Artist Profile: FRICTION [Shogun Audio / BBC Radio 1]
As one of only a handful of Drum and Bass DJs to use four decks, Brighton-raised Friction is without a doubt creating a unique sound. As a teenager, Friction was busy playing and promoting events in Brighton when he began collaborating with local producers Stakka & K-Tee who were heavily involved in Andy C’s Ram Records label.
In 1998 Friction released his debut single Critical Mass under the name ‘Kinnetix’, attracting the attention of major labels. Soon he was releasing tracks on renowned labels such as Valve, Tru Playaz, Trouble On Vinyl, 31 Records, Hospital, Charge, Renegade Hardware plus his very own Shogun Audio.
Friction is regarded as one of the biggest DJs in the drum and bass scene, with an extremely fast rise to success in the last 5 years. Highly regarded for his various mix CDs and releases on labels like Hospital, Tru Playaz and Renegade Hardware. One of his biggest tracks was the “Back To Your Roots Remix” on Shogun Audio in 2007.
He is label manager of Shogun Audio, and was a regular DJ on the BBC 1Xtra D&B M1X Show.
His accolades include:
Best Newcomer in Drum & Bass Arena Awards 2002
Best Breakthrough DJ in Knowledge Awards 2003
Best Newcomer at Accelerated Culture Awards
Best DJ in MTV Romania 2007
Runner Up Best DJ at Drum & Bass Awards 2009
Runner Up Best DJ at Drum & Bass Awards 2011
Hall of Fame in the Drum & Bass Arena Awards 2011
Multi Award Winning Drum n’ Bass Producer / DJ
Brighton raised, multi award winning Friction is one of the most revered and recognised names in bass music today. Having risen steadily through the ranks since the early 00’s as arguably the most adept and most ferocious DJ/producer in the scene, Friction now holds court in the D&B Hall Of Fame thanks to his inauguration at the 2011 Drum & Bass Arena Awards.
Friction has a vast catalogue behind him and has worked with most of the major labels in D&B including Hospital and Metalheadz. However it was in 2004 when he founded the now infamous record label Shogun Audio that really pushed the Friction name further into the musical limelight.
Whilst DJ’ing across the world every weekend and heading up the juggernaut record label Shogun Audio, Friction has achieved much commercial success but always keeps his feet firmly on the ground, he was announced at the start of 2012 as the new face of Radio 1’s flagship Drum & Bass show he is set for even more accolades in 2013 and beyond.
Friction’s last single release, ‘Led Astray’ got massive radio support from Zane Lowe, Annie Mac, Mistajam, Fearne Cotton, and the whole of club land spending 6 weeks on the Radio 1 playlist at the start of 2012. His recent remix credits include Wretch 32 ‘Traktor’, Example’s ‘Change The Way You Kissed Me’, Maverick Sabre’s ‘These Days’, ‘YSK’ by Jack Beats and ‘Love Is All I Got’ by Feed Me. All eyes are now firmly focused on Friction’s debut album currently in the making.
Described by Pete Tong as ‘one of the big dogs’ Friction looks set to hit dizzying new heights in his career this year as he continues to trail blaze his way through the ever-evolving musical landscape.
So whether you’re catching his radio show or a DJ set anywhere from Glastonbury, EDC in LA, to Sydney or Toyko you’ll be sure Friction never disappoints.
Shogun Audio holds an array of delectable acts. Many of which are today’s finest and most demanded artists. Since its inception in 2004 Shogun Audio has gone on to become one of the most essential labels in dance music today. Driven by its founders Friction and K-Tee the Shogun brand has developed into an all-encompassing drum & bass juggernaut releasing some of the most breath-taking beats across the full spectrum and beyond. The ethos – if it’s good music, let’s get it out there!
The elite league of exclusively signed Shogun artists adheres to the highest of standards, producing the very best in hi-grade drum & bass, dubstep and bass music; Alix Perez, Rockwell, Icicle, Spectrasoul, The Prototypes and of course Friction & K-Tee all bring their own distinct sound ensuring the Shogun brand is ever-evolving and adapting. With guest releases from the likes of Noisia, D Bridge, Jonny L, Break and Marcus Intalex the back catalogue has become one of absolute quality and collectability.
Recent major releases include the first volume of Friction’s all-new mix series, ‘Assassin’, released to much critical acclaim back in 2009 and the landmark debut album from Alix Perez,‘1984’, regarded by many as ‘the’ drum & bass artist album of the same year. Icicle’s ‘Under The Ice’ LP of 2011 became Mixmag’s ‘Album Of The Month’ whilst newest signings The Prototypes enjoyed huge success with support from DJ’s across BBC Radio 1 to finish their year remixing both the legendary Snoop Dogg and the UK sensation Ed Sheeran.
Late in 2011 Shogun reached their 50th release, the highly anticipated and much lauded ‘Way Of The Warrior’ LP; a collection of the past, present and future of a label very much on top of its game. As a mark of its success the album received the much coveted ‘Best Compilation’ gong at DJ Mag’s Best Of British Awards.
Behind a high-rolling label is a high-rolling label event and the Shogun Audio sessions at London’s Cable club and Brighton’s Digital have become synonymous with the best nights out in the country and across Europe. With an all-star cast of residents to choose from, namely Friction, Alix Perez, Icicle, Spectrasoul, Rockwell, The Prototypes and SP:MC, Shogun events never fail to deliver and with guests such as Fabio, Nero, Mistajam, Sub Focus, Instra:mental, D bridge and Chase & Status, it’s not hard to see why the queues to get in always stretch as far as the eye can see down the famous Cable arches.
So with now over 40 Shogun events every year all over the UK and as far afield as Australia, Russia, Hungary, Croatia and Austria it’s true to say the brand is well and truly worldwide. With their continued Shogun podcasts, their own shows on Ministry Of Sound radio, Rinse FM and now as Friction readies himself to take over BBC Radio 1’s Drum & Bass Show in April there seems to be no stopping Shogun Audio, and long may it continue. Exciting times, keep it locked.
Whilst DJ’ing all over the world every weekend, Friction has achieved much commercial success and is also the face of BBC Radio 1’s flagship Drum & Bass show on Sundays from 3am to 5am.
Don’t forget to catch this legend celebrating seven years of bass in Hong Kong with us!