on December 10, 1972 in Downey, California
Donavon Frankenreiter currently resides in Laguna Beach, CA among
the things he loves – his wife, his son, his guitar, and
Growing up, his days revolved around the water,
surfing every chance he had. At age 13, Billabong became Donavon’s
first sponsor and afforded him a role most surfers dream of, that
of a free surfer – paid to ride the waves, but not required
to surf in competition.
Like most in the pursuit of surf, at 14 years
old Donavan ended up in Hawaii. He rented a room at Jack Johnson’s
parents’ home to North Shore’s famous Pipeline. The
two became instant friends. When they weren’t in the water
they would learn guitar together, make up their own songs, and
just hang out. When Donavon was 15, he got his first
guitar but it wasn’t until he was 18 that he started playing
seriously and formed his high school band Peanut Butter and Jam.
He has always loved to play music, but only in the last three
years, has he discovered his own voice, style and confidence to
go at it on his own.
These days Donavon approaches his music with
persistence – constantly playing guitar and writing whenever
he has the chance. Donavon likes to keep it simple, allowing his
music to be inspired by anything that moves him, especially his
surfing. In 2002, Jack founded Brushfire Records. Coincidently,
it was at this time that Donavon was stepping out musically, making
it a natural pairing. Donavon’s self-titled Brushfire debut,
May 2004 was recorded at the Mango Tree, Hawaii and produced by
Jack and Mario Caldato Jr.
Although Donavon is still revered as one of
the most charismatic and soulful surfers in the world today, his
focus has shifted significantly to his music. This album is about
the last 10 years of Donavon’s life and the love, travel,
and all the new beginnings that happened along the way. Along
with bass player Matt Grundy, drummer Dean Butterworth, percussionist
David Leach, Koool G. Murder (from the Eels) on keys, Jack Johnson
and G.Love both appear on the album.
Recently Donavon linked up with Breeders drummer
Jose Medeles and hopes to continue his great run of touring that
has already included dates with Jack Johnson, G.Love & Special
Sauce and Dave Matthews in 2003.