Marc Freccero: Recent College Grad DJs Across America

Marc Freccero: Recent College Grad DJs Across America

Marc-Freccero-DJing-on-TourMarc Freccero graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012 with a degree in accounting, but a burning passion for music.  The summer of his senior year of college, he interned at Deloitte – one of the most well known consulting firms (in the “Big Four”).  After he graduated, Deloitte offered him a full time position which he accepted.  However, before long he knew that it wasn’t the life for him.

As you can imagine most recent college grads would be, he was confused.  He wanted to pursue his dreams of rockin’ out to huge crowds and living the DJ lifestyle, but did not want to risk losing out on having a steady job.

Marc-Freccero-Leaves-Delotte-to-Pursure-DJ-PassionSo guess what he decided to do?  You go it.  Both.

Marc Freccero didn’t mess around.  He started working 12 hour days, 9-to-5 at the office and the rest on music.  Since he was only getting three to four hours of sleep, he would spend 15 minutes taking naps in the office bathroom several times a day.  Although this worked for for the first few weeks, Freccero realized the lack of sleep and long days were too much – Freccero quickly realized he was becoming burnt out.

So guess what he did?  He gave up.  But unlike most people, he didn’t give up on his music, but his job.  He quit his comfortable, well-paying job at Deloitte just two months after he started.  He didn’t have a plan except for one thing – to pursue his dreams of playing and creating music.  Marc Freccero stated, “Life’s way too short and I just needed to go for it.”

Music has been Marc Freccero’s passion ever since he can remember.  Freccero played classical piano for a decade and the saxaphone for seven years.  He stated that his love for classical music and jazz later developed his interest in electronic music.  In fact, the songs that Marc Freccero produces incorporates both classical piano and the saxophone as they are embedded in his music roots.

Marc Freccero stated, “I wanted to become something, I wanted to do everything I loved doing and make a living doing it.”  Which is exactly what he is doing.

But Marc Freccero’s free and entrepreneurial spirit doesn’t stop there, he said he spent about a year in Boston struggling to make a living by participating in psychological studies, real estate, modeling, promotion, and DJing.  Marc Freccero called this “creative and unorthodox ways to make money.”  A true statement from a true hustler.

After graduating, Marc Freccero moved back into his parents house to pursue his passion for music while saving money.  While home, he connected with a friend who was touring the country while pursuing promotion and music.  This quickly got the wheels in Freccero’s head turning and he decided to do some touring of his own. And he did.Marc-Freccero-school-Umass-Amherst

Marc Freccero is currently touring across the country where he is spending a month in each city he visits.  Every month he is releasing a track inspired by the cities vibe and culture.  Freccero hopes to have an album finished by the time he is finished touring.  The cities he chose are known for their vibrant electronic music scene.  These cities include Seattle, Chicago, New York City and Portland, Oregon.

Freccero stated, “At the end of this journey, the album will contain an array of styles designed to encapsulate my experiences.”  He is blogging and posting his music on his website called the Light Nearby Project.

At the start of his journey, Freccero realized he needed to money, and fast.  So he decided to sell his car and bought a van in which he currently lives.  He has a small mattress and a few small plastic cabinets for clothes.  He has budgeted enough for one meal a day and gas.  Freccero started the tour in Boston, and has traveled to Austin, Miami, and Las Vegas.  He is currently in Boulder, CO where he posted something about a girl told him a belly button will determine if you’re clean or not? When I first read it, I was confused too… along with Freccero and (if you’ve read the article) you too.Anyways, moving on…Marc-Freccero-Living-Out-Of-Van

Freccero stated that “There were days where I’ve been so low on money I’d go into Starbucks and get honey packets and that’d be my meal for the entire day.”

However, Marc Freccero is staying positive and continuing to pursue his album as well as a successful entrepreneurial career in music.

Freccero stated, “I would define entrepreneurship as searching for happiness, I feel like that’s what everyone wants. I feel like entrepreneurs are happiness engineers.”  As a fellow DJ, I have to totally agree with Freccero on that statement.

To add this is entrepreneurial mindset, Freccero created a hashtag called #ForwardThinkingFriday, a spin off of the already popular social media hashtag #ThrowbackThursday.  #ForwardThinkingFriday is to be used when posting a photo of where one wants to be in the future.  At the end of each week, Freccero posts a picture to Instagram of where he wants to be in the future and where he sees his life heading.

“I think the important thing is not necessarily what’s behind you, but to look forward as well, every Friday now, I post a picture of where I want to be looking forward.” Freccero stated.

After the tour is finished in November, Freccero is hoping to release his entire album on a major record label.  He is also hoping to have a wide and strong nationwide network of friends and colleagues who know him as a DJ and music producer.

Currently five months into his tour, Freccero stated  he hopes he’s “inspiring other people to pursue what they love.”

No matter what that ends up being, he’ll have the support of family and friends along the way.

Freccero’s younger brother, Luke Freccero stated, “I’m definitely proud of him [Marc] and I’m happy that he’s doing it, I know that I’m certainly inspired by what he’s doing, and there are tons of other people who are too.”  Luke Freccero also attended UMass Amherst, just like Marc.Marc-Freccero-DJing-at-Bar-in-Colorado

Marc Freccero’s project came from a quote that Ruth E. Renkel said, “Never fear shadows. They simply mean there’s a light shining somewhere nearby.”  Although Freccero has had to overcome many struggles he is trudging on into the shadows and not looking back.

“The whole idea behind it is that whenever you’re struggling, or when you’re at a bad point in your life, there’s certainly a light nearby,” Luke said. “You just have to know how to find it and where to look for it. So I think that sums up the project. No matter where [Marc] is on the trip or if he’s struggling or not, he knows that eventually there’s going to be a light helping him out somewhere along the way.”

The story of Marc Freccero and his the Light Nearby Project is both inspiring and motivating.  No matter where you are in life, you should pursue your dreams and passions.  After all, you only live once, so you may as well take full advantage of your life and live your dreams – no matter the cost.


DJ Whrr
DJ Whrr
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