AESTATIC DRUM AND BASS

Frodo – Biography

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Frodo (formerly known as DJ Fusion), full name Frodo van Steijn, Drum and Bass dj since 1991 & involved in the Dutch electronic music scene since the early nineties. Besides dj-ing he produces under the PRPLX name (together with Deepflow). Frodo also runs the Tempo Records label & Tempo Events.

“As a DJ I like to play various Drum and Bass styles, new or old, it’s all good”. -FRODO-

PERFORMANCES
New York (Sullivan Room, U.S.)
London (3x) (Soul In Motion @ ACE Hotel + Knowledge Magazine @ Club 1001, UK)
Tel Aviv (TLV, Israel)
Turin (2x) (“Jazz Is Dead Festival 2017” + Juvarra’s Jungle Yard @ Spazio Della Cavallerizza Irreale, Italy 2016)
Prague (Roxy + Punto Azul, Czech Republik)
Olomouc (Barumba, Czech Republik)
Plzen (Neutral, Czech Republik)
Gdansk (Poland)
Leuven (Rumba, Belgium)
Ghent (10 Days Of, Soussoul, Belgium)
Amsterdam (Melkweg & Mazzo, Netherlands)
Rotterdam (Nighttown & Watt & Waterfront & Off-Corso & WORM & Vibes & Bootlegdjcafe, The Netherlands)
The Hague (Paard, The Netherlands)
Enschede (Atak, The Netherlands)
Nijmegen (Doornroosje, The Netherlands)
Tilburg (013, The Netherlands)
Groningen (Simplon, The Netherlands)
Hengelo (Metropool, The Netherlands)

PERFORMANCES ALONGSIDE
A-Sides (Eastside Records)
Ant TC1 (Dispatch Records)
Aphrodite (Urban Takeover)
Cause 4 Concern (c4c Records)
DJ Bailey (BBC Radio 1 Xtra)
DJ Chef (Kool London FM)
Digital (Function Records)
Doc Scott (31 Records)
Dylan (Outbreak Records)
Fabio (Creative Source)
Fierce (Quarantine Records)
Fre4knc (Invisible Rec)
Grooverider (Prototype Records)
Keeno (Hospital Records)
Klute (Commercial Suicide Records)
Lenzman (Metalheadz)
Need For Mirrors (V Records, Full Cycle)
Nymfo (Commercial Suicide records)
Optical (Virus Records)
Pennygiles (Metalheadz)
Source Direct (Metalheadz, SD Records, Science Records)
The Insiders (Intrigue Records)
Utah Jazz (Vintage Records)
Pete Philly & Perquisite
Kubus & Bang Bang

PODCAST

RELEASES
PRPLX’s entitled Fabric Of Space explores the deeper side of the Breakbeat spectre. Clever drum programming as well as going in a bass shakin’ direction, it reminds us of early Bluenote & Speed days but definitely with a modern touch. These tracks are another testament to PRPLX’s love for the Breakbeat.
The album will be released in two parts, both limited to 250 handnumbered 180 gram crystal clear vinyl (with special 75mm labelcopies and innersleeves) including free mp3 download codes and wrapped in a sealbag. All tracks have been mastered by Stuart Hawkes from Metropolis London. Support comes from all the usual suspects, including the legendary Goldie (Metalheadz).

A. F.O.S.
B. Skywalker
C. Taiga
D. Pulsar
E. Cosmopolis
F. Mask
G. Atlas V
H. Magneto


DISCOGRAPHY
PRPLX “Fabric Of Space Album” TempoLP01

INTERVIEW
DJBroadcast_Interviews_DJ Fusion_2013

DJ Broadcast Interviews DJ Fusion/Frodo

BIOGRAPHY

The Past
Frodo (formerly known as DJ Fusion), full name Frodo van Steijn, most precisely started in 1992 listening to Steve Mason’s weekly Breakbeat radioshow on BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Services), wich got him hooked up to Breakbeat (or better known as Jungle Tekno at that era). Listening to the BFBS radioshow (and later on to Robin Albers “For Those Who Like To Groove” for a dosis of House & Techno) enabled him to get into this viscious & energetic Breakbeat driven music via various UK artists & labels wich resulted in visiting London on a regular basis, he collected many mixtapes from dj’s such as Grooverider & Fabio, Ltj Bukem, Doc Scott, Randall, Bryan G, DJ Hype, Nicky Blackmarket, Mickey Finn, Slipmatt, Ratty & Nipper, Carl Cox and many others.

After hearing these dj’s he immediately wanted to let the dutch Breakbeat/ Jungle fans know about this uplifting and fairly “new” UK sound. It did not take long before he acquired himself a versatile record collection from the many London recordshops such as: Section5, Unity, Black Market, Lucky Spin, Rewind and Records Exchange.

While commercial Pop music dominated the charts of many Dutch venues and only a very small selection of clubs inviting DnB dj’s in the Western part of Holland, he got frustrated and co-produced in 1993 the first full Jungle/DnB event in the Eastern part of the Netherlands. After this succes he was asked to be the resident of the dutch club Atak; an eclectic openminded non commercial dance temple where he played for more than 5 years, influencing a whole new generation of electronic music addicts.

Frodo explaines:
“I had the chance to play all kind of different musical genres such as Breakbeat, Jungle Tekno, Drum and Bass in one dj set. The parties back in the days had a very unique vibe, at least since the XXIst Century when the sounds got so repetitive and the venues became so musically specialized (Hardstep, Intelligent, Techstep, Liquid, Jumpstep etc).
But untill this day i am still proud to have contributed to the developing of the dutch Jungle/ DNB scene for what it’s nowadays; versatile and still alive and kickin’!”

The Present
After almost 20 years Frodo still upholds the Drum and Bass scene with many performances and most important meeting like minded people all over the world! The large musical background he acquired during these 15 years, (including working for a dutch DnB record distributor as a sales & buyer representative) enabled him to play many diverse Drum & Bass sets wich can be described as the “Fusion” sound. His agenda still includes the best clubs, parties and festivals (see intro). He co-organised dutch tours for UK DnB artist & supported many well known dutch & foreign DnB organisations wich included performing alongside: A-Sides, Ant TC1, Aphrodite, Cause 4 Concern, Digital, Doc Scott, Dylan, Fabio, Fierce, Klute, Optical, The Insiders and Utah Jazz but also for non Drum ‘n Bass acts like Pete Philly & Perquisite and Kubus & Bang Bang wich proves he can easily adapt to versatile audiences. Nowadays he works as an export manager for the Clone Records label, runs his own online recordshop (and other pages) and nowadays organises the Tempo Events at WORM, Rotterdam (& in the past at Waterfront Rotterdam & the Bootlegdjcafe).

The Future
Still being able to release quality music from new and also established quality producers on his independent Tempo Records label.