Belgian-born, Berlin-based producer Sébastien Vanschoonbeek, aka Kill Frenzy, has been deep into the dance scene for well over a decade. As a teenager, he acquired a distinct taste for house and techno from the greats: Jeff Mills, Green Velvet, DJ Godfather, Dave Clarke, DJ Slugo, DJ Milton, and DJ Funk. These kingpins would occasionally drop booty records, which is likely where Kill Frenzy first was exposed to the music that would later define the majority of his sound.
Kill Frenzy’s initial releases came on Ghetto Test–a subsidiary of the infamous Dust Traxx Records–and Juke Trax–DJ Godfather’s Ghettotech label. His 160 BPM juke joints were pure youthful adrenaline. He soon came back around to his early love of filthy and funky sounds to create his most well known track thus far, Make That Booty Clap.
In 2012, Kill Frenzy signed to Claude VonStroke’s dirtybird label. The idyllic pairing of Booty Clap and dirtybird enabled the record to spread like a virus, infecting DJs as diverse as Soul Clap and Skrillex, the later of whom helped turn this signature tune into a festival anthem.
This past November, KF released his debut album Taylr Swft, an LP that VonStroke referred to as his “secret weapon” and further catapulted him into the spotlight. Today, we’re lucky enough to get Kill Frenzy to share with us some of his favorite new releases for Dive Into The Deep–have a listen and read his words below.
Rødhåd – Helldiver (Original Mix) [Dystopian]
I just moved to Berlin and this track sums that up pretty good. When I first started DJing I started with techno, so playing this feels like I am 16 again. Not a very obvious club banger or anything, but that’s exactly what it doesn’t want to be. With these type of tracks its all about creating that groove that people get lost in. If you play this at the right time you lose sense of time; at least I do.
KiNK – Fantasia (Original Mix) [Pets]
This guy! This track just keep growing and growing; the longer you play it. the better it gets. Definitly a crowd favourite. It reminds me a bit of the tracks that came out around the early 2000s when I first started getting into proper dance music.
Deep’a & Biri – Basement Cut 002 (Original Mix) [Jaunt]
A Detroit influenced space adventure. Very hypnotising. The overall feel of this track is what gets me, along with that beautiful synth bobbing in there. And those claps! Like butter.
Breach & Oliver Dollar – Watch Me Work (Original Mix) [dirtybird]
Along with Eats Everything’s Robots Are Cool, this is my favourite track from the new dirtybird 10 compilation. Very simple and interesting use of the synth. This raises some eyebrows in the club. I like the originality of this track while still having some classic feel in it with the “work” vocal.
MATRiXXMAN – Cybernetic Implant (Original Mix) [Dekmantel]
I haven’t actually played this one out yet, but I am just about to go on tour in the US and I can’t wait to play it. The programming of this track has a certain live feel to it as well. Very futuristic with old elements.
MIX OF THE WEEK: Dave Clarke @ Fuse 1997
I first listened to this around 2003 or 2004. I love it so much and wished I would have been there to see in the moment. It sums up the music I first started listening to when first going out, and also sums up my influences pretty well, too.