Freemasons (DJs)

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Also known as
  • BN3
  • The Alibi
  • Walken
  • Funk Fanatics
  • Pegasus
  • F9
OriginBrighton, East Sussex, England, UK
Years active2003–present
  • James Wiltshire
  • Russell Small

Freemasons are a DJ duo from Brighton, East Sussex, England. The act consists of the producers Russell Small (who is also one half of the house production duo Phats & Small) and James Wiltshire (who also works with Phats & Small under the alias 'Jimmy Gomez').[1]


2005–2007: Early career[edit]

Their name is taken from the Brighton pub,[2] Freemasons Tavern, which they frequently visit. The duo also record and remix under the similar-sounding "Freemaison" name, which is also the name of their record label that was founded in 2005. Freemasons have also produced tracks under the names of Alibi, Walken, Funk Fanatics and BN3 (which is part of their hometown of Hove's postal code).

In 2005, the duo transformed Jackie Moore's 1979 #1 Billboard Hot Dance Club Play track "This Time Baby", and Tina Turner's 1999 hit "When the Heartache Is Over", into an international nightclub hit as "Love on My Mind". A #11 hit in the UK,[3] it was also released in the United States on their U.S. label, the New York based Ultra Records.

Freemasons were also the remixers on Faith Evans' 2005 #1 Hot Dance Club Play and #4 Hot Dance Airplay hit, "Mesmerized". Their follow-up song, "Watchin'" was released in the United States in 2006 with Amanda Wilson as the lead vocalist for the track. "Watchin'" peaked at #1 on the Hot Dance Club Play and within the Top 20 of the Hot Dance Airplay chart. The third original single from Freemasons, "Rain Down Love", reached the Top 20 of the Hot Dance Airplay chart. Their fourth single (released digitally), "Nothing but a Heartache" featuring vocals from Sylvia Mason-James, was released in June 2007. Freemasons also remixed Beyoncé's original song, "Déjà Vu" in 2006 (for which they were nominated for a Grammy Award). They followed this up with further remixes of "Ring the Alarm", "Beautiful Liar" (duet with Shakira), and "Green Light". They also co-produced "The One" on Kylie Minogue's album X with Richard Stannard and remixed the song for single release in May 2008.

2007–2009: Unmixed and Shakedown 2[edit]

On 29 October 2007, Freemasons released Unmixed, an album containing unmixed versions of most of their mixes to date.[4] As a bonus, there is a data track containing samples and a cappella versions of "Unmixed".[5] In 2007, Freemasons worked with Kelly Rowland, to produce the remix of her single "Work", for the non-American markets. That same year they were rumored to be producing an album for Donna Summer, but the project fell through due to scheduling commitments.[citation needed]

The follow-up to their own version of "Uninvited", "When You Touch Me", was released in the UK on 30 June 2008. The song featured Katherine Ellis. The music video premiered in May 2008. The song entered the UK Singles Chart in June 2008 and reached its peak of #23 on 6 July.[citation needed]

Beyoncé's sister, Solange Knowles used the duo's production skills to create her single "I Decided" for its release in 2008.[6]

On 15 June 2009, Freemasons released the song "Heartbreak (Make Me a Dancer)", featuring Sophie Ellis-Bextor, in the UK.[7] The single peaked at #13 in the UK, making it their fifth Top 20 hit on the UK Singles Chart, and was a smash hit on the club charts. It had success in the European charts. X Factor 2008 winner Alexandra Burke confirmed on her official website that Freemasons had produced tracks for her debut album.[citation needed]

2010–present: Shakedown 3[edit]

The duo released a remix EP Summer of Pride Mix digitally on 15 August 2010 which peaked at #23 on the UK Dance Singles Chart. The single (including an edited version) was released in the UK on 5 December 2010. "Believer" features R&B singer Wynter Gordon.

In April 2012, Russell discussed with fans after a gig in Bournemouth about talk of signing a new contract on Ministry of Sound's label, to release an album in early 2013. He is quoted as saying, "It's still early days, however they have said that they will want lots of collaborations. It's something to look forward to."

