Frédéric Blais was born in Hull, Canada but he grew up in Quebec City where he started experimenting with music and production techniques from a very young age. From banging on homemade drums and making his own tape edits to programming sequencers and synthesizers. This led to him forming bands and playing live around town and also writing music for plays and fashion shows.
Then came the acid house revolution. He started going out to clubs at a very young age and immersed himself in the nascent dance music scene, whilst still influenced by the likes of New Order and Kraftwerk, he soon found a new love in house music, especially the early Warp releases making their way over from the UK.
He then began playing his debut live DJ gigs at raves and clubs in Quebec and Montreal where he opened for Sasha @ Metropolis in 1993. It s around that time that Fred started to play out as DJ Fred Everything in the various clubs and parties of the capital and also in Toronto and San Francisco, he was now beginning to become an in demand DJ and building up a loyal following.
In 1996, Fred moved to Montreal, working at Inbeat record store, and playing at various clubs like Playground, Sona, Jai and Jingxi. He then became the first dj-producer to put Montreal on the international house music map, signing records to labels like: DIY, Vinyl Peace, Tag, Fair Park, Earth, Tronicsole, Shaboom, Seasons, Intonation, Turbo and of course 2020 Vision, who became his main label for years to come.
As his international reputation grew he started regular touring in Europe hitting such clubs as: Fabric, Basics, The Bomb, Plastic People, Basement Jaxx, Space, Sub Club (where he was voted best set of In The City Glasgow conference by DJ magazine), Food Club (Brussels), Rex and Batofar (Paris).
His reputation as a producer was also matching his rise as a DJ, his first ever record got played by Tony Humphries and Mark Farina and since then, his productions have been found in the record boxes of just about every major house music DJ with taste.
In 1999, he moved to London to do a three month extended tour taking him all over the UK and to places like Norway, Spain and Moscow and worked in the studio with the likes of: AtJazz, Mark Bell (Shaboom), Nigel Hayes and Bougie Soliterre.
In 2000, his first album Under The Sun came out on 2020 Vision. The album also got licensed to Intonation in Austria and Turbo in Canada. Turbo produced a video for the track Revolution that was aired on MTV worldwide and the track was also used in a MTV ad and in some of their reality TV shows. Tracks from the album have been licensed for labels like Naked Music, Om and Slip N Slide to name a few and singles from the album went high in charts everywhere including many appearances in DJ magazine s Hype Chart.
After the successful album came a big demand for Fred as a remixer which took him to remix everyone under the sun like Charles Shillings, Derrick Carter, Jaffa, Shaboom, Random Factor, Soulstice, AtJazz, Roy Davis and his classic remix of Bran Van 3000 featuring Curtis Mayfield. In 2002, Bombay records decided it was time to put out of collection of some of Fred s best remix work to date on a CD, “From The Deep- a collection of remixes 1998-2001”. At the same time his second Mix CD: DJ Set-01 on Intonation was released.
Also, during that time, he toured America, playing at high profile parties for the likes of Naked Music, Om and Stompy (San Francisco), Mad Bar and Smart Bar (Chicago), Centro-Fly (New York) and also became a regular presence at the Miami Winter Music Conference where he s been sharing deck time with the likes of Francois Kevorkian, Roy Davis, Mark Farina and King Britt over the years. He also wrote reviews for the San Francisco based xlr8r magazine for a couple of years.
Over the last few years Fred has been voted best dj in Montreal by Voir and best electronic artist at the Mimi gala in 2002, he has been featured in virtually every dance music publication including: Muzik, Jockey Slut, DJ Mag, Mixmag, I-DJ, Urb, XLR8R, Mixer, and was even featured on the front cover of Air Canada’s En Route magazine when they did a piece on travelling DJ’s.
At just 28 years old, Fred has over 60 releases under his belt (original and remixes) and shows no sign of stopping. Recently he has been bothering the buzz charts with his Missy Elliot Missy Thing bootleg, his remixes of Soldiers Of Twilight and Chris Lum, and “Light Of day” the first release from his forthcoming second album on 2020 Vision.
The album should hit the shelves spring-summer 2003 and sees Fred improving and maturing his already enviable production skills with dub reggae and flamenco influences it also includes the vocals of Rise Ashen, Karl The Voice and Judah Singer as well as talented local musicians.
He also has forthcoming productions on Dessous, Silver Network, Shaboom, Brique Rouge and Got Soul and new collaborations with New Zealand’ s Magik Johnson and Chicago’s own Dj Heather. Yet he still has time to keep up his high profile DJ career with regular appearances at clubs around the world from London to Australia. 2020 Vision boss Ralph Lawson rates him as one of the best house DJ’s in the world, praise indeed.
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