Colin Russell

Real Name:
Colin Russell (DJ Freestyle)
Profile:
DJ Freestyle (Colin Russell) born 1973 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

An early love of music saw him take up guitar in 1989, but quickly put that down a year or two later, in favour of a set of Technics 1200's and a mixer.

Loving many styles of music, but dance music in particular (R&B, Funk, Hip Hop, Disco, Boogie, House, Garage) Colin started djing professionally at clubs and raves after winning his first DJ Competition.

Colin always wanted to be able to mix and scratch like the best in the world. After much practice and winning several dj competitions in his home state, he began learning about music production & engineering at K.Rasta Studio's. This gave Colin the opportunity to work with some talented people and amazing equipment.

After a great intake of knowledge from the K.Rasta studio - http://krastastudio.com/home/ Colin set up his own home studio "Funkshun Produkshuns" in January of 1999.

After much practice in the art of music production / engineering, Freestyle started getting noticed worldwide. He then signed releases to many labels (mostly U.S. House labels, but some European also).

Labels such as Guesthouse, Tango, OM, Grab Recordings, Shifted Music, Frik N Frak, Kolour Recordings, Control, Phuturesole, Briquerouge, Icon, Random Soul Recordings, Safe In Sound Music etc

After landing a track on Mark Farina's "Live at Om" mix cd (a remix for Roy Davis Jr) his popularity was now enough to tour internationally.

DJ Freestyle played gigs in Poland, the UK, Czech Republic, Belgium, Slovakia, Canada and the United States of America.

In doing so though, it was quite difficult for him as a medical condition was in full swing by this stage.

He played as a resident in many venues in Australia, gigging in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and up and down both north and south coastlines (Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Noosa etc).

After 20 years of solid djing, his medical condition was starting to get the better of him and he had achieved all he wanted to on a pair of turntables thus far, going one on one scratching with world DMC champion A-Trak was a great experience.

Within that time, he signed numerous tracks to more labels and was remixing different artists constantly.

In 2010, Colin and his wife moved from Queensland to the state of Victoria where he and brother Kay Jay (Soul Deep Collective) run a label called "Integrity Recordings" - http://www.integrityrecordings.com/ Australia's first proper house music label (est 2006).

DJ Freestyle was pretty much forced to give up djing as his condition would not allow him to stand longer than 10-15 minutes due to intense, crippling pain.

Looking for a positive from that negative, Colin began Mastering tracks for many house labels and producers after years of prior experience in the artform.

Colin is a regular Mastering Engineer for established labels such as "Moulton Studio's" , "Seasons Recordings", "Random Soul Recordings", "Integrity Recordings", "Bobbin Head" "Refuge" etc and has done work on many other labels with an established client list of the absolute best house producers in the business.

Country Victoria is now home for DJ Freestyle where he continues to produce music at his own pace, run a label and fit mastering jobs in (doing as much as he can handle with his medical condition)
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Remix

GFR004 Colin Russell - Forest Lake Grooves EP album art DJ Freestyle (2) Kowallla (Uco Lips Remix) DJ Freestyle (2) - Forest Lake Grooves EP(12", EP) Goodfamily Recordings GFR004 US 2005 Sell This Version
KRD015 Colin Russell - Don't You Know EP album art Smart Kid Don't You Know (DJ Freestyle's Rejam) Smart Kid - Don't You Know EP(3xFile, MP3, EP) Kolour Recordings KRD015 US 2007
VOL004 Colin Russell - Some People album art Craig Hamilton Some People (DJ Freestyle's Remix) Craig Hamilton - Some People(4xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Voluptuous Recordings VOL004 US 2008

