Austin, TX, USA. October, 2001. The state capital of Texas is a liberal city with a rich and varied musical heritage. Electronica has finally made its mark on the local scene and Texans will very likely thank their own born-and-bred son, D:FUSE, for his influence for many years to come - and with good reason...
D:Fuse broke onto the Texan dance scene ten years ago performing industrial music under the name Culture Industry but soon turned his energies to full time DJing, spinning progressive music. D:Fuse’s primary musical influences then included Renegade Sound Wave, Jerry Bonham, Paul Oakenfold, BT, John Graham (Quivver), Paul van Dyk, The
Chameleons, The Orb and Future Sound of London. D:Fuse’s love and enthusiasm for live performances means that he will definitely be returning to the live circuit soon, probably next summer.
As his DJ reputation grew D:Fuse began spinning all over the USA, Canada and Mexico. His skills soon came to the attention of dance music pioneer Steve Levy, of LA-based Moonshine Music. “Psychotrance 2000”was released in September, 1999 and was followed-up with “Psychotrance 2001”. D:Fuse’s latest CD on Moonshine, “Progressive Mix Volume One”,
is currently available.
D:Fuse is one half of EXPANSION with writer and producer, SHANE HOWARD, and Expansion’s style has caught the attention of many world class DJs. “Feel” was featured on Dave Seaman’s “Global Underground - Buenos Aires” compilation and “Perspectives” was featured on Ashley Casselle’s recent “Deviations” mix CD as well as being licensed to Paul van Dyk’s new label, Vandit.
D:Fuse also records with LA-based musician and producer KEN HANKINS (aka JOY). “You Got It” on Funked Up Recordings was hammered in the clubs by Carl Cox, Scott Bond, Seb Fontaine, Ashley Casselle, Grant Plant and
John ‘00’ Fleming. Seb showcased “You Got It” in a BBC Radio One Essential Mix, and the tune was named ‘Vital Release’ in Muzik magazine (UK). D:Fuse’s follow-up work with Joy, “She Rides”, was released on Perfecto in May to fantastic critical acclaim and entered the UK dance
charts at number 14. “She Rides” was included on the Gatecrasher mix CD compilation, “Discotech Generation”, and on John Kelly’s latest Slinky mix CD.
D:Fuse has recently collaborated with renowned British musician and engineer, MARK HORWOOD. Their debut, a remix of Deep Architecture’s haunting track “The Realm (Sunday AM)” on Niche Records, has left dance floors stunned. Leading DJ Hernan Cattaneo rates this as “the best track of the year”. D:Fuse has also collaborated with another emerging young talent from England, RYAN MAUNDER. Their debut work, “Technique” , has just been released on Perfecto’s “Underground Sound of USA” EP. D:Fuse’s efforts with all production partners have displayed unique blends of deeply progressive house rhythms tinged with funky trance: a potent combination! D:Fuse’s first solo release on Moonshine, “Bodyshock”, is being well received by DJs and on dancefloors. Yes - that’s D:Fuse on vocals, too!
As D:Fuse’s DJ reputation continues to grow, his touring schedule has increased and the dance music press has taken notice. He has been prominently featured in URB, Mixer, DJ Times, MC2 and Revolution magazines. He was rated as a ‘name to look out for in 2001’ in Ministry magazine (UK) and URB in the USA. D:Fuse has an on-going DJ residency at the legendary Release in San Francisco and he has now headlined in the UK at God’s Kitchen, Creation, Slinky and Passion. His debut at world-famous Cream in Liverpool is set for November, and a tour of Australia and New Zealand is planned for January, 2002.
D:Fuse has worked hard to earn his place as a well-respected pioneer of progressive music, and his fame has grown rapidly. When D:Fuse’s skills came to the attention of Paul Oakenfold, Oakey liked what he heard so much that he offered D:Fuse the opening DJ slot on his North American Perfecto tours. Their third and fourth tours are currently being planned, as well as more shows together in the US, UK and elsewhere.
According to Paul Oakenfold: “D:Fuse represents what I admire most. He’s worked hard for what he’s acheived, he’s a fantastic DJ and artist, he has a creative mind and he understands the whole vibe.” D:Fuse’s philosophy is quite simple: “Music has saved my life, and all I want to do is pass on my musical message. I’ve been handed some wonderful
opportunities and experiences in my life through music, and I consider it a privilege to be able to give something back in return.”
What’s coming soon? D:Fuse has signed a major worldwide recording contract with V2 Records, and his first artist album is due for release in 2002. A double CD mix for Paul Oakenfold’s Perfecto Presents series called “People” is due for US release in January, 2002. A double CD package - mixed/unmixed - of D:Fuse’s own production work over the past three years is due for release on V2 around May, 2002. The new D:Fuse & Joy single, “House Sound of the Future”, is also due for release as well as a D:Fuse remix of “Prayer” by Scanners on Scotland’s Limbo imprint.
Welcome to the journey, y’all.
D: FUSE - CONTACTS & GENERAL INFORMATION
DJ Bookings: Nokturnel
+1 210 572 0613
Press/Management: Nick McGeachin
+1 707 762 1643
Perfecto Records, London
+44 20 7343 5600
Perfecto US tour dates and other information:
Moonshine Music, Los Angeles, CA
+1 310 652 8145
V2 Records, New York, NY
+1 212 320 8500
Funked Up Recordings, San Antonio, TX
+1 210 525 0228
D:Fuse website: www.djdfuse.com
(a photo gallery is available, and live DJ mixes)