“Dean FUEL is undoubtedly one of Cape Town’s most prolific and in demand deck masters.”
A solid reputation and loyal following has put him at the forefront of the South African dance scene, having already performed alongside global legends such as David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, Erick Morillo, Basement Jaxx, Mylo, Audio Bullies, Deep Dish, Sasha, John Digweed, Paul van Dyk, Ferry Corsten, Infected Mushroom, James Lavelle, Martin Solveig, Kaskade, Sonique, James Zabiela, The Freestylers, Bass Kleph and even Jamiroquai!
Dean also features on all major international tours of SA, including the likes of Godskitchen, Ministry of Sound, Hed Kandi, Pacha, Gatecrasher, Renaissance and Global Underground. One of the hardest working players in the dance scene today – the FUEL has already sparked interest overseas with offers for Paris, Dubai, London and more!
Dean FUEL’s distinctive musical style is versatile, and uniquely his own – fusing an intercontinental blend of Minimal, Funk, House, Techno, Electro, Progressive & Trance – the FUEL adds that something special, igniting all dance floors and keeping them burning with his passion and infectious energy delivered through the turntables – ALL ATTITUDE.
The perfectionist within him ensures he continuously hones his skills with many hours spent laboring in his studio, always looking for new and innovative ways to push the boundaries of his craft. This dedication has been tried and tested on numerous dancefloors all over the country and beyond, securing an ever-growing fan-base of loyal partygoers – FUEL’s reputation and appeal continue to grow.
Born into a family where music was not only a passion but a way of life, Dean took to the world of music from an early age. Drawing on a diverse musical background, driven by inspirational live-sets from the greats Carl Cox, Sasha & Digweed, and Jeff Mills – he nurtured an overwhelming desire to be a DJ. Taking his natural flair for mixing, he honed his abilities as a creative DJ and producer – supported by a truly formidable record collection, and a studio full of hi-tech hardware and gadgets.
His raw talent, undeniable passion and charismatic energy have earned FUEL residencies and created legacies at many of the country’s top clubs, among them Cape Town’s Rhodes House, Caprice, The Fez, Jet Lounge, Sutra, Opium, Bambu, Karma, The Bang Bang Club, Chevelle and many more, currently holding down his latest residency at Trinity.
Nationwide demand has meant that Fuel has not limited himself to his adoptive city. A hectic touring schedule sees him spinning regularly all over South Africa! From Cape Town to Johannesburg, Pretoria to Stellenbosch, Durban to Plett, PE to East London, Kimberly through to Pietermaritzburg, and just about everywhere in between – Dean has rocked it right.
FUEL’s edge also comes from his skills at creating his own music. Recent accomplishments include having released the ‘Opium’ (2006) Album to high regard, as well as featuring numerous tracks and collaborations produced by the man himself on prominent dance compilations. Most recently “Trippin’ Out” (with Sentrafuge) was featured on the hugely successful ‘House Anthems 4’ (2007) album, selling over 10000 copies, and became the leading track for the recent ‘Kiss FM’ album. Another collaboration track, ‘Sexy Hippie’ (with Metcalfe) has been signed to Danish progressive label, IBOGA Records, and features on their critically acclaimed ‘Set 7: Declivity’ compilation, thus marking the beginning of an international career for this talented up and coming producer. His latest collaboration with Sentrafuge – “Wild Ride” has already been signed to illustrious international label PLASTIK PARK and seen a worldwide release on their latest album – ‘Reloaded Vol. 3’. A specially recorded “vocal” mix of this single featured as the title track named “This One’s For You” on the recent ‘House Anthem 7’ (2008) CD release, once again co-mixed by the man himself, and once again selling tens of thousands of copies nationwide.
Dean’s latest album venture is non-other than the fast selling ELECTRO CANDI 3, currently in the top 20 selling albums in South Africa for 2011 in August, the figures speak for themselves…
The last few years have been a whirlwind of success, and, not prepared to slow down for a moment, this year looks set to be even more successful! 2007 and 2008 saw him completing nationwide club tours – promoting the runaway hit albums of non-other than ‘House Anthems 4’ and ‘House Anthems 7’ CDs, which he co-complied, mixed and mastered. With commissions to put together further upcoming CD mix compilations on the cards, many more original studio productions and top artist remixes in the pipelines, a full slate of club and tour dates, not to mention talk of his own dance show on local radio, FUEL is set to further increase his reach in 2011 and has global domination firmly in his sights.
Dean FUEL is blazing an upward trail like no other.