Meet Dion Friley: Kanye sound designer goes viral after listening party

Amber Peake February 23, 2022
Meet Dion Friley: Kanye sound designer goes viral after listening party
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Kanye West shared his latest Donda album with fans this week in a live experience event in Miami, Florida.

The rapper performed tracks from new album Donda 2 on Tuesday (22 February) in an event at the LoanDepot Park in Miami. However, the performance experienced technical difficulties. At one point, Ye even threw his mic in frustration.

Fans are now curious to know more about Dion Friley, who was listed as a sound designer at the event. Let’s take a look…

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A look at the Donda 2 event

On Tuesday (22 February) Ye, formally known as Kanye West, took to the stage to throw a listening party in Miami, Florida, for his latest album, Donda 2.

The rapper was joined by a number of other artists, including Jack Harlow and Migos, and performed his new single City Of Gods alongside Alicia Keys and Fivio Foreign.

However, in the second half of the event, Ye faced sound issues in a performance of Donda 1 track Jail 2. During the song, the Independent reports there was a glitch in the microphone audio, which led Ye to drop his mic in frustration.

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Fans react to Donda 2 party sound issues

When the Donda 2 listening party was over, the sound quality became a point of discussion among fans on Twitter. And the poor sound crew seem to have become the butt of reactions and memes on the platform:

In the credits of the live stream, Dion Friley was listed as sound designer, which was picked up by certain users on Reddit. The Instagram belonging to Friley was then spammed by Ye fans – the sound designer appears to have now set his account to private.

There also seem to have been a number of fake Instagram accounts created by people impersonating Friley.

The Focus has reached out to Dion Friley to hear his side of the story.

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Who is Donda 2 sound director Dion Friley?

As per his website, Dion Friley is a Los Angeles-based music director with more than 20 years of experience in the industry. He has worked with Kendrick Lamar on his tours since 2013 as well as other artists, including Eminem, SZA and Baby Keem.

He also worked with Ye on the rapper’s Yeezus tour, which Complex reported was one of the highest-grossing tours of 2013.

Looks like he knows his stuff. Come on everyone, can’t a guy catch a break?

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.