He was one of the principal members of drum & bass supergroup, Bad Company, alongside Darren White (dBridge), Jason Maldini, and Michael Wojcicki (Vegas). He also owns and runs the pioneering drum & bass label Breakbeat Kaos with Adam F.
Along with the three other members of Bad Company, Fresh founded the record label BC Recordings, as well as the website Dogs on Acid. Bad Company are heralded as one of the finest drum & bass acts ever, having produced numerous genre-defining tracks.
Undoubtedly their most renowned track is “The Nine”, a track released in 1998 when Fresh was just 21 years old. “The Nine” was later voted the greatest drum & bass track of all time by readers of Knowledge Magazine.
In 2009 Fresh released a 12″ of “Heavyweight” (with Fantasia on the B side) on the Digital Soundboy label. “Heavyweight” had a different style from Fresh‘s usual output, and gained positive reviews and a general positive response through the underground scene and within various radio stations.
On 1 August 2010, he re-released his song “Gold Dust” featuring vocals from Ce’Cile, where it peaked 24 in the UK and 39 in Ireland, it marked his first Top 40 hit in both countries. On 16 August, he released his second studio album, “Kryptonite” where it peaked 4 on the UK Dance Chart.
On 12 February 2012, the second single “Hot Right Now“, featuring British Albanian singer Rita Ora, became his second number one in the UK, and the first drum and bass song to chart at number one in the UK. The third single from the album, “The Power“, which features rapper Dizzee Rascal, was officially released on 3 June 2012.
“Nextlevelism” includes the hits “Hot Right Now“, “Louder“, “The Power“, “Gold Dust“, “The Feeling” and features Rita Ora, Dizzee Rascal, Rizzle Kicks, Professor Green, Ms Dynamite, The Fray and Liam Bailey.
Stein is currently working on his fourth studio album which is due for release in 2014. The album’s lead single, “Earthquake“, is a collaboration with Diplo and Dominique Young Unique. The song was released on 18 August 2013 and managed to reach number 4 in the UK Singles Chart. An edited version titled “Motherquake” was produced and released specifically for the film Kick-Ass 2.
The album’s second single, “Dibby Dibby Sound”, samples the song “Dibby Dibby” by moombahton producer Jay Fay and features additional vocals from Ms. Dynamite. The song is credited as DJ Fresh vs. Jay Fay. The song received the title of Zane Lowe‘s “Hottest Record in the World”.
The third single from the album, “Make U Bounce“, is credited as DJ Fresh vs. TC featuring Little Nikki. The song is a rework of TC’s previously unreleased 2012 song “Make You Bounce” and will be released on 22 June 2014.
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She co-wrote “Gold Dust” with me so I see it as a sequel to that. I get involved with writing – some producers send backing tracks to people and get a song sent back. That’s not how I operate. The song is a really important part of the track”.
In addition, Fresh conducted his own “extensive research of traditional Brazilian drum beats to re-create an authentic carnival sound, re-playing and re-creating individual drum beats and sounds himself”.
Directed by The Sacred Egg, who had previously directed the Breach videos Jack and Everything You Never Had, the video was shot in Middlesex. The production crew built large stacks of speaker cabinets around a house.
Lewis Corner of Digital Spy blog gave the song a mixed review, stating:
After 15 years in the drum ‘n’ bass game and having created some of the genre’s most popular tunes, it’s fair to say DJ Fresh ruffled a few feathers when he decided to go electro-reggae-hip-hop on last year’s Diplo-assisted ‘Earthquake’.
He’d sold out, apparently, although he was quick to silence the cynics when we spoke to him about it, insisting: “I feel like I’m in a place where I can make whatever sort of sound I want”. For his follow-up, he’s teamed up with 19-year-old US producer Jay Fay and re-worked his original ‘Dibby Dibby Sound’ into three and a half minutes of stomping electro-bass.
“Shout it out, put up your hands high,” guest singer Ms Dynamite chants over a pulsing bounce before a head-spinning chorus drops that harks back to Basement Jaxx. Its immediate rush wears off soon enough, but nonetheless, this brash and bolshy piece of carnival pop is the sound of a man who’s very much large and in charge.
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