Freddy K

__techno dj and producer since 1991__founder of K1971 Label Management__boss of KEY Vinyl

Freddy K: techno activist. Since the ‘90s Alessio Armeni has been tireless campaigning from the dancefloor, defending vinyl, championing young talents and reinforcing the scene from the shadows. You will know him best for his marathon DJ sets and deviant selections. You might recognise him as the head of KEY Vinyl, or for the backstage role he played at M_Rec, the label he helped run with best friend Max_M. You should definitely know about Virus, the thing that started it all off for him back in Rome.

Lory D and Leo Anibaldi’s The Sound of Rome movement; Luca Cucchetti’s renowned Mad radio shows; warehouses, soundsystems and rave all informed Freddy K’s earliest obsession with techno. He started DJing at Sunday after hour events, having danced all through the night himself. In 1993, aged 21, he launched his now famous Virus radio show, which ran daily from 8PM to midnight, and from midnight to 6AM every Saturday. Parties, a booking agency and record shop soon followed: the Virus movement had arrived. A year later Freddy K signed to the legendary ACV, who released his first EP, Control. Rage Of Age, his debut album came in 1995; a dark and noisy record influenced by his two passions, Chicago acid and rock. It was widely lauded throughout the country and remains a testament to the old Sound of Rome today.

After Virus peaked and having toured all over the world with ACV, Freddy K stopped DJing and retreated to the backroom. He spent the early millennial years working with Sandro Nasonte at Rome’s flagship record store, Remix. Together they set up the influential Elettronica Romana label, which released some of Donato Dozzy and Giorgio Gigli's first EPs. In 2005 Freddy K launched K1971, a label management enterprise that continues to support fledgling initiatives today from its base in Berlin. He moved to the German capital in 2009, setting up KEY Vinyl as a “techno label for DJs” two years later. Artists like PVS and Héctor Oaks have helped forge the label’s (and Freddy K’s own) traditionalist view on techno.

Moving to Berlin reignited Freddy K’s teenage infatuation with rave. He soon fell in with Homopatik, the former monthly gay event at ://about blank. He became notorious for his epic 10, 14 and 16 hour-long sessions there, playing always strictly vinyl and in a dynamic, party conscious fashion. Freddy K sets are characteristically mercurial and 100% tailored for the dance. He plays a “360°-style of techno,” which can include Soft Cell, WestBam or Bronski Beat—when the timing is just right. He played his first Berghain set in 2013; two years later he was closing the place, keeping the energy levels soaring well into Monday. The last 20 minutes, he says, are the most important. So be sure to stick around till the very end.
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Singles & EPs

Freddy K - Control EP album art Freddy K Control EP (EP) ACV Italy 1994 Sell This Version
Freddy K - Rage Of Age album art Freddy K Rage Of Age (Album) ACV Italy 1995 Sell This Version
Freddy K - Soundz EP album art Freddy K Soundz EP (EP) ACV Italy 1995 Sell This Version
ELITE 038 Freddy K The Night In Progress(12") Elite (2) ELITE 038 Italy 1996 Sell This Version
TOL 004 Freddy K - V E.P. album art Freddy K V E.P.(12", EP) Tools Records TOL 004 Italy 1997 Sell This Version
Freddy K - Magnetron EP album art Freddy K / Claudio De Tommasi Freddy K / Claudio De Tommasi - Magnetron EP (EP) Elettronica Romana LTD Italy 2007 Sell This Version
Key Vinyl Ltd 01 Freddy K - K's Game album art Freddy K & Ken Karter Freddy K & Ken Karter - K's Game(10") Key Vinyl Key Vinyl Ltd 01 Italy 2012 Sell This Version
LTD 002 Freddy K - Devo Andare 2017 album art Freddy K Devo Andare 2017(12") Key Vinyl LTD 002 Italy 2017 Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

CDACV2001 Freddy K - Il Suono Di Roma album art Freddy K Il Suono Di Roma(CD, Mixed) ACV CDACV2001 Italy 1994 Sell This Version
CDHT001 Freddy K - Virus Vol. 2 album art Freddy K Virus Vol. 2(CD, Comp, Mixed) Hot Trax CDHT001 Italy 1996 Sell This Version
CDACV 2003 Freddy K - Virus album art Freddy K Virus(CD, Comp, Mixed) ACV CDACV 2003 Italy Unknown Sell This Version

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December 19, 2007
Alessio Armeni, aka Freddy K, was the creator of the radio program called "VIRUS" (aka as "VIRUZ", since Freddy pronunced all words with the "z" final) and the guru of all the "Virus Movement" in Rome.
The first day of broadcasting was on April, 24 1993 on "Effetto Radio Uno", 89.3 FM in Rome. Two years later the progam moved on "Mondo Radio" (90.9 FM), a very "hot" radio station in Rome, most focused on techno-progressive sound.
Initially, Freddy proposed a very acid and "dark" sound, detroit techno and many labels from London.
After, following the "mood" of big european rave, he proposed a very good hard trance, techno, hardcore and gabber selections.
Very followed was the "hit parade" on Friday (La Piramide del Virus) and the monday night hardcore selection, played by Walter One (Maniac Monday)
Freddy played as Dj in many many parties in Rome (especially in some one-night called "Virus Day" or every April 24 for the "Virus Birthday Parties) and many raves (both in Italy and rest of Europe).
Every raver, in Rome and not also, knows his name and he is still Dj-ing in very "techno" clubs in Rome.


December 5, 2007
Mr Freddy K il viruz himself, he has taken with him and together with his movement thousands of ravers .Through his radio program he proposed to a large and vast public the real techno music always searching abroad new releases from old school to new hardcore and gabber later. Such a shame no one now is able to do the same thing with a radio in Rome Italy .We suppose that many foreign artits and djs are known now just because their records were passed on his radio program every night. The same thing could be said for the many labels told hundreds of times on radio that made the history of techno music and now unfortunately forgiven ex acidferous,80 aum records,hot trax,acv,dance ecstasy ,dance mania,sounds never seen,sysmo,magnetic north.Are they enough ?

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