Brighton-raised, multi-award winning Friction is a member of a truly exclusive club; he is one of the only artists who has earned his stripes through DJing alone, succeeding to become one of the pinnacle players in the game. Aside from increased studio time and A&R, it is Friction’s skills behind the turntables that first escalated him to star accreditation. Adapting to any crowd, his diverse and thoughtful yet lightning-quick selection brought him worldwide acclaim and one of the busiest gigging schedules drum & bass has ever seen.
Friction first got the bug in the mid-90s, playing at and promoting his own events. This soon led to a link-up with local Brighton producers, Stakka and K-Tee, and hence a long-standing coalition was formed. Studio time ensued and February ’99 saw Friction release his debut single “Critical Mass” under the alias Kinnetix on the Underfire compilation. This soon gained him interest from legendary labels, Trouble On Vinyl and Renegade Hardware, producing a track “Photon” for TOV’s “Here Comes Trouble” EP – how apt the title was. Immediately following this was the acclaimed “Altitude”, with Stakka & Skynet, regarded as a truly groundbreaking piece of drum & bass fusing high-energy techno and jungle. Releases followed on a host of top drum & bass labels including Valve, Tru Playaz, Passenger, Hardware, 31 Records, Hospital and Charge amongst others. Joining BBC 1Xtra in 2002 at the station’s launch, Friction quickly made his mark; his “Mix Show” was truly innovative, creating a massive following worldwide. After 2 years, though, a constantly growing DJ schedule proved too much and reluctantly he called it a day with the show.
In 2004, Friction established Shogun Audio with production partner-in-crime, K-Tee. Since then the label has gone on to become a rare ‘buy on site’ label, releasing some of the best drum & bass in recent times and picking up legions of fans along the way. Artists such as Alix Perez, Spor, Jonny L, Break, Marcus Intalex, SpectraSoul, Noisia, Klute, Icicle, Spirit, Rockwell and, of course, Friction & K-Tee have all appeared over the years and the arsenal of music both new and old at Friction’s disposal is immense.
Picking up numerous awards over the years, Friction’s mix CDs have also grown in quality and popularity. The Bingo Sessions Vol.1 CD with DJ Zinc was a massive hit, charting in the national LP Top 40, followed by the first of his own highly-successful series – The Next Level – which went on to sell thousands worldwide. More recognition followed in April 2006 with Friction’s Pete Tong “Essential Mix” which aired to huge acclaim. In Pete Tong’s own words, Friction had become one of the drum & bass ‘Big Dogs’. His remix of “Back To Your Roots” released on Shogun Audio in 2007 was regarded as the biggest drum & bass track of the year, receiving plays from Annie Mac to Stanton Warriors to Judge Jules.
2008 saw Friction continuing to push his DJ career, playing worldwide every weekend, yet still finding time to get in the studio with his debut releases on Metalheadz, “Shogun Nightmare”, the massive anthem “3rd Degree Gurns” on Valve plus the highly-anticipated “Altitude” remixes on Shogun Audio. He also mixed the 2008 Drum&BassArena album alongside scene legend, Fabio, and it was from this that plans hatched for an all-new Friction mix series that would set a new standard in drum & bass mix albums. 2009 turned into one of the biggest in Friction and Shogun history, with said mix album – Assassin Volume One – dropped to high critical-acclaim from both music media and fans across the globe. Following this was Friction & K-tee’s vocal smasher “Fired Up” on Hospital Records that received support from the likes of Annie Mac and Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1.
Shogun Audio released the debut LP from Alix Perez in 2009 which, helped by Friction’s relentless DJ schedule, became the drum & bass artist album of the year. Friction & K-tee’s killer single “Set It Off” dropped on Shogun at the end of the year and, along with a nomination for ‘Best DJ’ at the Drum&BassArena Awards and a new Shogun club residency in their home town of Brighton, it marked a huge growth and successful end to 2009.
2010 acted as another non-stop rollercoaster ride for Friction with gigs from London to Sydney to Korea and even Hawaii. Although the schedule is fierce and unrivalled, a Friction set never falters; whether he’s on two or three decks, playing for two hours or four, to 500 to 20,000, people are rapidly learning that, drum & bass fanatics or otherwise, a night with Friction is one to remember. Alongside the highly-respected, sophisticated labels – Shogun Audio and SGN:Ltd – releasing music unlike any other, it’s no surprise that Friction was asked in 2010 to pioneer the first of Ministry Of Sound’s “Mixed” series, collating and mixing a forward-thinking, deep yet dancefloor compilation which was received, deservedly, to phenomenally high-acclaim.
Overseeing the signing of new distinctive artists to the label, Friction is ensuring that Shogun persistently grows to accommodate the constantly fresh and exciting movement that he has pioneered. With an ever-successful Brighton residency at Digital club and a new residency in the capital at London’s Cable, Shogun events, releases and artists are a storming and unquestioned success each time.
Friction & K-Tee Top 10 May 2012:
01. Rockwell – Constantcomplexrhythmicsound (Shogun Audio)
02. Friction & K-Tee – Jupiter (Shogun Audio)
03. Total Science – Feel Me (Shogun Audio)
04. Friction – Led Astray (Shogun Audio)
05. The Prototypes – Subterrestrial (Shogun Audio)
06. Spectra Soul – Light In The Dark feat. Terri Walker (Shogun Audio)
07. Alix Perez – Myriads (Jubei Remix) (Shogun Audio)
08. Spectra Soul – Shackles feat. Fox (Shogun Audio)
09. D Bridge – Not What You Want (Shogun Audio)
10. Interface – Desperate Measures (Shogun Audio)