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 Dj-ing 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’.
Still, part of the Dj-ing duo ‘Ramsey & Fen’ who have been a household name for the last 21 years, the two of them can currently be heard across the UK in club land and on the popular Internet & FM station Dream FM. In the past, Fen has played on some of the biggest radio stations including Kiss FM & Choice 107.1fm with special mix shows playing the best in UK Garage and House (Choice FM was recently acquired by the Capital Group).
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 e.g. Danny Foster, Hermit, Jason Kaye, Richie Fingers, Daryl B, as well as a pre-Dreem Teem Mikee B, Timmi Magic and DJ Spoony, plus many more, who all met at the station.
Fen & Ramsey also were involved in producing 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’, 2 remixes of Kim Mazelle’s ‘Big Baby and ‘Quality’- which all proved massively successful. They have also mixed high-profile garage compilations such as Garage Nation and the 3rd volume of the Locked On series. In the year 2000, the ‘Lovebug’ 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 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 ‘Lovebug’.
In the club world, Fen has played all around the world touching 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. Closer to home Fen has performed at numerous clubs across the country and to name a few such as Numb Nums, La Cosa Nostra, Sun City, Pure Silk, Juicy, Masquerade, Smooth which includes the massive New Years Eve Parties at the Dome and Ministry of Sound.
He has several residences 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. Also in 2005, a launch of another new night took place at London’s embassy club every Thursday, which has established itself as London’s place to be seen at.
Over the years Fen has been writing reviews for the monthly magazine “Notion” where he reviews the best in UK Garage and House music. In the past, he has also written for many columns another one to mention is Echo magazine (2002 - 2004)
His goals for the coming year involve new releases on his label Bug Records, featuring new signings, one that seems to be grabbing a lot of attention is “Gabriella”. As ever there are new Ramsey & Fen tracks on the horizon and for the first time ever Fen in 2015 started releasing some of his own music on Bug Records and remixing for some major labels, which has been received with great feedback and getting plays all around the world. Collaborations with Kit Rice has also proved to be very successful, so keep an eye out in 2017 for some more hot new productions from them.
Fen wants to keep pushing UK house & Garage music in a positive direction and will do so through playing, producing & now also hosting a show on Mi-Soul Radio every week.