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Fab Code



Belgium born Francis Fabian Van Messen became bewitched by music at the tender age of 6. He was attracted by the sounds of soul, funk and disco playing from his parents jukebox and rocked to the sounds of Tamla Motown, James Brown, Barry White, KC & The Sunshine Band and later Kraftwerk. All this steered him to a musical culture dominated by rhythm and groove.

In the early 80s he began his DJ career as DJ Fab and became resident in a trendy club in Brussels called Disco Steve. Residencies and bookings would follow one after another until 1988, playing in many local clubs, such as Le Veaudeville, Le Garage, Le Variete, La Pergola, Le Disque Rouge (Fuse), Las Vegas, and many others. The musical styles he spins with finesse and technique are funk, disco and new wave, the hype music for this era.

After hanging up his DJ gloves to explore new musical fields in music production, we see him reappear in 1989 with the release of his debut single Warbeat under the pseudonym Bassline Boys. The success was immediate following the mini scandal triggered by this title when it was broadcasted in Christophe Dechavanne’s ciel mon mardi (TF1 – French TV), with the musical response entitled On se calme (Mr. Dechavanne) turning into a massive hit in France, selling over 400,000 copies and awarded with a gold record. New Beat, Acid House, Techno and Hardcore releases will succeed during the following years under various monikers, such as Fax Yourself, BSR, Defcon, DSK, Hydrowave, Speed Limit, and more, plus a lot of his work being snapped up for use on many compilations.

In 1994 he decided to return to the turntables, and when he met Claude El Divino (City Parade) he joined the Underground Energy team, which allowed him to play in one of the most prestigious clubs in Belgium, the Extreme. After a series of bookings with Energy Underground he became a resident at Extreme. Other residencies and bookings followed, including La Raza, Planet Hardcore, Cocoon, Illusion, Zenith, Pavarotti and so on.

After a break from both the DJing and studio work during the early 2000s, he comes back in 2006 with a new challenge, creating and running his own DJ Bar, which will be called bar©ode. The project took flight and the parties became famous throughout Belgium and abroad with renowned DJs such as Pole Folder (Bedrock Records), Filterheadz (I Love Techno), CP (Pulse Factory) Ecco (KMB records), Rudy (Fuse), Xian (Cafe dAnvers), Milo (You), Dave Kane, Trap House, to name a few lined up behind the bar©odes decks.

Inspired by the name of his latest project bar©ode DJ Fab became Fab Code, and after the bar closed late 2007, he resumed the hunt for bookings. He joined the team of DJ Ecco called United Elektro and also played at Dance Machine and Acid Or Not parties until the end of 2009, then Fab decided to move and settle in the United Kingdom.

Freshly landed in Manchester, his new home, he went back to work and returned to the recording studio to relaunch his career as a producer and composer. He released his first tracks in 2010 on Belgian label Kiss My Beat Records (KMB).

Now Fab is exclusively signed to Bonzai Music and he has been extremely impressive with the quality of his productions and remixes. With releases remixes on Howz Choonz as M62, being the first artist on the brand new Mint & Mustard in 2010 and fine work on Bonzai Progressive as Fab Code we are always treated to a blend of quality progressive beats with tech and house influences.

Soulfood is the latest release from Fab on Bonzai Progressive and has gained great levels of support.

Fab Code’s works can be found online from all good stores.

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