Location: San Diego, California, U.S.A.
While San Diego’s veteran DJ/Producer Phrenik made his mark on the Southern California electronic music scene primarily through drum and bass, unbeknownst to many, his influence and impact reaches much further.
Long a staple on the SoCal scene, Phrenik’s popularity grew nationally and internationally through his highly rated radio show on DrumnBassTV.com, “The Resistance”, which he hosted for 5 years. After leaving the station in 2008 to focus on his production, his studio credibility began to start a buzz amongst the industry with his critically acclaimed dubstep remix of Rihanna’s hit, Disturbia, receiving downloads numbered in the thousands, hitting home with fans of both Rihanna and the grimey dubstep enthusiasts alike.
Since then, Phrenik’s reputation as a respected producer was further solidified when he teamed up with renowned vocalist Jillian Ann to create their breakthrough dubstep hit ‘Set It Off’ which broke the Beatport Top 50 within its first week of release on Simplify Recordings, not to mention also climbing to #1 in all-time label sales for the site. 2011 saw a steady flow of solid releases from Phrenik, coming from such bass heavy labels as London’s LU10 Recordings to LA’s Heavy Artillery Recordings. His recent follow-up release on Simplify, entitled the ‘Spy Games’, saw similar success by climbing to the Beatport Top 20 within its first week of sales as well.
2012 has proven to be a productive year so far for this prolific artist with many of his recent releases constantly climbing up the charts, thus creating quite a buzz in the world of bass. Collaborations and plenty of remix work are scheduled for various labels including Simplify, Heavy Artillery and Atom Recordings to name a few. With such varied and quality productions on such a wide variety of fronts, and such a buzz around his upcoming releases, all while gathering support from many of the genre’s most notable producers including Bare, Figure, Mark Instinct, Cyberoptics and Total Recall, It’s no doubt Phrenik is quickly becoming one of the new bad boys of bass music.
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