Freaky Flow

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Freaky Flow with MC Flipside at a rave in Springfield Massachusetts taken in 2004.

Freaky Flow is the stage name of Stephen Grey a drum and bass hip hop DJ.

Biography[edit]

Life[edit]

Freaky Flow was born in 1977 as Stephen Grey[1] in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1979 with his parents, he relocated to Toronto, Ontario, Canada. While attending high school, he began to DJ as a hobby. Eventually it developed into a career while earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Toronto. In 2009, he moved to Los Angeles, California. He has dual citizenship in the United States and Canada.

Name origin[edit]

“...The way I got Freaky Flow was when I first started spinning anything, it was hip-hop. Then drum and bass caught my attention and I started getting into that. I heard drum and bass, but even as I heard it for the first time, I was still feeling like hip-hop could be incorporated into it.

Now this was six, seven years ago, when hip-hop and jungle blending together was just an unheard of thing. The two scenes were separate and segregated, and people didn't want to mix the two crowds. Hip-hop purists were just as bad as jungle purists. Hip-hop purists didn't want drum and bass invading their territory, and junglists had this misconception that all hip-hop jams are violent, and all hip-hop lyrics were violent.

But I like the energy of hip-hop and I started mixing that into drum and bass, and the crowd took really well to it. But other key figures didn't. They didn't like the fact that I was doing this.

So my flow was different. And I was labled [sic] a freak. Hence, Freaky Flow. Additionally, there was also that Jeru the Damaga [sic] song "Come Clean," where he happens to say those two words together, back-to-back and I thought, ‘Oh, that's great, I can scratch with that.’”[2]

Career[edit]

In 1993, Freaky Flow first began DJing mainly at house parties and small events. He started his career in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

In 1995, Freaky Flow was “introduced” at the very first Liquid Adrenaline event in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[3]

In 1995, Freaky Flow released his first DJ mix tape, entitled Music To Make You Freak – Volume 1. In the years that followed, Freaky Flow released seven additional mixes, in audio cassette form, prior to releasing his first CD in 1999.

In 1997, Freaky Flow launched Placebo Recordings (a subsidiary of Stickman Records) with MC Flipside, and The Stickmen. The label produced three vinyl records.[4]

In 1999, Freaky Flow released his first DJ mix CD, entitled Obscene Underground – Volume 1: Freaky Flow (often referred to as “Tits”, due to the album artwork, which bares this word on the front of it[5]), which has sold over 20,000 units in Canada (and was not widely released outside of Canada).[6] To date, this is the highest-selling drum and bass mix album ever released in Canada.

In 2001, Freaky Flow was signed to Moonshine Music (which had also released mix albums by DJ Keoki, D:Fuse, DJ Micro, AK1200, DJ Baby Anne, DJ Dara, Cirrus, Anabolic Frolic, Ferry Corsten, and others). That same year, on Moonshine Music, he released his first mix CD outside of Canada, entitled World Domination.[7]

In 2002, Freaky Flow released another album on Moonshine Music, entitled Keep It Live, his first ever commercially released live recording. The album is hosted by MC Flipside, and was recorded at an event in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[8]

In 2003, Freaky Flow released the album The Envy, on New York label, Topaz Records.[9]

In 2004, Freaky Flow independently released another mix CD, entitled Flashback, featuring only songs that he had written, co-written, or remixed since the start of his career.[10]

In 2006, Freaky Flow launched a new record label, Freaky Flow Recordings. That same year, the label released the debut album of the Canadian electronic music group, The Heavy Petters (often billed as Freaky Flow Presents: The Heavy Petters).[11] The album was entitled Smell The Glove.[11] Freaky Flow served as Executive Producer.

In 2009, Freaky Flow released the mix album The Furious Factor on New York’s Moist Music, as a joint-venture with Furious Records. This album was a retrospective mix compilation made up entirely of notable releases on Toronto-based drum and bass label, Furious Records.[12]

In 2011, Freaky Flow continued his Volume mix series (the last of which was Volume 008, several years earlier), with two new mixes, Volume 009 and Volume 010, both given away free online.[13]

Grey has also been known to include music from other genres in his DJ sets, ranging from Fleetwood Mac to Don Henley. He is the owner of Freaky Flow Recordings[11] (a division of Freaky Flow Entertainment Group), the record label that released the Canadian electronic music group, The Heavy Petters (often billed as "Freaky Flow Presents: The Heavy Petters").[11]

Having released six mix CDs in total, Freaky Flow has sold more drum and bass mix albums than any other Canadian DJ.[14] In Canada, Freaky Flow has sold more drum and bass mix albums than any other DJ from anywhere in the world,[6] including the best-selling drum and bass mix album ever released in Canada, Obscene Underground – Volume 1: Freaky Flow (often referred to as “Tits”, due to the album artwork, which bares this word on the front of it[5]), which has sold over 20,000 units in Canada (and was not widely released outside of Canada).[6]

Freaky Flow has performed in over ten countries, including Canada,[15] the United States,[16] Japan,[17] Slovenia,[18] and others. He is also currently sponsored by gsus sindustries, a clothing company, and represented by the Cyber Groove agency, a DJ booking agency.[19]

