The Rocks Off 200

The Rocks Off 200: Frank Ortiz, Synth-Pop Served Perfectly Frank

Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link.

Who? I've said it before and will say it again; Houston has an electronica scene that never gets anywhere near the recognition that it deserves: Bang Bangz, BLSHS and now I hear Asmodeus X is back on the move. Now you can add Frank Ortiz, who goes by the simple frank., to the list.

Ortiz cut his teeth on a Casio MT-500 he got for Christmas. His dad showed him the C, F and G chords, and he taught himself the rest. When technology improved, he teamed with some friends to form Paul Lynde is Dead (PLID) for live performances, but since that act petered out he has dedicated himself to writing solo.

Ortiz released the single "alibi" earlier this year, and hopes to have his first EP ready by September. He's currently working with Thomas Brigman on some collaborative synth-pop, and if his current work is any indication it's going to be good stuff.

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Jef Rouner (not cis, he/him) is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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