Just the name – DJ Fresh – presents a lifelong challenge. How can a producer live up to that name some two decades after he was first bowled over by the newness and innovation of rave music? How, in short, does DJ Fresh stay fresh?
The answer, perhaps, lies in the same urges that drove Daniel Stein to get involved with music in the first place. When friends’ older brothers began to return from early acid house raves with tapes, flyers and tales of people from all classes and backgrounds brought together by hedonism – “united under a musical banner” as he puts it – he was like a moth to a flame.