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Friction Information

Friction is without a doubt one of the most talented DJ-Producers to make a significant impact in Drum & Bass in recent years. From the age of 15 Friction has been dedicated to developing his skills and ability to achieve where he is today. With a rapidly increasing worldwide following and massive tunes on labels like Valve, True Playaz and Renegade Hardware, a batch burning in the pipeline and his self owned imprint running smoothly; where did the apocalyptic sparks ignite? As a teenager whose first love was music, Friction used his friend`s decks to mix and was soon passing mix tapes around at school.     Over the following 3 years Friction DJ`d out at events and promoted his own club nights. With his preference of music style and scene association it was inevitable he would link up with established Brighton Drum & Bass producers such as Stakka, Skynet, Nu Balance & K-Tee. At the age of 18, Friction became friends with these Brighton based music heads and was soon inspired to produce the beats and bass he loved, provided by a perfect opportunity to be nurtured and gain production experience. Many hours were spent in the studio where Friction was able to develop and execute the natural talent he appeared to have.     February 1999 welcomed his debut release. Using the collaborative name `Kinnetix`, Stakka & Friction released `Critical Mass` on the Under Fire label. Friction was now receiving interest from major Drum & Bass record companies. Most significant was from Clayton, boss of TOV & Renegade Hardware. He was invited to produce a track for the `Here Comes Trouble` EP. The result saw Friction`s elementary production `Photon` gain him the position of a talented producer. Regular bookings on the UK and European club circuit started to appear and raver`s were starting to talk about this new, exciting DJ from Brighton.     As the releases started to flow and the word spread about his ability to enthuse a dance-floor, regular flights out of London took him to play at events in Holland, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Australia, Japan, USA, Singapore & France to name a few. Then came the first real acknowledgment of his talent, with Friction winning the title of `Best World Newcomer` at the 2002 `Drum and Bass Arena` awards. People really were starting to take notice of the extreme talent he was offering. With more heads hearing of his skills and tracks like the massive `Robocop` and `Electrolux` smashing dance-floors worldwide 2003 saw Friction win Knowledge magazines `Best Breakthrough` award.     Things were rounded off with a link up to Dillinja and Lemon D`s Valve Recordings and the launch of his own label `Shogun Audio`. He is now regarded as one of the scenes front running DJ`s alongside names like Andy C, Zinc, Hype and Mampi Swift and also regularly demonstrates his skills to a global audience via BBC 1Xtra on his fortnightly `Mix Show`.     Last year saw Friction hit success in the CD market with the massive `Bingo Sessions Vol.1` CD mixed alongside DJ Zinc which actually graced the UK album charts. In the 2004 DJ Magazine world DJ poll he was the 4th highest ranked drum & bass DJ coming in at 107th. This was followed up with another 4th place position in the `Accelerated Culture` awards as well as taking home the `Best Newcomer` title at the same event. The UK`s hottest, freshest drum & bass DJ talent is undoubtedly Friction and its time to take things to the next level.  


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