When Fresh hits the decks, the crowds gather around close and budge their way in front of the stage, because there’s absolutely no telling what’s about to go down. All that you know is that you’re going to get hit with some straight up slammin’ sh!t to make your earholes bleed!
Hailing from the Midwest and now residing in New York City, this Chicago native has obliterated warehouses, scorched club dance floors, and has dropped the jaws of thousands with his impeccable track selection and wicked turntable wizardry. Having played alongside the likes of Donald Glaude, Dieselboy, Dara, AK1200, Frankie Bones, Kenny Ken, Alan Sax, Phantom 45, Paul Johnson, Doormouse, Venetian Snares and once as the opening act for 2 Live Crew, this half-Thai/German & Italian, mixed breed human-mutt has thrown down some of the most unimaginable tracks you would ever expect to hear laid over breakbeats and d’n’b. From Jane’s Addiction and Black Sabbath – to Jackson 5, and John Lennon, this slick trickster’ll have ‘em all sayin’ the next day, “Can you believe he played that sh!t last night?!”
“I first started playing Chicago ghetto house. Straight up ‘bawls in yo’ mouth’ sh [laughs] And then began incorporating house & techno into the mix. Then breaks. Then drum & bass. Then IDM & breakcore That’s probably the musical genre progression, I guess you could say. Now – depending on the event and how long I gotta play – one set could include all of that plus some other crazy sh!t… whatever else I feel like playing, I guess… as long as it sounds good. But I’ve mostly been playing a lot of drum & bass, hip-hop, IDM/breakcore when I play out. And if the set-up is good, I’ll add a little 15-20 minute ’tablistic routine in there for entertainment purposes.”
Over the last four years, Fresh has been concentrating more on his performance and abilities by gettin’ his fingers wet & dabbling into the root of DJ’ing: turntablism. He wants to take it back to what DJ’ing is all about, and get other DJs to rediscover the artform and take it up a notch. He wants to “break the monotony of seeing some dude up there with one hand on the headphones, one on the mixer and not showing one bit of enthusiasm or emotion.”
Pats-on-the-back include being a runner-up in the URB Magazine WMC 2001 Mixtape Contest. He also recently had a track published on vol. 4 of the infamous “Digital Empire” series, which has featured artists such as Fatboy Slim, Simply Jeff, Paul Van Dyke, Basement Jaxx and Hybrid among others. His talent is not only in music, but art as well. In 1998 Fresh had several paintings published in art book The Chicago Art Scene. At the moment he has over a dozen tracks that are getting ready to drop on an artist debut album that range from hip hop, to breaks, to techno, to drum & bass, to IDM and even breakcore.
Collaborations include performances with world famous Tru Ganjaman, Rocker T, as his MC throughout the Midwest and Milwaukee, as well as drum & bass producers BitFiendz out of MKE on live performances and album collabs.
In 1999 Fresh started 2012graphics, a high-qual affordable freelance design team that caters to members of the electronic music scene for a fraction of the cost that most hi-profile graphics companies are bilking them for. His online portfolio contains web designs, CD and LP designs, as well as event items like flyers, tickets, posters and business cards.
One goal this guy’s got is to get people to “think outside the box” when it comes to music. He once said, “You know, if you dig and dig, and check-out the smaller ‘no-name’ labels and artists – instead of the same top 10 producers – [or] even look outside your ‘genre’… then you’ll see there’s a whole world out there you’re missing out on that’s just waiting to get played.”