FREAQUE is for the derelicts, the heretics, the tree stumps, and those who live on the fringes of society. A tattered voice, made of strung out words, hung to dry over broken chords on his mothers piano. This new venture from Gabriel Rodreick was created in his childhood dining room, on the piano he played for 11 years before a spinal cord injury took away his hands. In a wooden womb of darkness, he took what he had and rose above a society that constantly tells us we are not enough, that were only worth the possessions we own, the money in our bank accounts, and our body's abilities. We do not have to conform to societal standards to be valued as human beings. That is why he creates music and art.
A little more than one year after an accident left him paralyzed from the chest down, ThatsLife was born. During the empty nights alone in the hospital, max turned to sound to fill the gaps missing inside. The creation of music transformed into mental therapy that lifted Max from that sunken place. However, Thats Life isnt just the name of a musical act, its also a phrase that emphasizes acceptance of the things we cant change. Through music, Max hopes to inspire others to keep pushing through the painful struggle we call life, all while giving audiences a glimpse into his personal journey.