__techno dj and producer since 1991__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. 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.
Selected discography Freddy K
Rage Of Age (CD) ACV - 1995
Singles & EPs:
Control EP (12", EP) ACV - 1994
Soundz EP (12",EP) ACV - 1995
Rage Of Age (2x12") ACV - 1995
V EP (12",EP) ACV - 1997
Freddy K / Claudio De Tommasi - Magnetron EP (12", EP, Ltd) Elettronica Romana LTD - 2007
Freddy K / Ken Karter - K's Game EP (10", EP, Ltd) KEY VINYL LTD 001 - 2012
Freddy K - Devo Andare 2017 incl. Original Mix 1997 + PVS rework (12", EP, Ltd) KEY VINYL LTD 002 - 2017
Robert Armani - Big Dick - 12"/single CD(Remix By Freddy K) ACV -1994
Robert Armani - Score Board - 12"/single CD ( Freddy K & Riccardo Rocchi Remix) incl. Adam X Remix/Dave Clarke Remix/Delirium Remix) - 12"/single - ACV -1994
Zzz on "Various - Shout -The Future Tribe" (CD/2x12"/mixed CD) ACV - 1994
Winter Days on "Various-Alternative Current" (2x12") ACV - 1994
Night Dogs on "Various-Alternative Current" (2x12") ACV - 1994
Happiness on "Various - The Sound Of Rome" (2xCD) - ACV -1995
Oseiz on "Various - Club 06 Compilation" (2x12") Unknown Label -1996
Sorry To Your Mind on "Various - Simply Techno EP" (12") Virus Recordings Rome - 1999
Good Reaction on "Various - Alternative Current Vol. 1" (CD, Comp, Mixed + CD, Comp) ACV - 1994
Walking Street on "Various - Hard House Vol 1" (2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Fairway Records - 1995
Magnetron on "Various - Diabolika Volume 2" (2xCD, Comp, Mixed) TIME - 2007
Dj Mixes by Freddy K:
Il Suono Di Roma(CD, Comp, Mixed) ACV - 1994
Virus (CD, Comp, Mixed) ACV - 1995
Virus Vol. 2 (CD, Comp, Mixed) Hot Trax - 1995