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Name: Dean FUEL
Category: Music - Dj's
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About: It might seem easy to mix a few tracks together but it takes more than just turning tables to build up a track record like local deckmaster DJ Dean FUEL. What sets – and keeps – DEAN FUEL above the dime a dozen DJ’s popping up every other week is his distinctive knack for connecting with the crowd. A skill that helped get him noticed at his first unofficial gig in 2001 after he “nagged and convinced” his way onto the decks at a party, then kept the crowd going until long after closing. Almost hard to believe when you consider that the only hands-on experience he had up until then was practising on his pair of turntables at home with second-hand vinyls.

Born into a musical family – his father was a guitarist in the infamous S.A band, The Delians – FUEL grew up exposed to lots of different music and learnt to play the guitar and piano very young. But it was only after he attended his first underground raves that he discovered his passion – DJing. His biggest influence, he says, were DJ’s Carl Cox, Jeff Mills, Sasha and Digweed spinning the decks at these events. ‘Watching those wizards truly influenced what I wanted to do,’ he says.

FUEL’s come a long way since then and is now the only local spinner in SA to have played alongside 8 out of the top 10 DJs in the world. Some of his biggest events to date have been heating up the 7000-strong crowd for Jamiroquai a few years ago, performing alongside world-renowned SASHA in March 2009 and opening for the World’s number 1 ranking DJ for the last three years, Armin van Buuren, during the Godskitchen Boombox Tour in June 2009.

When he’s not mixing with the bigger fish at huge ‘raves’ and festivals, he’s keeping his local fans entranced with solo sets or alongside some of SA’s finest such as DJ Fresh, Ryan Dent, Erica Elle and Roger Goode. Between his main residencies at two of Cape Town’s ultimate haunts, Fridays at Karma Lounge in Camps Bay and Chevelle on Saturdays, he has also rocked the decks at bars and clubs around the country such as Club91 and The Bang Bang Club in Cape Town, Natural Groove and Truth in Johannesburg, 330 in Durban, Numbers in East London and 52 in Port Elizabeth.

And his music hasn’t stopped on our shores either. Dean FUEL’s mixes have travelled around the globe via various album releases such as his first international single, Sexy Hippie, a collaboration with Adam Metcalfe which was signed to Danish record label IBOGA Records in 2007. Since then, he’s joined forces with studio partner Sentrafuge to release Trippin’ Out on the House Anthems 4 album in 2007, This One’s For You on House Anthems 7 in 2008 and Wild Ride on Reloaded Vol.3 – Plastik Park in 2009. Currently he’s booked solid at clubs and parties around the country – including the Olmeca Tequila tour parties – and mixing and compiling the next Anthems album due for release in early 2010.

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Friday, 5 March marks the start of Dean FUEL’s weekly DJ residency on Good Hope FM’s Night Funk Show with DJ Mixi from 22:10 to 22:40pm.

“Dean FUEL is undoubtedly one of Cape Town’s most prolific and in demand deck masters.” He has played alongside world-renowned DJ’s such as Armand van Buuren, Paul van Dyk, and David Guetta.

The Good Hope FM Night Funk show will be getting a taste of what has made Dean FUEL famous in the night club scene. His uniquely global sounds of minimal, funk, tech, electro and progressive are always well received by a packed dance floor of cheering fans.

Catch the show every Friday from 10pm where Dean FUEL will do what he does best and will also keep his listeners updated as to where he will be playing over the weekend.


For more information about Dean FUEL check out the following:
Dean FUEL’s website: Link 
Dean FUEL’s Facebook Fanpage: Link 
Dean FUEL’s twitter profile: Link 

For more information about the show check out DJ Mixi’s blog:

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  • Dean Fuel plays the South African airwaves with world’s number one DJ – Tiesto

    On May 15, 2010 the Smirnoff Experience is bringing the world’s number one DJ – Tiësto to Johannesburg, South Africa.

    He will be headlining the night and supported by a selection of our local greats, including DJ Dean FUEL.

    Tiësto is the world’s biggest DJ, whose musical achievements are unsurpassed. Currently on his Kaleidoscope World Tour, which is the biggest DJ-only tour in history, Tiësto is playing a 14 month long schedule with over 150 dates across six continents, to over one million people.

    South African DJ – Dean FUEL’s musical career has seen him play alongside eight of the top 10 DJ’s in the world. Some of his biggest events to date have been heating up the 7000-strong crowd for Jamiroquai a few years ago, performing alongside world-renowned Sasha in March 2009 and opening for the world’s number one ranking DJ for the past three years, Armin van Buuren, during the Godskitchen Boombox Tour in June 2009.

    Both Tiesto and Dean began their careers playing in night clubs as sought after resident DJs, producing their own music on the side, and eventually becoming radio DJ personalities. Their shows being somewhat synchronised in agenda with ‘Tiesto’s Club Life’ in the Netherlands, and Dean co hosting ‘The Night Funk’ show on Goodhope FM in Cape Town.

    On Tiesto’s latest productions, he has chosen to drop the “DJ” label and is now known simply as “Tiësto”, an alias which is a twist of his childhood nickname. “Dean FUEL” has also become a household name in South African dance music.

    Catch Dean FUEL and Tiesto on Saturday 15 May 2010 when the two of them make dance music history by playing together on the biggest DJ-only tour in history!

    To get up to date info about the event visit the event page on Facebook:
    nick_pe - Posted 61 months ago
  • Listen to Deans latest podcast!
    aimeedup - Posted 62 months ago

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