Born and raised in Florida, DJ Icey has been mesmerized
by electronic music ever since hearing the synthesizer breakdown on The
Groups "Frankenstein". "My mom had that album and I would
play that middle part over and over wondering how they made that sound,
Icey recounts. I was little and thought it was so cool". Rising
to worldwide prominence out of the fertile Orlando FLorida electronic
music scene which has spawned the likes of AK 1200,Kimball Collins, Jimmy
Van M, Chris Fortier, and Baby Anne, Icey cut his teeth at the legendary
EDGE nightclub in the mid-90s, and even persuaded The Chemical Brothers
to play their first show Stateside there. When The Edge closed in 1996,
DJ Icey hit the road and has stayed on it since.
Icey runs two Indie labels dedicated to the Breaks he loves, the Main
imprint Zone Records released it's first 12 Inch single in 1994, Energy
Tracks Volume 1 quickly followed by the hard to find Encyclopedia Funktanica
both of these records gained a cult following worldwide as there was
nothing quite like it at the time. Zone Records continues releasing more
than a dozen records a year and his second label Tree Records follows
very closely behind with slightly more eccentric productions.
Discovered for the punters by BBC Radio 1 DJ and longtime A&R kingpin
Pete Tong , Icey became the first American producer to sign to his U.S.
ffrr label in 1997 as an artist thanks to Pete and U.S. Honcho Neil Harris,
He was the first American DJ to be selected to record a prestigious "Essential
Mix" for U.S. Release. With over 200 12 singles under his production
belt and 5 cd releases, Icey has SoundScanned over 300,000 CD units in
North America alone. Playing 100+ gigs per year, Icey is a touring maniac.
But that doesnt keep him out of the studio during the week working on
new tracks for his Indie Labels Zone and Tree records, constantly trying
to push the envelope to make his fans sweat on the dancefloor. The new
material is then cut on dub plates and tested out on weekend gigs: There
is nothing better than finishing a tune and seeing the reaction from
a crowded dancefloor right after finishing it," he beams.
2003 saw DJ Icey release "Different Day", a new album of all
original material. Different Day, Iceys second full-length artist album
to date, embraces futuristic breakbeat interwoven with house sensibilities,
while keeping the energy level peaking throughout. 2004 saw the release
of his new Mix CD For the Love of the Beat, Icey creates a seamless hour
plus long mix encompassing the many faces of the Worldwide Breakbeat
scene. New CD Projects are on the Horizon for late 2005 and 12" Vinyl
Singles on the Tree and Zone Records Imprints will be released monthly.