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DJ Fresh quits dance music: “It’s fake and soul destroying”

Drum & bass legend DJ Fresh has announced he’s done with touring in a Facebook post that takes aim at the music industry.

“It’s time to begin the next chapter of my life.. And it’s way overdue,” the UK producer posted yesterday. “I cannot continue to be part of this industry.. I hate everything about it. It’s fake, soul destroying and promotes everything BUT experimentation and heartfelt emotion (which is what music means to me).”

While DJ Fresh – real name Daniel Stein – hasn’t commented on whether he’ll continue to make music, he says that his final shows before “[coming] off the road altogether” will be in January 2017. He is currently locked in for sets at Amensia Ibiza, Belgium’s Pukkelpop Festival and Portugal’s Monte Verde throughout August.

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Stein has been working in dance music for the better part of two decades, initially as part of iconic drum & bass group Bad Company before going solo. He has released three studio albums as DJ Fresh, spawning singles like the 2010 hit Gold Dust. In 2013 he collaborated with Diplo on the track Earthquake and this year released the How Love Begins EP. Stein is also the co-head of bass label Breakbeat Kaos.

He’s not the first high-profile producer to call it a day: in March Swedish superstar Avicii announced he would no longer be touring, while dubstep pioneer Benga took a hiatus from DJing in 2014 due to focus on his mental health.

DJ Fresh toured Australia in 2013 with Future Music Festival, previously playing on Parklife’s bass-heavy 2012 bill.

Katie Cunningham the Editor of inthemix. She is on Twitter.