Fabio (DJ)

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DJ Fabio Performs - 2008.jpg
Background information
Birth nameFitzroy Heslop
BornLondon, England
GenresDrum and bass, Liquid funk
Associated actsGrooverider

Fitzroy Heslop, known by his stage name of Fabio, is a British drum and bass DJ and producer. Fabio has been described as one of the best DJs of all time.[1] He runs the Creative Source record label.


Fabio has been at the forefront of the dance/rave scene for over two decades. Starting his career as a pirate radio DJ in the mid 80s and joining together with longtime DJ partner Grooverider, the pair happened to be in the right place at the right time when acid house exploded across London and the UK. Fabio and Grooverider are sometimes referred to as the "gruesome twosome".[2] Fabio developed his sound at the infamous Rage nightclub in London, amongst other venues.

Spinning early house music then championing darker, more bass heavy rave music which went on to become known as jungle and drum and bass, alongside Grooverider the duo have remained the leaders of the genre for over 20 years. Fabio is considered to be the godfather of drum and bass music for being one of the early pioneers in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Fabio is credited with pioneering the subgenre known as liquid funk as well as coining the name.[citation needed] He set up and ran the Speed nightclub at the Mars bar in the West End.

Taking the music from the raves to the radio on Kiss FM, then to BBC Radio 1, Fabio and Grooverider hosted the legendary One In The Jungle weekly show and then the weekly Drum & Bass Show, where Fabio continued to champion new talent and sounds.[3] The Radio 1 show is credited with helping bring drum and bass to mainstream audiences. Fabio left the show and the station (along with Grooverider) when the new BBC Radio 1 lineup commenced in April 2012.[4]

Fabio is in a relationship with DJ Charlotte Devaney.[5]

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  1. ^ "Fabio | Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. 27 September 1965. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  2. ^ "BBC Radio 1 - Fabio and Grooverider - Episodes by date, 2010". Bbc.co.uk. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  3. ^ "DJ Fabio | The End". Endclub.com. Archived from the original on 23 February 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  4. ^ Since July 2013, Fabio and Grooverider now host a two-hour show on Ministry of Sound Radio weekly.McIntosh, Steven (7 December 2011). "BBC Newsbeat - Judge Jules, Gilles Peterson among DJs leaving Radio 1". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Superstar DJ Charlotte Devaney is a model clubber". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 18 May 2018.

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