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You do you – Andy Frasco on acceptance in his new single

My superhero, Kobe Bryant, used to say don’t be bitter, be better. So, I’ve always tried to be better every year. I’m not trying to stay still, I want to get better at everything in life. I’m not just plateauing. I’m going to keep fighting to be the best songwriter I can be. Because if you’re not evolving, you’re dying. 

Andy Frasco & The U.N. have long been the high-flying DIY renegades of the touring scene known and loved for their kaleidoscopic musical fusion and one-of-a-kind onstage audacity. Now celebrating their longevity, the band is shaking things up with L’Optimist (Fun Machine Records/Soundly Music), as its title suggests, Frasco’s most hopeful and enthusiastic collection thus far. A testament to Frasco’s wide-ranging influences and boundless energy, his band’s sixth released studio album sees the magnetic frontman continuing to chart his path of self-exploration and personal discovery through increasingly introspective lyricism and musical adventure.

I fight depression every single day, and one way to fight depression is through optimism. I try to write optimistic songs because optimism keeps me going. As humans, I don’t think we’re all that much different. Everyone needs a little optimism to keep going.


With everything that’s going on right now surrounding LGBTQIA+ rights and the government not letting people be themselves, Andy decided to release a song ‘You Do You’ that was his call to arms and a way of adding another voice to the fight.


It’s a song about being unapologetically yourself at all times, even if some don’t agree. This is what we should always be fighting for. It is basically a call to arms to myself. Like, what is success? We built success through being outlaws and being ourselves. I did it my own way and it worked out for the best, I think. Could we have been way more successful if I just conformed? Maybe, but that’s boring. It sounds like cheating in a race and I’m not trying to cheat. I want to do it my way. Hopefully, I’ll look back when I’m 80 and realize that, like Frank Sinatra, I did it my way.”