Meet The Producer
Pete Le Freq
Pete Le Freq
…will be known to some but DMC members will be in for a treat with this “new to DMC Producer.
If ever there was someone who raises the question “How does he find time to make that?”, then serial editor and remixer Pete Le Freq is it. His reworks have been played by DJs the world over, and the sheer number of tracks he produces have caused people to suggest he doesn’t sleep much.
Pete started producing over 14 years ago, first producing house music with his label Llama Farm Recordings. Since then, he’s been remixed by Jay-J, Eric Kupper and Kenny Summit (AKA Director’s Cut), and appeared on compilations with Joey Negro and LCD Soundsystem, and played alongside the likes of Crazy P, Michael Gray, and Pete Tong.
Since discovering the things he was sampling were better than the things he was making, Pete found that retouching and reworking the originals gave him his producing mojo a boost. Soon after Alpaca Edits was born. The York based edits label has since become home to fellow reworkers such as Dr Packer, Fingerman, Mannix, Luxxury, and Chuggin Edits.
He’s been resident DJ at Sotano and Kennedy’s in York for the last 7 years, and this has fuelled his productions to greater heights. Taking things back to the days of the original residents of the disco era, he’s known for all night sets in a friendly and intimate atmosphere.
Djing highlights include warming up for Michael Gray & Ian Ossia for Downtown Disco, kicking off the Toil Trees stage at Beatherder two years running, and getting mistaken for one of the Proclaimers whilst playing a Disco event at Fibbers, York.
In the last few years, Pete has seen releases on vinyl, had his tracks re-edited by Dimitri from Paris and featured by Glitterbox, and generally kept a ridiculous pace of production. This despite being a dad of two boys, part-time primary school teacher and whatever-time-was-left-over Lego obsessive.
DMC wise, his favourites stem from his early days DJing, finding the compilations in record shops and feeling they were from some fluke. The Thieving Hoodlums remix of the Brother’s Johnson – Stomp was his first taste of DMC releases, and introduced him to the likes of Michael Gray and Jon Pearn, Paul Dakeyne and a host of others.