With releases on Dirtybird and PETS and remixes for the cream of modern music talent such as Fenech-Soler and Mausi already under his burgeoning belt, this is one producer already impossible to pigeonhole and difficult to ignore since bursting onto the scene in early 2013.
Seemingly arriving from nowhere, Friend Within has made a lot of friends in a very short space of time. From guesting on T.Williams Rinse FM show to radio plays by Skream & Benga, Annie Mac, B Traits, Mistajam, DJ Cameo and Monki as well as having already DJ’ed in pretty much every major city in the UK, there’s no denying the dent this mysterious producer has made.
With further support coming from RA, XLR8R, Dancing Astronaut and Trap Magazine to name just a few, Friend Within has been living up to his name following an invitation to feature on the ‘Monki & Friends’ Red Bull collaboration project. Working alongside Karma Kid and Yasmin, their track ‘Feeling (So Special)’ blends the best of all three artists in a bona fide summer anthem that was quickly picked up through serious radio, DJ and online love. His latest release, “The Mechanism”, was made in collaboration with Disclosure and also picked up a lot of heat after being released this July.
The UK artist has also founded his own label “He Loves You”. The first release, ‘The Label/The Hat” will come from the hands of Friend Within himself. A place for Friend Within’s own creative output, He Loves You is the culmination of a varied back catalogue which has seen the heavily supported DJ and producer release on everyone from Dirtybird to Hypercolour right through to Method Records via a collaboration with the hottest brothers in the stratosphere, Disclosure.
For now, let the man himself take you on a spherical thrill ride with this extraordinary podcast in the run-up to his gig at Verknipt’s ADE Special on October 16th in Westerunie. Friend Within will be playing alongside the likes of Deetron, Shadow Child, Bodhi, Guti, Tube & Berger, Nic Fanciulli and many more. The event will be hosted in accordance with three major labels who are all bringing along their very best to please the hungry crowd that Thursday: Barcelona-based catlovers Suara Music, a very special get together between Rejected and Knee Deep In Sound in the next room and last but not least Food Music will be on the menu, where Friend Within himself will be playing.
Food Music Stage: Shadow Child | Bodhi | KRY WOLF | NT89 | Friend Within |
Bodhi – Satisfaction
Route 94 – Elevate
Midland – Duster
Marquis Hawkes – Outta This Hood
Duke Dumont – Won’t Look Back (Special Request 48 Hr Session Remix)
Friend Within – The Label
Copy Paste Soul – The Reverend
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs & Anna Lunoe – Feels Like
Bot & Wafa – MSMFN
Friend Within – The Hat
Worthy – Golden Fang
Mickey Kojak Feat. Tazzy – Feel My Pain (Sinden Remix)
Drew Hill – Talk To You (Groove Armada Remix)
Lxury – Company
Billy Kenny – Work
Redlight – SET ME 3 (Native Mix)
Banks – Begging For Thread (Friend Within Remix)