Discography[edit]

DJ Mix Compilation Cassette Tapes / Digital Albums (Newer "Volume" Series)[edit]

  • Volume 001 – Freaky Flow Productions (originally issued as cassette tape, 1995)
  • Volume 002 – Freaky Flow Productions (originally issued as cassette tape, 1995)
  • Volume 003 – Freaky Flow Productions (originally issued as cassette tape, 1996)
  • Volume 004 – Freaky Flow Productions (originally issued as cassette tape, 1996)
  • Volume 005 – Freaky Flow Productions (originally issued as cassette tape, 1996)
  • Volume 006 – Freaky Flow Productions (originally issued as cassette tape, 1997)
  • Volume 007 – Freaky Flow Productions (originally issued as cassette tape, 1998) (re-issued as digital album, 2014)
  • Volume 008 – Freaky Flow Productions (originally issued as cassette tape, 2000) (re-issued as digital album, 2013)
  • Volume 009 – Freaky Flow Productions (originally issued as digital album, 2011)
  • Volume 010 – Freaky Flow Productions (originally issued as digital album, 2011)
  • Volume 011 – Freaky Flow Productions (originally issued as digital album, 2012)
  • Volume 012 – Freaky Flow Productions (originally issued as digital album, 2012)
  • Volume 013 – Freaky Flow Productions (originally issued as digital album, 2012)
  • Volume 014 – Freaky Flow Productions (originally issued as digital album, 2013)
  • Volume 015 – Freaky Flow Productions (originally issued as digital album, 2013)
  • Volume 016 – Freaky Flow Productions (originally issued as digital album, 2013)
  • Volume 017 – Freaky Flow Productions (originally issued as digital album, 2014)
  • Volume 018 – Freaky Flow Productions (originally issued as digital album, 2014)

DJ Mix Compilation Cassette Tapes / Digital Albums (Older "Vintage" Series)[edit]

  • Vintage 001 – Freaky Flow Productions (originally issued as digital album, 2004) (re-issued as digital album, 2012)
  • Vintage 002 – Freaky Flow Productions (originally issued as cassette tape, 1997) (re-issued as digital album, 2012)
  • Vintage 003 – Freaky Flow Productions (originally issued as cassette tape, 1999) (re-issued as digital album, 2013)

DJ Mix Compilation CDs / Digital Albums[edit]

  • Obscene Underground – Volume 1: Freaky Flow – Stickman Records (1999)
  • World Domination – Moonshine Music (2001)
  • Keep It Live – Moonshine Music (2002)
  • The Envy – Topaz Records (2003)
  • Flashback – Freaky Flow Productions (2004)
  • The Furious Factor – Moist Music (2009)

Original Production Vinyl / Digital Singles[edit]

  • On The Down Low / Mist – Placebo Recordings (1997)
  • The Swinger / Here We Go – Wikkid Records (2005)

Original Production Vinyl / Digital Remixes[edit]

  • What It Takes (Remix) / Just A Second (Remix) – Placebo Recordings (1997)
  • Compare / Compare (Remix) – Second Generation (2001)
  • Doubt Love / Doubt Love (Remix) – Sound Gizmo Audio (2003)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Trade Mark Announcement". Trade-Marks Journal, Canada. 7 June 2005. 
  2. ^ "Freaky Flow and MC Flipside". Lunar Magazine. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  3. ^ "Introducing flier". Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  4. ^ "Placebo Recordings discography @ rolldabeats - dance music discography resource". Rolldabeats.com. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  5. ^ a b "Obscene Underground 1: Various: Amazon.ca: Gateway". Amazon.ca. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  6. ^ a b c [1][dead link]
  7. ^ "World Domination: Freaky Flow: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  8. ^ "Freaky Flow: Keep It Live: Various: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  9. ^ "Envy: Freaky Flow: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  10. ^ "Indie Pool – Independent Music Services". Indiepool.com. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Freaky Flow Presents: The Heavy Petters". itunes.apple.com/us. Apple Inc. iTunes.com Store. 17 October 2006. Retrieved 7 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "The Furious Factor: Freaky Flow: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  13. ^ "Soundcloud: Freaky Flow". SoundCloud.com. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  14. ^ [2][dead link]
  15. ^ "Freaky Flow live @ the Cellar, August 25, 2009 at Cellar Nightclub, The Vancouver". Clubvibes. 2009-08-25. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  16. ^ "Afterlife Presents: Freaky Flow & DJ Swamp // Friday 7.24.09 (B.Y.O.B)". Dallasdancemusic.com. 2009-07-24. Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  17. ^ "Metropolis - Tokyo clubs and bars: Freaky Flow & MC Flipside". Archive.metropolis.co.jp. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  18. ^ "Freaky Flow MC Flipside @ Klub K4 - Drum & Bass mix search engine - crawling for D&B mixes and sets". Dnb-sets.de. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  19. ^ "Cyber Groove Agency | Drum and Bass, Electro, Dubstep". Cybergrooveam.com. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 

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