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D.V.F. is the former lead singer/guitarist of the Christian Metal/Rock band,SozoRox (1st and 2nd place consecutively "Battle of the Christian Bands" Iuka,IL) After a 8 year stint of playing out in the tri-state area,the band is on hiatus for the time being.Plans for a new album are in the works,but no release date has been set.All the songs posted on this profile are tunes I have built up from random riffs and songs I have had sitting on my PC for the past 4 years.Just taking time to finish them for the masses to hear!
Why this name?
Why the name Darren Van Frankenstein?Darren is my real first name.....Van is a nod to the man who made me love guitars,Edward Van Halen.......Frankenstein is my music.Some of it may lean towards heavy rock,some of it may lean towards ballads,and some may even roam into hip-hop territory.
Do you play live?
D.V.F.'s main band-SozoRox,has played all over the St.louis tri-state area.Playing live is such a huge high.When you have a crowd of 300 or more people enjoying what your doing,the energy is incredible.Special Moments???When my main band won 1st and 2nd place consecutively in 2008/2009 "Battle of the Christian Bands" Iuka,IL and performing live at Six Flags on October's Fright Fest stage,and in the summer jamming in front of the Six Flags "Batman" ride!
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
The internet has allowed all musicians the freedom to get their music out to the public and worldwide in a immediate way.Technology has allowed the small guy to record in his own bedroom and get very high quality results without the high priced studio rates.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
That's a catch 22.Signing to a record label gets you promotion tools/exposure/funds you don't have available in many areas.The problem is,the record industry is going bankrupt.With technology as advanced as it is,music is readily available WITHOUT them holding all the cards
Band History:
SozoRox band incarnation-2003
Touring history-2003-2009
Albums:
1-self titled/SozoRox
2-Metal with a mission
D.V.F.-a lifetime in the making :)
Your influences?
EDDIE VAN HALEN, VAN HALEN, NUNO BETTENCOURT, MEGADETH,DRAMAGODS, DREAM THEATRE, JOHN SCHLITT, KING'S X, TY TABOR,STRYPER, DOKKEN, MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, JOE SATRIANI, STEVE VAI, GEORGE LYNCH, QUEENSRYCHE, BEATLES, EXTREME, SAMMY HAGAR, KANSAS,ACE FREHLEY, KISS, LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT, VINNIE MOORE, RUDY SARZO,BILLY SHEENAN, TONY MACALPINE, RANDY RHOADS, DWEEZIL ZAPPA, TRIUMPH, RIK EMMETT, CREED,BLACK LABEL SOCIETY,BILLY SQUIER,ELO,CHRIS CORNELL,DAMN YANKEES,DEF LEPPARD, EVERCLEAR,FOO FIGHTERS,GENESIS,GS MEGAPHONE,JOHN ELEFANTE,LYNCH MOB,JELLY JAM,PLATYPUS,OZZY,NIGHT RANGER,QUIET RIOT,QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE,RATT,SCOTT STAPP,GUNS AND ROSES,SOUNDGARDEN,STEVE MORSE,STONE TEMPLE PILOTS,SYSTEM OF A DOWN,TOMMY SHAW,THIRD DAY,AUDIOSLAVE, ALTER BRIDGE, BLS, THIRD DAY, SKILLET, AUDIO ADRENALINE, AND MANY,MANY MORE!!
Favorite spot?
St.louis,Mo has always been a favorite hot spot
Equipment used:
Guitars-I'm not tied down to any brand.There are too many top notch axes out there!
Amplification-Line 6/Bogner SpiderValve series.Awesome tone and built in effects.All I could ever ask for in an amp
Picks-Ibanez Grip Wizard Heavy and Jim Dunlop Jazz III Ultex
Recording-Protools MBox Pro2,ART SGX 2000 Express w/X-15 Ultrafoot,M-Audio Axiom,KRK Rokit 5 monitors,Line 6 Gear Box,multiple software programs
Anything else...?
Gig history-

Grace Church (Bethalto IL)
Grace Church (Bethalto IL.)
Grace Church (Bethalto IL.)
River of Life Church (Alton IL.)
Grace Outdoor Outreach (Bethalto IL.)
