Upcycle Recordings is the brain-child of DJ Fen - one of the founders of BUG Records, which is partly responsible for breaking Garage through from the underground to the mainstream in the mid 90's.
With the resurgence of House and Garage music, Upcycle rides on this wave; with brand new tracks ready to roll, we hit the ground running with a huge release for 2020 - a crisp rework of the Garage anthem "Spend The Night" by Danny J Lewis, with remixes from the likes of Marc Cotterell, DJ Fen himself and ChicOlindo.
Even more huge releases are set for the rest of the year, so buckle up and prepare for the return of Upcycle.
DJ Fen has come a long way in the music industry since 1992, his passion is still strong! Fen is prolific in his field. His interest in DJing started as a 13 year old sneaking into his older brother’s bedroom to fool around on his decks. His serious enthusiasm for music came in the late eighties when the rave culture exploded. Fen soon found his preference in US garage and began playing out at house parties and started his own party nights in 1992 called ‘Global House’.
Fen has, and still turns his hand to all aspects of music, from running Bug Records, presenting a radio show & producing house & Garage music. The one thing he feels that opened many doors for him was setting up the pirate station London Underground together with Ramsey and a couple of close friends, which also opened the doors for many fellow DJ’s and producers to get them to where they are today.
Fen involved in some huge productions over the years, and re-mixing some of the biggest garage anthems to include the likes of The Heartists – Belo Horizonti, The Fabulous Baker Boys – ‘Oh Boy’, N-tyc ‘Telefunkin’, Yazz ‘Abandon Me’, Jaheem –‘Could it be’, Robbie Craig – ‘Special’, Somore ‘I refuse’, two re-mixes of Kim Mazelle’s ‘Big Baby and ‘Quality’- which all proved massively successful. Also mixed high profile garage compilations such as Garage Nation and the 3rd volume of the Locked On series. In 2000 the ‘Love bug’ Compilation was also released which included more Ramsey & Fen material.
Alongside Ramsey & MJ Cole, they produced some memorable material for BUG Records (which Fen founded with Ramsey & Mr.Jones back in 1996). A list of many hits came from the BUG camp which includes ‘Style’, ‘Desire’, ‘Mad Changes’, ‘Always’, ‘Colours’, ‘Into You’, ‘Favourite Part of Me’ and not forgetting the massive anthem ‘Love bug’.
In club world, Fen plays all round the world and has touched down in Switzerland, Japan, Tenerife, Amsterdam (playing at the massive Dance Valley Festival), ‘Privilege’ Ibiza the largest club in the world, and not forgetting Aiya Napa-Cyprus to name a few. Closer to home Fen has performed at numerous clubs across the country and including Numb Nums, La Cosa Nostra, Sun City, Pure Silk, Juicy, Masquerade, Smooth which includes the massive New Year’s Eve Parties at the Dome and Ministry of Sound.
He has several residencies in and around London. And not forgetting one of Fen’s own nights Club Ventura created in 1998. In 2004 saw the birth of a totally new concept in clubbing where fen and partner Jimmy from public demand records started a club night called “I’m a celebrity get me in here” which after a string of successful nights across the west end has proven to be a huge success.
Currently Festivals are a huge make up in the club scene and Fen is loving every minute of this. Playing at some of the biggest events in the U.K, to include: Southport Weekender, Garage Nation, 51st State, UK Garage Fest, Transmission, South-East Dance festival, to name a few. In the clubs some of Fen’s residencies include Back to 95, Twice as Nice, Freak Show, Stush, Exposure, Prophecy of House and many, many more…
His goals for the coming year involve new releases on his labels, Bug Records & Upcycle Recordings (Fen’s new label) promoted through Beat1, featuring some great new talent. Back in 2015 Fen started releasing some of his own productions on Bug Records and remixing for some major labels, which has been received with great feedback from M-TV, Mobo’s and Music week. Getting plays all around the world, collaborations with Kit Rice has proved to be very successful, so keep an eye out in for some more heat from them to be released on Upcycle Recordings. As ever there will be new Ramsey & Fen tracks on the horizon.
Fen wants to keep pushing UK house & Garage music in a positive direction and will do so through dJing, producing & hosting his weekly show on Mi-Soul Radio.
I have been welcomed into the Mi-Soul family, where you can hear the latest in UK House & Garage and a touch of Old School. Mi-Soul is available on the DAB network, App or Online. For more info please visit www.mi-soul.com. Come join the party every Friday night.