DJ Icey

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DJ Icey
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DJ Icey.
Background information
Birth nameEddie Pappa
Also known asDJ Icee, The King of the Funky Breaks
BornOrlando, Florida, United States
GenresElectronic, breakbeat, hip hop, progressive house, trance
Occupation(s)Disc jockey, Producer, Remixer
InstrumentsTurntable, Sampler
Associated actsDJ Baby Anne

DJ Icey, (born Eddie Pappa), is an American DJ, electronic music producer, and remixer, credited by Allmusic as having helped to "jump-start the increasingly fertile dance scene in and around Orlando, FL, during the '90s".[1] E, the Incredibly Strange History of Ecstasy credits him as "the prime founder of the Funky Breaks and the Florida Breaks.[2] 1999's Rave America indicates that "the preoccupation with backbeats" characteristic of the Orlando sound was developed by DJ Icey.[3]


Icey was born in Florida. Originally named DJ Icee, he had to change his name because a local Orlando ice cream manufacturing company by the same name threatened to sue him.[3] Known for marrying the diverse strands of Chicago Hip house and English break-beat house, he rose to prominence DJing for the now defunct Orlando club The Edge, a position he held from 1991 to 1996.[2][4] In 1993, he created his own label, Zone,[5] named in honor of the UK labels O-Zone and D-Zone.[3] In 2000, CMJ New Music Monthly described him as "an expert in funky, sped-up hip-hop",[6] and by 2001, Billboard was listing him along with Crystal Method, DJ Micro and Überzone as "perennial figure[s] in the burgeoning funky breaks underground scene."[7]

DJ Icey released his own music under his name and City Wide Allstars, and also remixed music for Groove Armada, Paul Oakenfold and Kosheen.[8]

Billboard charts[edit]

DJ Icey has had several albums chart for Billboard, with six charting singles. The Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales charts have included "City of Groove" (1998, #44), "Not a Test" (1998, #43), and "Dreams" (2003, #16).[9] "This Is How My Drummer Drums" charted on the Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart (1998, #32), while the Hot Dance Singles Sales chart has included "A Little Louder" (2003, #16) and "And Go!" (2004, #16).

Select discography[edit]

  • Break to the Dance (1996)
  • The Funky Breaks (1997)
  • Generate (1998)
  • Continuous Play (1999)
  • Essential Mix (2000)
  • Mixed (2001)
  • Essential Elements-Dj Icey The Breaks Element (2001)
  • Different Day (2003) (#8 on the Top Electronic Albums chart, #41 Top Independent Albums)[10]
  • For the Love of the Beat (2004) (#15 Top Electronic Albums chart)[10]
  • Twisted (2005)
  • Y4K (2006)
  • Disco Rodeo (2007)
  • Offshore Jedi (2008)
  • Amplified (2009)
  • What You Feel (2010)
  • Flash The Message (2011)
  • One Big Room (2012)
  • Trackotron (2013)
  • Take a Little Take a Lot (2015)
  • Ride Mountain Ride (2018)


  1. ^ "DJ Icey, Biography". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-12-10.
  2. ^ a b Pilcher, Tim (2008). E, the Incredibly Strange History of Ecstasy. Running Press. p. 132. ISBN 0-7624-3184-9.
  3. ^ a b c Silcott, Mireille (1999). Rave America: new school dancescapes. ECW Press. p. 127. ISBN 1-55022-383-6.
  4. ^ Silcott, 127-128.
  5. ^ Pilcher, 129.
  6. ^ Werde, Bill (July 2000). "Clubbing to America". CMJ New Music Monthly (83): 67. ISSN 1074-6978.
  7. ^ Roseberry, Craig (August 4, 2001). "Hard-touring Überzone peers into 'The Future' on Astralwerks". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-12-10.
  8. ^ FFWD Staff (August 23, 2001). "Beat Boutique: Urban Groove Preview". FFWD Weekly.
  9. ^ "DJ Icey, Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-12-10.
  10. ^ a b "DJ Icey, Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-12-10.

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