Writing & Arrangement

661 Colin Russell - The 661 EP album art Various 777 (DJ Freestyle Remix) Various - The 661 EP(12", EP) Loft 66 Records 661 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
GR020 Colin Russell - Calling All Jackers album art DJ Freestyle (2) DJ Freestyle (2) - Calling All Jackers(12") Grab Recordings GR020 US 2005 Sell This Version
GFR004 Colin Russell - Forest Lake Grooves EP album art DJ Freestyle (2) DJ Freestyle (2) - Forest Lake Grooves EP(12", EP) Goodfamily Recordings GFR004 US 2005 Sell This Version
GR014 Colin Russell - The 3 Zone EP album art DJ Freestyle (2) + Tone Control DJ Freestyle (2) + Tone Control - The 3 Zone EP(12", EP) Grab Recordings GR014 US 2005 Sell This Version
IR031 Colin Russell - The Visitors EP album art Big Pond Big Pond - The Visitors EP(File, AIFF, MP3, WAV, EP) Integrity Records IR031 Australia 2012
PACIFIC 001 Colin Russell - The Way It Was album art Freestyle* Feat. Nadine* Freestyle* Feat. Nadine* - The Way It Was(12") Pacific (17) PACIFIC 001 UK Unknown Sell This Version

Production

GR020 Colin Russell - Calling All Jackers album art DJ Freestyle (2) DJ Freestyle (2) - Calling All Jackers(12") Grab Recordings GR020 US 2005 Sell This Version
GM06 Colin Russell - Slide album art DJ Freestyle (2) + Joe Silva Present Big Pond DJ Freestyle (2) + Joe Silva Present Big Pond - Slide(12") Guesthouse Music GM06 US 2005 Sell This Version
GFR004 Colin Russell - Forest Lake Grooves EP album art DJ Freestyle (2) DJ Freestyle (2) - Forest Lake Grooves EP(12", EP) Goodfamily Recordings GFR004 US 2005 Sell This Version
GR014 Colin Russell - The 3 Zone EP album art DJ Freestyle (2) + Tone Control DJ Freestyle (2) + Tone Control - The 3 Zone EP(12", EP) Grab Recordings GR014 US 2005 Sell This Version
ICON 027 Colin Russell - Sumpin' 4 Da Klubz album art DJ Freestyle (2) DJ Freestyle (2) - Sumpin' 4 Da Klubz(12") Icon Recordings ICON 027 US 2006 Sell This Version
PACIFIC 001 Colin Russell - The Way It Was album art Freestyle* Feat. Nadine* Freestyle* Feat. Nadine* - The Way It Was(12") Pacific (17) PACIFIC 001 UK Unknown Sell This Version

Technical

GFR004 Colin Russell - Forest Lake Grooves EP album art DJ Freestyle (2) DJ Freestyle (2) - Forest Lake Grooves EP(12", EP) Goodfamily Recordings GFR004 US 2005 Sell This Version
ICON 027 Colin Russell - Sumpin' 4 Da Klubz album art DJ Freestyle (2) DJ Freestyle (2) - Sumpin' 4 Da Klubz(12") Icon Recordings ICON 027 US 2006 Sell This Version
Colin Russell - FRE$HEEP EP album art FRE$HEEP FRE$HEEP - FRE$HEEP EP (EP) Bulletproof Crates Recordings Australia 2012 Sell This Version
BULLETPROOF-CD001 Colin Russell - Antidepressants album art FRE$HEEP FRE$HEEP - Antidepressants(CD, Album) Bulletproof Crates Recordings BULLETPROOF-CD001 Australia 2012 Sell This Version
MM02 Colin Russell - Give Me The Beat album art Chris Lum Chris Lum - Give Me The Beat(File, MP3, 320) Moulton Music (2) MM02 US 2012
Colin Russell - I Can't Get Enough - Part One: The Soul Mixes album art Daniel J (2) & DJ Jaz Featuring Dahrio Wonder (2) Daniel J (2) & DJ Jaz Featuring Dahrio Wonder (2) - I Can't Get Enough - Part One: The Soul Mixes Moulton Music (2) US 2013
MM10 Colin Russell - Reflexiones album art Ovidio* Ovidio* - Reflexiones(3xFile, MP3, 320) Moulton Music (2) MM10 US 2013
MM09 Colin Russell - Matters Of Sound album art Johnny Fiasco Johnny Fiasco - Matters Of Sound(2xFile, MP3, 320) Moulton Music (2), Dream In Audio MM09 US 2013
MM05 Colin Russell - The San Fran Disco EP album art David Harness David Harness - The San Fran Disco EP(2xFile, MP3) Moulton Music (2) MM05 US 2013
MM12 Colin Russell - Love Say album art Homero Espinosa Homero Espinosa - Love Say(3xFile, MP3, 320) Moulton Music (2), Dream In Audio MM12 US 2013