'Like a tornado rolling across the horizon' - Amazon
'One of drum and bass's visionaries' IDJ
Timeout magazine call him 'Uberproducer', Knowledge voted him best producer in the world two years running and refer to him as 'a legend', DJ Magazine have said his Breakbeat Kaos is a 'sonic juggernaut' and his website dogsonacid.com has for the last two years been the highest ranking music message board on bigboards.com. So where does Dan 'Fresh' Stein find time to make the music that (according to Mixmag) 'is almost impossible to go for thirty minutes without hearing’ on a drum and bass dance floor?
Dan began his musical mission at the tender age of 19 when back in 1998 he fronted the hit drum and bass band 'Bad Company', NME's 'Wu-Tang of drum and bass'. The first release ‘The Nine’ was voted ‘Best track of all time’ by 130,000 members of Drum and Bass arena. Bad Company much like Fresh himself went on to win virtually every accolade thinkable for a drum and bass act and were a phenomenon across the globe. After five years, Dan felt it was time to follow his own path. In 2003 he produced 'Mo-Fire' as his final Bad Company outing; the massive hit landed at 22 in the national charts. He quickly followed this by executively producing the summer drum and bass smash 'Barcelona' for BMG and his own
BC Recordings. Which was B listed on Radio 1 for weeks and rose to no.11 in the UK national charts. A few months later, Dan produced 'Miracles' with Adam F for The Petshop Boys as the lead single for their greatest hits album, it reached no.4; an almost unprecedented proliferation into the national charts for a genre that is so hi tech and underground. Dan can also count 12 entries at no.1 in the UK dance chart over the last five years and has yet to release a track that misses no.1 in the drum and bass chart compiled for the infamous radio 1 'Grooverider and Fabio show'. Perhaps this was one of the reasons Grooverider asked Dan to produce his as yet unreleased album for Columbia records.
In 2003 Dan started the label 'Breakbeat Kaos' with super-producer Adam F and immediately signed 'Pendulum' having brought them from their native home of Australia and resettled them in his London flat. Pendulum were described by Front magazine as 'The next prodigy' and after an incredible escalation of PR and radio hype they became possibly the biggest phenomenon to grace drum and bass since the nineties. Their album 'Hold Your Colour' was hailed as an instant classic worldwide, and is the first gold album to appear on an independant drum and bass label.
Not one for appearing idle, Fresh himself began working on his own solo outing for Breakbeat Kaos - 'Escape from Planet monday' and enlisted the help of The Petshop Boys, DJ Shadow, Apollo 440 and even Jeremy Beadle for an album that Touch magazine described as 'A Triumph', DJ Magazine as 'Breathtaking' and HMV as 'Incredible'...
'Epic. Another major album release for Breakbeat Kaos' - One Week to Live
So, what does the future hold for 29 year old Dan Fresh? … we'd tell you if we could
get hold of him! In the meantime, you can catch him at regular events and festivals
around the world or at home in London hosting the world-famous ‘Breakbeat Kaos’
night at Fabric.