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Crystal Fake is Fredrik Östling from Uppsala, Sweden and has been releasing music since 1996 in different constellations, with styles ranging from hard pumping techno, to trance, drum‘n’bass and experimental electronica.
In 2004 Fredrik released, under his electronica alter ego, Dribs, “The open log book EP” and the album “Doing well without the drabs” on Amsterdam label Ann Aimee (sister label of Delsin). The release party (incl. a live gig) was held at the Amsterdam Dance Event. After finishing the album Fredrik decided it was time once again to hit the dancefloor, the place where it all started. At that point Fredrik lived in Rome, Italy and the project called Crystal Fake was born in the Testaccio area, where most of the eternal city’s clubs are located. Every night from the studio window watching masses of people on the way to the clubs, looking for a good time, the Crystal Fake project seemed like an obvious thing to start.
As Crystal Fake, Fredrik has released music on vinyl on the legendary Force Tracks and Martinez' label Out of Orbit to name but a few and lately several digital labels. In early 2007 he made a bootleg remix of Nelly Furtado’s “All Good Things” which created such a buzz it was later released on vinyl and the remix requests of vocal tunes started dropping in. He also keeps a steady stream of other bootleg remixes.
After moving back to Uppsala, in 2008 Fredrik started running a monthly club called Klubb Rotor (in which he’s a resident DJ) together with long time friend Unai and other Uppsalians. So far the guests include Marco Passarani, Raiders of the Lost ARP, The Rice Twins (Kompakt), Håkan Lidbo, Andreas Tilliander, Vibrasphere & Calle Dernulf (from Swedish national radio “P3 Dans”).
Crystal Fake has since starting Klubb Rotor focused on DJing but is occasionally doing live gigs. As a DJ he plays stuff ranging from dubby techno & minimal to techy house & big floor anthems.