DJ Frantic of Clever Monkeys Dies in Car Wreck

4 Feb

DJ Frantic

photo by Bryan Daniels – Express Yourself Imaging

Long-time Dallas DJ Fran Erck, who spun as DJ Frantic and was one-half of the Clever Monkeys collective, has passed away in an auto accident over the weekend. This guy was a tremendous talent and he will be sorely missed by the community. Condolences to his family. Here is a link to the NBC 5 story. Following is a re-post from his Clever Monkeys mate Big J:

A post for those who aren’t aware of the tragic death of my beloved friend, brother and the other half of the CLEVER MONKEYS, DJ Frantic whose real name is Fran Erck. God called him home on Saturday morning. He will be deeply missed and long remembered. I am numb and trying to be strong, however very difficult because I loved Frantic. A true friend and brother. He will always be remembered not just for his talent on the turntables but also for his humbleness, personality and spirit. Please take the time to post comments on his Myspace page. He loved everyone of his friends on Myspace and took comments seriously and was so proud of them. My prayers go out to his wife Stacy, his parents, Sister, relatives and thousands of friends and admirers. The funeral arrangments are for Wednesday, February 6, 2008.

Go to for all videos – “Dj Frantic”

videos also after the jump.

R.I.P Fran Erck 1976-2008

8 Responses to “DJ Frantic of Clever Monkeys Dies in Car Wreck”

  1. John February 4, 2008 at 7:49 am #

    very sad. only talked to him a couple of times over the internet. very sad indeed and for his family and new wife.

  2. meaghan February 4, 2008 at 12:30 pm #

    used to work at the Red Lion when DJ Frantic was working there. I would like to send my regards to his wife and family. It is a horrible thing and my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. Abby February 5, 2008 at 7:35 am #

    I met Fran when I was 17.. its amazing how he’d grown from a simple, crude house dj to the turntablist he was when he passed. His soul will live on thru his music.

    All my good vibes go to his Wife Stacey and the rest of his family.

  4. ISA February 9, 2008 at 8:20 pm #

    If you thought his turntablelism was superb …. multiply the quality of his work x’s 1000000000000000000000000000000 and thats the goodness his spirit possesed … a wholesome dude indeed…and will be terribly missed …. CLEVER MONKEYS COMING TO A ZOO NEAR YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Salaam !!!!!

  5. Parameter Surfer February 11, 2008 at 6:27 pm #

    This is very sad news indeed=(…

    and its true.. he loved all of his myspace friends and sent out a good energy..
    I remember listening to ‘By Your side’ 10 times at first and then downloading it and listening to it repeatedly strictly because it was so positive… if you havent heard it before then i urge you to do so..

    Big love to his family and Big J…
    ‘True Legends Never Die’

  6. aaron elizondo February 15, 2008 at 5:19 pm #

    it was awsome growing up with fran and stacy watching us and they were crazy and fran might be gone but not forgoten

  7. Killaz February 18, 2008 at 3:39 am #

    talken with him few times on the net, a very nice connection between Italy and USA, a wonderful boy… it’s terrible… no words enough… things are strange to understand sometime… missing you fran, shake heaven with your crazy cuts

    with love and a hug to family, wife and Big J…

  8. Matt Clark September 27, 2008 at 9:31 am #

    For reals DJ Frantic was the first Dj that got me into scratchin. I just realized something wasnt right when he didnt reply to one of my messages… he will be missed…
    my prayers and thoughts go out to his family

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