Wiltshire now produces music with F9-Audio F9-audio. Small continues to DJ around the world and produce music with production partner DNO P.[citation needed]


Freemasons albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications


Shakedown 81 1
  • Released: 29 October 2007
  • Label: Loaded
  • Formats: CD, digital download
58 6 26 85 88
Shakedown 2
  • Released: 29 June 2009
  • Label: Loaded
  • Formats: CD, digital download
9 17
Shakedown 3
  • Released: 4 August 2014
  • Label: Loaded
  • Formats: CD, digital download
10 76
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Freemasons singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album


2005 "Love on My Mind" (featuring Amanda Wilson) 11 7 46 27 70 38 26 22 2 Shakedown
2006 "Watchin'" (featuring Amanda Wilson) 19 2 34 5 49 29 16 24
2007 "Rain Down Love" (featuring Siedah Garrett) 12 4 96 20 8 53 9
"Nothing but a Heartache"
(featuring Sylvia Mason-James)
"Uninvited" (featuring Bailey Tzuke) 8 1 [A] 2 11 50 4 9 23 Unmixed
2008 "When You Touch Me" (featuring Katherine Ellis) 23 2 28 30 10
2009 "If" (featuring Hazel Fernandes) 22
"Heartbreak (Make Me a Dancer)"
(featuring Sophie Ellis-Bextor)
13 2 51 33 19 38 51 5 Shakedown 2
2010 "Believer" (featuring Wynter Gordon) 46 11 Shakedown 3
2013 "Bring It Back"
"Dirty Organ" (featuring Joel Edwards)
"Tears" (featuring Katherine Ellis)
2014 "U Drive Me Crazy" (featuring Joel Edwards)
2015 "True Love Survivor" (featuring Solah)
2016 "Firebird" (Presents F9)
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


  1. ^ "Uninvited" peaked at umber 39 on the ARIA physical sales chart.[17]

Pegasus singles[edit]

Year Title
1998 "Pegasus"
2013 "Into My Arms"
"Gorecki" (featuring Levana)

Pegasus promotional singles[edit]

Year Title
2014 "Pegasus Rising"
"True Love Survivor" (featuring Hana)


