Techno Veteran Aubrey Fry Continues Comeback With Debut EP ‘Dystopia’
I wrote my Dystopia EP while deep in the pandemic lockdown living in the Black Mountains, Wales. I had been watching a load of dystopian films and TV and life was like living through a film as the dystopian scenes from around the world were beamed over the 6 o’clock news each day. Even the silence of the countryside in Wales was heightened, it was defanging and making music was the only meaningful outlet I had to keep me sane. I hope to hear my music played in some clubs in the future, they were all wrote using my Funktion One sound system as my monitor so they should sound optimal in a nightlife scene.” – Aubrey Fry
It isn’t uncommon for artists to take a break from dance music and make a subsequent comeback, but not many take a 15-year break in the Welsh wilderness then sign all 5 of their first completed productions to a prestigious imprint. Up steps Aubrey Fry who has done just that, following the purplest of pandemic production patches during which time all other pursuits had to be put on hold.
First came inclusion on John Digweed’s gargantuan 2021 Bedrock mix compilation sequel, ‘Quattro II,’ with the track ‘Hard’ featuring alongside contributions from luminaries including Robbert Babicz, Josh Wink, Darren Emmerson, Buschwacka!, Miles Atmospheric, and Quivver.
When he moved to Brighton he properly cut his DJing teeth, with regular spots in clubs like the Ocean Rooms, Escape and Funky Buddha Lounge. He soon became a resident for hedonistic, multi-genre club night Stompaphunk, playing alongside fellow Brightonians of that era like Serge Santiago, Radio Slave and David Parr as well as heavy hitter guests including Derrick Carter, Craig Richards and James Holden.
Reflecting his DJing heritage, Aubrey’s productions mirror his eclectic musical tastes, with forays into everything under the electronica umbrella, whilst always keeping one foot in the rave.