'Nice Ice, ... Baby!'
Ladies and Gentlemen, we are proud to announce the newest addition to Distinct’ive Breaks’ Y4K Series: DJ Icey. Get ready to be blasted by the ice man himself, Orlando’s very own revolutionary breaks DJ, DJ Icey.
The Y4K Series from Distinctive Records has been a series of successful must-haves for any die-hard breaks fans. This series has showcased the talents of the world’s greatest breaks DJs and producers which include Freq Nasty, Tayo, Ils, Koma and Bones, Dub Pistols, Hybrid, Hyper, and Uberzone. And now, who best to continue the series than Florida’s own pioneering breaks DJ, DJ Icey.
Growing up as a native Floridian, DJ Icey captures his influences by a combination of industrial, acid house, new beat, Miami bass, rock, r & b, funk and soul music. Emerging from Orlando’s ‘90s electronic music scene, where other prominent talents such as AK 1200, Kimball Collins, Jimmy Van M, Chris Fortier, and Baby Anne also launched their careers, Icey stepped up to become the local resident DJ at the legendary Edge nightclub.
Here he perfected not only his mixing skills but, also his signature funky breaks sound which of course led him to rock those legendary dance floors across North America. With his funky and futuristic mixes, he continues to formulate a flawless assortment of beats that rock the nation’s nightclubs. Ten years on, you can still find Icey loving what he loves to do most, criss-crossing North America and points beyond, racking up well over one hundred tour dates a year. If that doesn’t’ keep Icey busy and his audience occupied, get munching into this Y4K mix.
Icey’s latest mix includes three spankin’ brand new original Icey tunes, “Come Closer,” “San Pedro” and “Nikita” as well as exclusive remixes and tracks from the likes of Ils, Transformer Man, General MIDI, Atomic Hooligan, Move Ya!, Drumattic Twins, and Deekline and Wizard.
Chatting recently with DJ Icey - and with him having been born and raised in hot, sunny Florida - I first wondered where his 'cold' DJ name had originated?! "When I was 18 I lived with 3 other guys. We were all surfers and would get up early to drive to New Smyna Beach inlet for dawn patrol. I had a new down comforter from my Grandmother and I would put the AC on 50 degrees at night to freeze out the APT and enjoy my down comforter. In the morning my roommates started calling me Ice and it kinda stuck from there."
What other names did you toy with first before you settled on that particular one?! "None. I would write ICE MIX on my Mix tapes that I gave out to my buddies at the Inlet that I would make using the pause button of a tape machine and one turntable. It was my pre-DJ days but I was always buying records."
It's been said that the synthesizer breakdown of The Edgar Winter Group's "Frankenstein" was inspiration to you at an early age ... please tell us more about this! "My Mom had the album and I would replay that breakdown over and over, was mesmerized by the Synthesizers. I love Steve Miller Band's "Fly Like a Eagle " intro as well. They all just turned me on to Synth sounds at a early age and I was hooked. I would listen to the Moog Bass sounds in a Parliment album my Mom had too, 'The Mothership Connection'."
Album titles usually suggest a nod towards something, but for the life of me I can't get anything from 'Y4K'! Please put me out of my misery and let me know what it is yours is in reference to! "Y4K is a prestigious All Breaks Mix series from the UK. I know they have had a who's who of international Breaks DJ cover the series mostly from the UK but I really don’t know the origin of the name!"
Tell us more about how your relationship with Pete Tong enhanced your musical reputation in England "It helped me much more in America than in the UK. Pete's Label FFRR had a NY office and his head label A&R man, Neil Harris (now the manager of the Scissor Sisters) had sent Pete some of my early 12" singles from my Indie Label ZONE. They signed me and released a Full Length Album GENERATE in '98 and a Mix CD, The Funky Breaks in '97. But it was America that I started touring non-stop in, not the UK."
Out of the 14 songs on this new album which one truly stands out to be your go-to favorite when recommending it to first time listeners ... and why? "Well, I am a sucker for the Deekline and Wizard "All My Love" tune. I did a custom edit for the Mix and it has sweet female vocals in it and I do love me some vocals! Sounds great in the car and in the club!"
What '80s (and possibly cheesy!) song would you love to cover today if asked ... and why?! "I am pretty much over the '80s thing! I was playing a Luke SKywalker Bass Dub that sampled the Outfield in the late '90s. I still will drop the original Kraftwerk "Tour De France" in my sets as well as closing with Section 25's "Looking from a Hilltop" on occasion as well. Would rather dig out a classic '80s tune than do a cover."
Lastly, I like Penguins ... do you?! "I have not seen much of the Penguins yet, but I want to. And whenever going to Sea World I am always mesmerized by the little guys!"
Interviewed by Russell A. Trunk
If you would like to win an AUTOGRAPHED copy of DJ ICEY's brand new CD, just answer this easy question: 2004 saw the release of DJ Icey's new mix CD, but what was it entitled?
Send me your answers and if you're correct you'll be in the running to win one of these great new CDs! Just send us an e:mail here before April 15th with your answer and the subject title 'DJ ICEY SIGNED CDs' to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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