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Dean Fuel

Cape Town, South Africa

Electro House, Techno

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“Dean FUEL is undoubtedly one of Cape Towns most prolific and in demand deck masters.”

A solid reputation and loyal following has put him at the forefront of the South African dance scene, having already performed alongside global legends such as the current world number 1 DJ – Armin Van Buuren, as well as other top ranking DJ’s and acts including the likes of David Guetta, Fat Boy Slim, Basement Jaxx, Mylo, Audio Bullies, Deep Dish, Erick Morillo, Sasha, John Digweed, Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, Ferry Corsten, Infected Mushroom, James Lavelle, Martin Solveig, Kaskade, Sonique, James Zabiela, The Freestylers and even Jamiroquai! Dean also features on all major international tours of SA, including the likes of Godskitchen, Ministry of Sound, Hed Kandi, Pacha, Gatecrasher, Renaissance and Global Underground. One of the hardest working players in the dance scene today – the FUEL has already sparked interest overseas with offers for Paris, Dubai, London and more!

Dean FUEL’s distinctive musical style is versatile, and uniquely his own – fusing an intercontinental blend of minimal, funk, techno, house, electro and progressive – the FUEL adds that something special, igniting all dance floors and keeping them burning with his passion and infectious energy delivered through the turntables – ALL ATTITUDE! The perfectionist within him ensures he continuously hones his skills with many hours spent laboring in his studio, always looking for new and innovative ways to push the boundaries of his craft. This dedication has been tried and tested on numerous dancefloors all over the country and beyond, securing an ever-growing fan-base of loyal partygoers – FUEL’s reputation and appeal continue to grow.

Born into a family where music was not only a passion but a way of life, Dean took to the world of music from an early age. Drawing on a diverse musical background, driven by inspirational live-sets from the greats Carl Cox, Sasha & Digweed, and Jeff Mills – he nurtured an overwhelming desire to be a DJ. Taking his natural flair for mixing, he honed his abilities as a creative DJ and producer – supported by a truly formidable record collection, and a studio full of hi-tech hardware and gadgets.

His raw talent, undeniable passion and charismatic energy have earned FUEL residencies and created legacies at many of the country’s top clubs, among them Cape Town’s Rhodes House, Caprice, The Fez, Jet Lounge, Sutra, Opium, Bambu, Karma, The Bang Bang Club, Chevelle and many more. Nationwide demand has meant that Fuel has not limited himself to his adoptive city. A hectic touring schedule sees him spinning regularly all over South Africa! From Cape Town to Johannesburg, Pretoria to Stellenbosch, Durban to Plett, PE to East London, Kimberly and Bloemfontein through to Pietermaritzburg, and just about everywhere in between – Dean has rocked it right!

FUEL’s edge also comes from his skills at creating his own music. His accomplishments include having released the ‘Opium’ (2006) Album to high regard, as well as featuring numerous tracks and collaborations produced by the man himself on prominent dance compilations. “Trippin’ Out” (with Sentrafuge) was featured on the hugely successful ‘House Anthems 4’ (2007) album, selling over 10000 copies, and became the leading track for the ‘Kiss FM’ album. Another collaboration track, ‘Sexy Hippie’ (with Metcalfe) has been signed to Danish progressive label, IBOGA Records, and features on their critically acclaimed ‘Set 7: Declivity’ compilation, thus marking the beginning of an international career for this talented up and coming producer. His collaboration with Sentrafuge – “Wild Ride” was signed to illustrious international label PLASTIK PARK and saw a worldwide release on their album – ‘Reloaded Vol. 3’. A specially recorded “vocal” mix of this single featured as the title track named “This One’s For You” on the ‘House Anthem 7’ (2008) CD release, once again co-mixed by the man himself, and once again selling tens of thousands of copies nationwide.

The last few years have been a whirlwind of success, and, not prepared to slow down for a moment, this year looks set to be even more successful! 2007 and 2008 saw him completing nationwide club tours – promoting the runaway hit albums of non-other than ‘House Anthems 4’ and ‘House Anthems 7’ CDs, which he co-complied, mixed and mastered. In 2009 alone, Dean was selected to tour with global legends Sasha and Armin van Buuren, and opened for each of them respectively on their sold-out tours of South Africa.

2010 has already heard Dean set the weekends alight as a co-host on Good Hope Fm’s Friday night slot ‘Night funk with Mixi’, and he is set to ignite Johannesburg on his third tour with Tiesto in May and with commissions to put together upcoming CD mix compilations on the cards, many more original studio productions and top artist remixes in the pipelines, a full slate of club and tour dates, FUEL is set to further increase his reach in 2010 and has global domination firmly in his sights. The only DJ to have played alongside 8 of the top 10 DJ’s in the world, Dean FUEL is blazing an upward trail like no other.

“Dean has set the scene alight with his fuel-injected house sets – a future star… Watch this space!”