Dutch tech-house producer Ferreck Dawn had been working for eight years before he had his first big break-out hit in collaboration with the duo Redondo. Born Freek Coppens in 1985 in Veldhoven, North Brabant, he began clubbing at age 15, initially attracted by the harder techno styles then popular in the Netherlands. Three years later he bought his first set of decks and began DJ'ing. Initially playing at clubs in nearby Eindhoven, he graduated to larger parties and festivals before winning a residency at the popular DansSalon club. In 2006 he began producing his own tracks and sending demos to record labels.
A studious and hardworking individual who promised his parents he would graduate before devoting himself to music, he eventually earned two Master's degrees while working on music in his spare time. After graduation, he moved to Amsterdam, building a solid career path through jobs at record shops and labels, including ID&T -- where he managed the high-profile Sensation dance events -- and trance powerhouse Armada. He continued producing, and saw numerous tracks released on labels such as Toolroom, Nervous, and Material. In 2013, his collaboration with fellow Dutchmen Redondo yielded the single "Tattoo Girl," a hypnotic, minimalist, percussion-driven house track. However, it was their 2014 follow-up, the old-school-style "Love Too Deep," which gave them their first hit, charting in the U.K. and racking up over a million YouTube views in just six months. Its success encouraged him to set up his own label, Dusk, and go into music production full-time. A third single with Redondo, "Something Else," was released in January 2015. ~ John D. Buchanan