After many years away from the dance music game, London talent Freddie Frampton is back in the thick of it, producing killer house grooves and working his magic on the decks once again.
His long, illustrious, diverse history in dance music stretches back to the acid house heyday of 1989. His baptism of fire came as a young teenager, working at The Crazy Club at Astoria in London alongside dance music royalty like Carl Cox, Grooverider, Ray Keith and Kenny Ken. He soon began DJing, and by 1991 he had his first residency at Legends alongside Alex P and Norris Da Boss Windross.
He rapidly ascended through the ranks, securing a residency at the legendary Hanover Grand, rubbing shoulders with fellow residents Seb Fontaine, Luke Neville and Craig Richards. The Emporium and Leopard Lounge soon also snapped him up as a resident, with guest appearances coming thick and fast at the most influential clubs of the era like Bagleys, Ministry Of Sound, The Cross, Limelight and Tunnel Club. There wasn’t a club in London worth its salt that he didn’t lay waste to in this era. He began to play internationally, and travelled to Moscow soon after the iron curtain fell to play at the opening of their first proper nightclub. He began to dabble in production too, and eventually sold an amazing 12,000 units of his Gwen McKay bootleg Get Swanky – Giving My Love, with support on BBC Radio1.
His experience in the nightlife industry also led to him setting up his own ventures. He was the man behind Tryst Nightclub in Chelsea, Bardo in Knightsbridge and the still-standing Beaufort House Members Club on King’s Road. His success in the field led to a many awards in the entertainment and hospitality industry. In more recent times, he became the booker for The prestigious Bloomsbury Ballroom, hosting parties for the likes of Boneca, Bacanal, Love Brunch and Paravanah.
Inevitably here was only so long he could resist the call of his beloved house music, though. He took a year out of his day job to get back in the music zone after realising that something was missing. “It was a thrilling, soul searching experience”, he says, “dusting off the record collection, dabbling with early 1930s blues recordings, and giving them a unique twist on today’s current sound. I love to delve into musical genres, follow my instinct and see what comes out the other side. I’m currently in the experimental stage, and it’s amazing, there are no rules or boundaries, I can create my own pleasure, then share with everyone else”. Also a keen guitarist, his skill with the instrument gives him a solid grounding in musical theory and intuition.
With throbbing bass and tough, percolating beats, his latest rework of Black Betty is made for dancefloors and oozes energy and drive. With support from a diverse range of A-listers from Danny Tenaglia and Adam Beyer to Danny Howard, Hot Since 82, Solardo, Josh Butler, Robert Babicz and De La Swing, it’s got all the hallmarks of a winner.