Lebanese/Italian DJ Producer residing in Amsterdam.
Fady Ferraye has not had a normal upbringing for an artist. Born in Beirut,
he began collecting vinyl at the age of 10, with the Lebanese civil war as a
backdrop, mastering his skills back in the 80s in one of the city’s
bomb shelters. Back then, Beirut was similar to Berlin pre-1990; dark, divided, and
insecure. It was no easy start for a musician’s career that would one day take him
across the world for high-profile gigs, in The Netherlands, Lebanon, India, Belgium, Germany, Romania, Qatar, Armenia, Syria, Jordan, Bahrain, Dubai, Romania, Turkey.... Fady has truly delivered the message that the Middle East is not only a place of war, but a place of musical expression and a hotbed of creativity. After years of spinning in the vibrant but at times troubled Middle East (including six long years playing a weekly residency at Beirut’s B018 and two in The Basement), Fady felt the time was right to take the plunge to move to a European dance music epicentre, Amsterdam, away from the domestic troubles in his native country.
The switch to Amsterdam saw his international DJ career really start. He quickly became resident at Club NL (four years and still going strong), launched his own Saturday night Yield event alongside DJ Maron as well as Hurly Burly on a Thursday with Dutch celeb Johnny De Mol.
Fady's consistency behind the decks has led to invites to play internationally in as far-flung places such as Dubai, and amazingly he still manages to hold down a regular slot at the Basement in Beirut, flying to the Middle East on a regular basis. Glamorous nights have included performing at afterhours party for P Diddy, headlining Fashion TV's Black Diamond Boat, and Gumball 3000 Amsterdam Party , while DJ bookings over the years have seen him perform alongside Tiesto, Paul Oakenfold, Deep Dish, Sander Kleinenberg, Above & Beyond, Judge Jules, Dave Seaman, Marco V and many more.
Productions are crucial for the progress of any DJ’s career and this hard-working studio master has signed records to labels all around the world including Audio Therapy, Baroque (UK), Presslab (Italy), Faith (Belgium), Bad Pony, Often Gruven (Canada), Frisky, Proton Particles (US), Pesto, Jetlag (Ger), Outside The Box, The Sessions (NL), Chill Om (India) and many more. Support has come from the cream of the world’s DJ elite including Hernan Cattaneo, Sharam (Deep Dish), Sasha, John Digweed, Nick Warren, Dave Seaman, James Zabiela, Steve Lawler, Laurent Garnier and many more.
Fady also runs his own Goosebumps and Red Circle labels to release his own music and to push any unsigned dancefloor gems he finds on his travels. The Goosebumps label is managed by UK-based Critical Rhythm.
With internet radio and podcasting expanding, Fady also crucially finds time to host two popular radio shows, Frisky Radio (No. 1 internet radio), and Holland’s number one radio I D & T's Dance Tunes Radio, those creative people after Sensation, Energy, and Mystery Land.
2010 was an important year for Fady Ferraye, with big releases on Baroque, Frisky and Audio Therapy, a nnew residency in Amsterdam, the legendary club Panama, and another residency in Beirut, where it all started, B018, the club that John Digweed named, the best club he visited in 2010, (Fady Ferraye was the resident 2000-2006), making it the biggest comeback of the last decade. That year, also, saw Fady climbing the charts of Dj mag's yearly poll, making it to #14th Progressive House Dj of the year 2010, and that is just a start, Fady Ferraye's cult is still growing bigger and bigger in all corners of the world, thanks to his wise and mature vision in the music culture, his open minded and versatile taste; Some people called him “the walking encyclopedia of music”, he shocked every music freak with his show at Beattunes, iNCOHERENT tRANSCRIPTS, and it is a 4 decades of Cosmic Sounds and Weird Party Music show.
If you have ever had the pleasure of witnessing Fady in action, his diverse background and unique upbringing can be heard in any of the clubs or festivals where he plays – it’s a real mix of all that’s good about electronic music. In fact, it could be said that Fady is a real dancefloor chef; he has a sound recipe of his own, with quality house and techno as ingredients. His long sets mean he can take great pride in serving appetizers, the main dish and the dessert. This is his musical philosophy, how he believes a great party should be approached, and it’s all encapsulated for you on his brand new double CD compilation entitled "The Double Effect".
Music, News and Discography
Goosebumped @ Frisky Radio
The Vinyl Cut @ Dance Tunes Radio (weekly podcast)