ADAM FREELAND

ADAM FREELAND

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Adam Freeland climaxed the first decade of the 2000s with a convention-shattering subsonic boom. In 2009, the Grammy-nominated DJ/producer released his second artist album,... read more
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Adam Freeland climaxed the first decade of the 2000s with a convention-shattering subsonic boom. In 2009, the Grammy-nominated DJ/producer released his second artist album, Cope™, on his acclaimed indie label Marine Parade; featuring contributions from members of DEVO, Spinnerette, Nine Inch Nails, and the Pixies and co-production from Alex Metric, Cope™ vividly blurred boundaries between electronic dance music and rock. As such, Freeland stepped away from the turntables to put together a band for live shows, bringing his new hybrid sound to international crowds spanning Glastonbury to Secret Garden Party to Symbiosis to a prestigious live appearance on the “Morning Becomes Eclectic” show on influential radio station KCRW. Controversy followed these successes, however, when it became clear that the Black Eyed Peas had sampled without permission a large chunk of “Mancry” – a key song off Cope™ featuring Tommy Lee on drums – for their song “Party All The Time.” Freeland and the pop superstars recently settled amicably, however, allowing him to shift into a new era – then again, leading the charge into new eras is something Adam Freeland has been acclaimed for throughout his entire career.

Since he released his renowned debut mix CD, Coastal Breaks, in 1996, Adam Freeland has represented change, innovation and irreverence in electronic music. With Coastal Breaks, Freeland was hailed as a key originator of the breakbeat genre – bringing syncopated funk and groove to the expected 4/4 thump of electronic club sounds of the day. Freeland released a second edition of Coastal Breaks in 1998, but soon bristled under being so closely linked to a genre. “The whole reason I was excited about breaks was the fact that it had brought diversity to club music,” Freeland says. “But when it became a style with its own clichés and stereotypes, I had to move on.” As a result, Freeland created the multidimensional sound he is now famous for, one not limited by genre parameters: a Freeland DJ set is most certain to rock the house, but within it one will find state-of-the-art grooves from across the board. “I listen to and make all kinds of music, from the most minimal techno to the noisiest of drone rock to neo-electro fresh off the blogs,” Freeland explains. “I want to take listeners on that same journey right along with me.”

With his signature non-signature style, Adam Freeland has become one of the preeminent producer/artists working in electronic music, as well as one of the top DJs in the world, placing on DJ charts year after year. As a DJ and bandleader, he’s played Coachella four times, as well as everywhere from Ibiza’s superclubs to his own residency at famed London venue Fabric to Souk in Singapore (Freeland was one of the first DJs, in fact, to regularly tour Asia). During his career, Freeland has played nearly every major club and festival in the world, frequently as a headliner as well as touring with the likes of Massive Attack, Justice, M.I.A., and Prodigy, among others. He’s continued to release mix CDs, beginning the millennium era with Tectonics (2000) and On Tour (2001), next putting out Fabric Live 16 in 2005 as part of Fabric’s acclaimed compilation series and contributed his own edition of the famed Back To Mine series in 2005, following the notable likes of Underworld, Liam Howlett, New Order, Tricky, Pet Shop Boys and Royksopp; cementing his superstar DJ status, in 2007 Freeland was chosen to helm his own mix for the groundbreaking Global Underground series – but of course caused controversy by breaking with the title’s progressive house bent as solidified by the likes of Sasha, Digweed and Oakenfold.

As an artist, producer and label head, Freeland continues to set trends. He received a Grammy nomination in 2005 for his remix of Sarah Vaughan’s “Fever,” which cemented his reputation as a remixer: other notable mixes include re-rubs for the likes of Metric, Nick Cave, The Orb, Kelis, Pink, Orbital, Silversun Pickups, Marilyn Manson, Fujiya & Miyagi and more; his bootleg mixes of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” were underground smashes, his official mix of the Doors’ “Hello, I Love You” was an international hit, and in 2007 he remixed the Who’s “Baba O’Riley” as the theme song for “CSI: Miami.” To release his own music and similarly adventurous artists, in 1998 Freeland began his own indie label Marine Parade, which has since become known for its tastemaking release schedule. Marine Parade has released crucial tracks from the likes of Alex Metric, Evil Nine, BT, Josh Wink and Tom Middleton; in 2004 the label released “Floating” by Jape, which went on to be a radio hit and was covered by artists spanning The Raconteurs to Soulwax. Marine Parade was created primarily, however, to release Freeland’s own music. His 2003 debut artist album, Now and Them, spawned the international smash “We Want Your Soul,” which made the Top 40 singles charts in numerous countries spanning the U.K. to Australia and beyond. As well, Freeland has proven to be a leader in licensing music for film, television and videogame use. His songs have appeared in the trailers of Spider Man 2, the Matrix animation spinoff Animatrix, and games such as Grand Theft Auto, The Sims, Juiced, and Rez.

As the first stage of the 2000s wound down, Freeland found himself back in the midst of change. Not only did he relocate from his adopted Los Angeles to his U.K. home of Brighton, England, he also found himself returning to his club roots. This move was signified by the current release of Cope™ Remixed, featuring a dream team of today’s electronic music all-stars: Joker, Emalkay, Gui Boratto, Prins Thomas and Pantyraid (to name just a few) all boldly retrofit the album tracks in their own image. Accordingly, 2010 has found Freeland putting out a series of releases that find him revisiting his electronic core with furious futurism, complemented with a series of globetrotting DJ dates that find him back behind the decks with a vengeance. His first single of the year ‘How To Fake Your Own Life’ was remixed by the legendary Etienne De Crecy and king of the underground, Om Unit, for whom Freeland has returned the remix favour on Om Unit’s track ‘Searching’.

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