DJ Fresh came onto the drum & bass world as Absolute Zero, having been signed to the label Renegade Hardware. He moved to the forefront of the scene when he helped form Bad Company, known in the beginning as Future Forces Inc. Bad Company saw its first hit release when Fresh (otherwise known as Daniel Stein) was just 21 years old, and went on to produce a successful string of records and singles.
He decided to go on his own again in 2002 and founded the Breakbeat Punk label. Breakbeat Punk soon merged with Adam F’s Kaos Recordings and became the legendary Breakbeat Kaos. While helping run Breakbeat Kaos, DJ Fresh was also working with artists such as DJ Shadow, Pet Shop Boys, Andy C, Grooverider, and became best-known for signing and releasing Pendulum‘s seminal album Hold Your Colour in 2005.
As his remixes began showing up in every drum & bass mix on the scene, he released the Jungle Sound: The Bassline Strikes Back! mixtape with label mate Adam F, which proved to be huge on the scene. 2006 also saw the release of his first studio album Escape From Planet Monday featuring the awe inspiring tracks “The Immortal,” “All That Jazz,” and “X Project.”
In 2009, DJ Fresh released his second LP Kryptonite to critical acclaim, having changed his style to account for the dubstep sound that had crawled its way onto the UK scene by then. He stayed quiet and behind the scenes until 2011, when he released the single for his next album, Nextlevelism, on July 3rd that year. The album was released in October of 2012 around the time Fresh began to announce his next conception, FRESH/LIVE. Here he would be performing on keys with a drummer, vocalist, and guitarist, performing identical renditions of his in-studio recordings. Fresh will continue to awe and inspire us as a mainstay of the UK drum & bass music scene, producing jaw-dropping conceptualism while carving out the sounds of the future.