Return of the Rock/ Outdoor Concert/ Cornerstone Church (Bethalto IL.)
CornerStone Coffee House (Cottage Hills IL.)
Ten Mile Baptist Church (Mcleansboro, IL.)
Harvest SuperBowl Party (Alton IL.)
Kirkwood Baptist/ One Movie Benefit (St Louis Mo)
The Gathering Place
James Lieland benefit (Alton IL.)
Riverside Church/ Friday Night Fever (St. Charles MO)
Kingdom Treasures (Fairview Heights IL.)
Solid Rock Kaffee
Searcy Family Benefit, (St. Charles MO.)
Christian Paintball Association (Texico IL)
Atypical HUS Benefit, (St. Louis Mo.)
El Shaddai Ranch
Solid Rock Kaffee
Bombers baseball game (Alton, IL.)
RiveRock- (St. Charles Mo)
The Realm- Opened for Justifide
NCAA Final Four Outreach (St. Louis)
Club 1 A.D (Pittsburg, IL.)
Club 1 A.D. (Pittsburg IL.)
Joplin GodStock (Joplin, Mo.)
Christian Paintball (Texico, IL.)
The Rave (Warrenton, Mo)
A.D.Fest (Pittsburg, IL.)
Truthfest (Burlington, Iowa)
Morton Assembly Of God (Morton, IL)
New Life Fest (Clinton IL)
First Christian Church (Alton, IL.)
Bayless Coffee House (St. Louis Mo)
The Rave (Warrenton Mo.)
Shoutfest (Warrenton Mo.)
Crosspointe Fellowship (O'Fallon Mo.)
Days Of Praise (Alhambra IL.)
CPPA Finals (Texico IL.)
New Youth Center Christening/The Cave (Festus Mo.)
The Stomp(Mesqutah,Il)
Christian Rock Concert Club/Dante's (St.louis,Mo)
The Refinery(Decatur,IL)
The Underground(Clinton,IN)
SonFest(Marion,Il)
Private birthday(Clinton,IN)
Battle of the bands(Springfield,Il)
Woodriverstock(Wood River,IL)
House of Victory(East Alton,IL)
Shoutfest 06'(Granite city,IL)
(Herrin,IL)
Reggie Clemmens Freedom festival(Flourissant,Mo)
C.S.M Concert (St.Peter's,Mo)
Hyde Park Festival 07'(St.Louis,MO.)
Reggie Williams Benefit (St.Louis,Mo)
Concert w/Andre in Parking lot(Flourissant,Mo)
Creepy Crawl Battle of the Bands(St.Louis,Mo.)
African American Festival/Fountain park (St.Louis,MO.)
Mt.Olive Baptist Church(St.Louis,MO.)
The Mill Skatepark(Granite City,IL)
Daystar Church(Flourissant,MO.)
Six Flags (Eureka,Mo.)
The Comedy Forum (St.Peter's,Mo.)
O.T.B.M. Back to school Bash Concert (Granite City,Il)
Battle for the prize/Battle of the Bands (Iuka,Il) 2nd place winners
Jesus fest (Granite City,Il)
Six Flags (Eureka,Il)
Hyde Park Festival 08'(St.Louis,Mo.)
Harvest festival (Hamel,Il)
Celebrate Jesus Music Festival(Paragould,AS)
Cruzn' RT.66 Live music venue (St.Louis,MO)
Just Bills Music Venue (Overland,Mo)
East Alton Ice Arena (East Alton,IL)
New Life Evangelical Center/KNLC TV24(St.Louis,MO)
Jesus Fest V (Steelville,Mo)
D.V.F. in the 5150 studio
D.V.F. 1979
D.V.F. w/ the 5150 Kramer
D.V.F. w/ the "Frankenshoes"
D.V.F. 2008
Flying D.V.F.
Flying D.V.F.II
D.V.F. w/the original "Frankenstrat"
D.V.F. jamming thru the 5150II halfstack
D.V.F. 2007 tour
D.V.F. 2003
Classy D.V.F.
D.V.F. w/the EVH Wolfgang prototype
D.V.F. tapping
D.V.F. 2007
Early D.V.F. :P
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