After 20 years of abusing cross-faders, Frede Fresh is definitely known for more than just punishing turntables. Recognized as a pioneer and a visionary deejay, the Brooklyn tested Frede Fresh initially built his reputation and honed his mixing skills with over 10 years on the grind as a hip-hop turntablist and local Flatbush DJ. Today, Frede has diversified his art form and has emerged as a complete artist. He is a music rebel who pushes the envelope more than a mail carrier. Frede became a household name in Haitian communities throughout the world by seamlessly blending hip-hop and konpa. (The cultural music of Haiti). Frede developed a unique mixing style that established him as the most prolific konpa music remixer in the Haitian music industry (HMI). Born Fred Fabien, Frede Fresh immigrated to New York from Haiti at a very young age. Soon after, Creole gave way to English and konpa lost to reggae, then to house music, and eventually to hip-hop.
Way before dissecting mp3s, wave files, and midis for fun, Frede Fresh was carrying record crates for the Real Roxanne's DJ Howie T and for legendary rap group UTFO's Mix Master Ice. It was the mid 80's and Frede Fresh was an unknowing accomplice to the rap movement that helped put hip-hop on the map in the 80s while konpa was metamorphosing with the help of new generation sounds. As Frede started experimenting with turntables, he adopted "Fresh" from his favorite rapper-entertainer Doug E. Fresh to form the stage name "Frede Fresh."
Frede Fresh's official career started in college at the University of Oklahoma were he held down the hottest college gigs and blended his way to the trendiest clubs while helping put reggae and hip-hop on the airwaves of the Midwest. Word spread quickly, and Frede found himself booked for gigs throughout the Midwest. After bootlegging straight-off-the-radio mixes from Marley Marl's and Red Alert's mix shows from New York, Frede introduced his own mix-tapes to Oklahoma. It didn't take long before every pick-up truck from Tulsa to Norman was banging Frede Fresh mix-tapes. It was the pre-BET and pre-radio syndication era and Frede was already ahead of the game.
After mastering his touch on the college scene, Frede returned to New York where his hustle landed him gigs at the best venues in Manhattan - spinning alongside deejays Red Alert, Grand Master Flash, Kid Capri, and Ron G. When the analog era gave way to the digital age, Frede eagerly retired his crackling vinyl collection for CDs and then eventually exchanged the phase of a cross-fader for the click of a mouse. It was the willingness of the former turntablist and college radio DJ to embrace this new technology that helped him find his true calling as a DJ.
Frede Fresh is an accomplished music and video remixer, producer, songwriter, public relations agent, promoter, consultant, manager, and activist. He is arguably the most versatile Haitian DJ in the industry. Frede is also a seasoned public writer and distinguished journalist who wrote articles for several Haitian publications, including a two-year stint as the entertainment and music writer for Haiti's most circulated newspaper, Haiti Observateur. During this period in Frede's career, he was the most sought after deejay in the HMI. His influence reached beyond the studio, the printing press and the streets. If you wanted a bona fide hit you needed Frede's support and stamp of approval. Despite the deeply rooted Haitian cultural impressions, Frede was a hip-hop junkie. His equally relentless support of konpa made Haitian fanatics regard him as a patriot. It was this rare mix of attributes combined with his hustle and skills that impressed the eclectic Wyclef Jean and ultimately landed Frede a spot as a Refugee Camp DJ.
Entering 2010 Dj Frede Fresh continues to break all kinds of mixing and production rules. He attempts to perfect the blending sounds of konpa guitars, pads, and bass to the hardcore and bouncing beats of hip-hop in his productions. His fusion of hip-hop and konpa embodies both the opportunity and dilemma of an avant-garde and new Haitian-American generation. His style brings a new dimension and attraction to hip-hop in the genre's continued crossover appeal. The talented and persevering DJ, whose ingenuity led to uncanny and experimental mixing concepts, now possesses an undeniable signature production that has become a trademark sound.
Today Dj Frede Fresh is considered the godfather of a revolution that has gained him acclaim and established him as a household name in the HMI - and the journey to achieve and transfer the same level of recognition from the hip-hop world has only just begun.
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