Year Artist Title
2004 B.E.D. (featuring Chloe Myers) "Before I Leave"
U-Neeq (featuring Freddie Mercury) "Love Kills"
2005 Suntan (featuring Tia) "The Beach"
Studio B "I See Girls"
Jamiroquai "(Don't) Give Hate a Chance"
The Disco Boys "For You"
Faith Evans "Mesmerized"
Xavier "Give Me the Night"
Herd & Fitz (featuring Abigail Bailey) "I Just Can't Get Enough"
Trick vs Freemasons "Zap Me Lovely (The Nokia Song)"
Steve Mac vs Mosquito
(featuring Steve Smith)
"Lovin' You More"
Studio B "C'mon, Get It On"
Black Fras "Movin' Into Light"
Angie Stone "I Wasn't Kidding"
2006 Beyoncé (featuring Jay-Z) "Déjà Vu"
Beyoncé "Ring the Alarm"
Fatboy Slim "Right Here, Right Now"
Loleatta Holloway "Love Sensation"
Luther Vandross "Shine"
Blaze (featuring Barbara Tucker) "Most Precious Love 2006"
Supafly Inc. "Moving Too Fast"
Heather Headley "In My Mind"
2007 Disco Freaks "Take Me 2 the Sun"
Beyoncé & Shakira "Beautiful Liar"
Beyoncé "Green Light"
Patrick Alavi "Goldbass"
Alibi vs Rockefeller (featuring Marvin Gaye) "Sexual Healing"
Kelly Rowland "Work"
2008 Gusto (featuring Amanda Wilson) "Disco's Revenge 2008"
Kylie Minogue "The One"
Solange "I Decided"
"Sandcastle Disco"
Moby (featuring Shayna Steele) "Disco Lies"
Eric Prydz "Pjanoo"
The Outsiders (featuring Amanda Wilson) "Keep This Fire Burning"
Funk Fanatics (featuring Peyton) "Love Is the Answer"
2009 Whitney Houston "Million Dollar Bill"
Mr. DYF (featuring Shena) "Hold On"
Eurythmics "Here Comes the Rain Again"
2010 Faith Hill "Breathe"
Shakira "Gypsy"
Sophie Ellis-Bextor "Bittersweet"
Hurts "Wonderful Life"
Shakira (featuring Freshlyground) "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)"
Shakira (featuring Dizzee Rascal) "Loca"
Pegasus "Pegasus"
George Michael "I Want Your Sex"
Rihanna "Only Girl (In the World)"
2011 Alexis Jordan "Good Girl"
Yasmin "Finish Line"
Yasmin (featuring Shy FX & Ms. Dynamite) "Light Up (The World)"
Nightcrawlers (featuring Taio Cruz) "Cryin' Over You"
Hurts "Better Than Love"
2012 Adele "Rolling in the Deep"
Justice "Phantom Pt. II"
Emeli Sandé "Heaven"
Rizzle Kicks "Mama Do the Hump"
Katy Perry "Part of Me"
Christophe Willem "Starlite"
2013 Depeche Mode "Heaven"
Hurts "Exile"
John Newman "Cheating"
Pegasus "Into My Arms"
Rubylux vs Freemasons "The World Goes Quiet"
London Grammar "Nightcall"
2014 Pegasus (featuring Levana Wolf) "Gorecki"
Gorgon City (featuring Jennifer Hudson) "Go All Night"
2015 Therese "Put 'Em High 2015"
2016 Sophie Ellis-Bextor "Come with Us"
Sophie Ellis-Bextor "Crystallise"
2017 Sophie Ellis-Bextor "Wild Forever"
2018 Metro feat. Nelly Furtado "Sticks & stones"
Paloma Faith "Make Your Own Kind of Music"
All Saints "After All"
2019 Eden xo "Have It All"
Jamie Hannah "Sound of My Youth"
Molly Hammar "Words"
Will Young "Your Love"
Diana Rouvas "Wait for No One"
Alphabeat "Shadows"
I Am Boleyn "Too Much"
2020 Alanis Morissette "Smiling"
Sia "Together"
Annie "The Streets Where I Belong"
Kylie Minogue "Say Something"
Gary Barlow "Incredible"
2021 Marisha Wallace "Faith"
Steps "A Hundred Years of Winter"

Production credits[edit]


  1. ^ IMO Records. "Freemasons Biography" Archived 5 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine, IMO Records, Retrieved on 14 February 2012.
  2. ^ Freemasons Archived 19 June 2007 at
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 214. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ Louis Pattison (2 November 2007). "Dance Review - Freemasons, Unmixed". BBC. Retrieved 21 January 2008.
  5. ^ "Freemasons Unmixed". I Like Music. Retrieved 21 January 2008.
  6. ^ "Song performance". A-Charts. Retrieved 18 August 2008.
  7. ^ Freemasons & Sophie Ellis-Bextor Archived 13 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ a b "UK chart peaks". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  9. ^ UK Freemason dance albums chart peaks:
  10. ^ UK Freemason compilation albums chart peaks:
  11. ^ a b "Belgian (Flanders) chart peaks". Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  12. ^ a b "Dutch chart peaks". Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  13. ^ Scottish Freemasons albums chart peaks:
  14. ^ a b "BPI Certification". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original on 15 March 2015. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  15. ^ Freemasons UK dance singles chart peaks:
  16. ^ "Australian chart peaks". Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  17. ^ a b Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (PDF ed.). Mt Martha, Victoria, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 108.
  18. ^ Finnish chart peaks "Sisältää hitin: Levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1961" (in Finnish). Sisältää Hitin - Suomen listalevyt (Timo Pennanen). Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  19. ^ "French chart peaks". Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  20. ^ "Irish chart peaks". Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  21. ^ Freemasons Scottish singles chart peaks:
  22. ^ "US dance airplay chart peaks". Billboard. Retrieved 20 September 2016.

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