IN SPIN Pt IV | Fred Everything

22 Jul



“the way it moves through me… it’s so soothing,
but it’s so cold at the same time…
it’s so sinful, it’s a bittersweet feeling,
like everything in my life
like everything else in my life…” – Mercyless

It’s easily my favourite album and top CD suggestion for this summer! Lost Together is DJ Fred Everything’s new CD, with the elected fan favourite Mercyless, featuring Montréal musician Wayne Tennant.

Consider it your summertime musical investment – you will not be disappointed! The song is about the duality of love/state of a relationship after a separation, “Suddenly, lovers become strangers like nothing ever happened…” He admits to drawing from personal experience. And yet despite the dismal reality of the song, it somehow manages to musically instill hope…or at least I think so!

There are just too many nuances of this album to describe, but the most memorable (and often lovely) element to each song is how he treats the voice as an instrument, the humming, and other nondescript yet apparent sounds. I was able to see him live two weeks ago as a part of the OM Tour, and absolutely enjoy it when DJ’s love what they do – it shows.

This album has been an on and off project since his last album Light of Day (2004), and when asked about his influences, “I used to say other people’s music but more and more I have to say Life in general. This album is my most personal one. There is a lot of me in there.”

So, after being asked a million times, I asked Fred, “What’s with the name?” To which he replied, “[It’s] from my background playing live in raves when my name was only Everything. My sets would go from one end of the electronic music spectrum to the other. I was even producing Drum and Bass and Ambient back then!” So there! Don’t ask me anymore! 😉

Look out for new projects with JT Donaldson and another solo album – hopefully sooner than four years! He’s also actively working on his own label, Lazy Days, which has just reached its 10th release.

For more information visit:
www.fredeverything.com
www.myspace.com/fredeverything
www.myspace.com/lazydaysrecordings

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6 Responses to “IN SPIN Pt IV | Fred Everything”

  1. Jolie July 23, 2008 at '3:45' #

    For some reason, my exposure to this art form was limited (up until a couple of months ago) to “commercial” dance music that had little to no imagination. Monotonous drum machine beats and forgettable melodies that would become excruciating noises after way too many repeats. I’ve learned so much since you started writing this column. Thank you for bringing artists like these to the forefront….it’s opened my eyes and ears to new musical experiences. I’m looking forward to discovering more…

  2. chipper HO July 23, 2008 at '19:25' #

    not sure about the name…
    then again…
    whats a name like chipper…

    i wonder where YOU get your musical influences from?
    i NEVER heard of these artists…
    does that mean i have bad taste in music?
    or perhaps im too mainstream?
    i betcha its cos i dont listen to enough music…
    i dont wanna give it a bother 🙂
    thanks for making me realize this…

  3. Frank Litorco July 24, 2008 at '17:41' #

    One of the more impressive aspects of his latest full-length effort is its very cohesive vibe, especially considering the length of time it took to assemble the recording. He’s managed to get some great vocalists such as Tennant, Lisa Shaw and Roy Davis, Jr (who appears on my favourite track, “On My Own” ) to complement his funky dancefloor-crowding beats, making Lost Together a summer listening gem, indeed.

    Continuing to highlight DJs and producers that matter, you’re doing the entire genre a great service, Staffeen. Thanks for the recommendation!

  4. Brandon Carlos July 25, 2008 at '16:01' #

    I love your comment about “loving what they do.” Passion is visible (or, in music, audible). I live and work with the motto that passion, drive and energy are transferable– it’s no wonder, then, that being around these people is enjoyable.

  5. staffeen thompson August 8, 2008 at '4:32' #

    Thank you everyone for your detailed and thoughtful comments…
    Thank you for taking the time to consider the music…

    You inspire me to write…
    I love that you’re becoming inspired…
    if even for a brief moment…

    Rock on!

  6. chipper HO August 15, 2008 at '3:18' #

    dearest blog leader…
    back to names…
    im upset to know that my name appears in google searches…
    chipper ho is not happy one bit…
    whatever happen to anonymity..
    shit i say…
    i hate the internet…

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