Frank Kadillac doesn’t think he should have turned out to be a good person. His mother had him when she was 17; he endured hardships growing up; he never stayed in one place long enough to make friends, and went to 10 different schools. This made him a easy target for bullies but he persevered, and now is dedicating his life to make sure others can overcome hardships too.

“I have stories to tell from a place of love to other people who are like me,” he explains. “My main goal has been to reach as many people as I can and spread positive energy. I feel like I need to get out the message to people who are like me, because I don’t know anybody else who’s doing it.”

Neon Dreams is the vessel for that message. Kadillac and drummer Adrian Morris have been making music together under that moniker since 2015, but it wasn’t until last year that Kadillac realized his true purpose. “I want to be the soundtrack to the next generation,” Kadillac proclaims. “I’m not writing for a bunch of cool kids. I’m writing for the kid sitting in the hallway eating lunch; the kid that has the perfect family but just doesn’t fit into it; the people who feel out of place.”

He relays this message every time he’s onstage. Even live it’s just him and Morris, though he says they exude the energy of a six piece band. They mix rock with pop sensibilities, and at times Kadillac rap sings. He also gives a nod to the hip-hop community by referencing other artists’ lyrics in his own. “I like triggering people’s memory when they hear something that’s familiar to them,” he says. But really, he and Morris write music from their hearts without being concerned with genre, and incorporate everythingfrom EDM to reggae in their sound.

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