Searching for Lazy Days with Fred Everything
To celebrate the recent release of the amazing ‘Searching’ by Fred Everything on his own Lazy Days imprint, we sat down with the number six artist in our so far for a chat about the track and his career as a DJ and producer.
The reason that real house heads love Fred Everything, is that they can always guarantee that in among the thousands of new releases each year, there will be something from Fred or Lazy Days Recordings that is definitely worth picking up.
Fred has been at the top of his game for many years. He works from a well-appointed recording studio, packed with analog hardware from which he churns out top quality music across some of the best labels in the business. His own imprint, Lazy Days, has been on a 10-year winning streak and Fred’s name on a remix is a guarantee of dance floor quality.
In a back catalogue that includes some of the most sophisticated house music labels of the last few years, including 20/20, Buzzin Fly, Freerange, Defected and many others, Fred’s vocal tracks particularly stand out. Previous collaborations have included N’dea Davenport and his massive remix of Bran Van 3000’s ‘Astounded’. We’ve not seen a new vocal track from Fred for a while, so the release of ‘Searching’ on Lazy Days is a bit special. The track features the vocals of Jinadu, who since putting in a stellar performance on Jimpster’s ‘Porchlight & Rockingchairs’ album, has been recording for Compost, King Street, Moodmusic and of course, the killer ‘Future Lights’ for Lazy Days.
Talking about track, Fred said -
“I had this instrumental that needed a vocal and had wanted to get Jinadu on a project since we did his ‘Future Lights’ release with Christian Prommer and Bugsy on Lazy Days. This is my first original full vocal in a few years and I wanted to do something that was slightly different, not just another club song.”
Did he succeed? We think so. ‘Searching’ features a melancholy vocal, precision ‘Everything’ beats and a synth hook from Fred’s Juno 106. The reverb vocal and gorgeous chimes of Fred’s ‘Lazy Dub’ take it deeper for those who prefer their vocals stripped back. Up and coming South African producer ‘Jazzuelle’ turns in a deep, jazzy affair for his Remix and a tougher, pad laden ‘Darkside Dub’ to finish off an impressive package. This is house music that is beyond sample packs and ’90s Korg M1 preset’ house. This is quality, atmospheric music for the head as well as the hips.
Aside from effortlessly releasing classic slices of music like this, Fred also maintains a busy worldwide DJ schedule. An ultra-professional turntable technician of over 20 years, Fred has never missed a gig or a flight, even when he was playing 6-7 gigs in a week. He did though admit to once being too ‘unfit’ to play a gig in Miami some years ago. Charles Webster got a surprise extended set that night!
What next then for Fred? The last few months have seen Lazy Days reminding us of just how good they are with their ’10 by Ten Project’. A sneak preview of what might come about if the planets aligned correctly? Fred told us that he would love to work with Freerange’s Jimpster, who he calls ‘one of the most consistent producers in the business’.
We wholeheartedly agree, as Jimpster recently came number one in our Top 20 Deep House Artists of 2015 so far. With Fred coming sixth on our list, we think that would be a match made in deep house heaven! Having already completed superb collaborations with artists of the calibre of Atjazz and Shur-I-Kan, we can only currently imagine how good this might be.
When asked about his future plans, Fred’s answer was simple -
‘Just to hopefully continue to DJ and produce music for as long as possible’.
You’ll hear no arguments from us here at Traxsource HQ, Fred.
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