In these fast moving times, where many acts come and go in the space of a few blog posts, it's becoming harder and harder to find artists and producers with true staying power. Anu is one of that rare breed; a multi instrumentalist, producer, composer and DJ with broad musical experience in an age of increasing micro specialisms.
Anu has been involved in music for picture for many years, soundtracking TV advertising spots in every musical style imaginable for some of the world’s largest brands including Apple, Nike, Nokia, Eurostar, Playstation, Mercedes, Verizon, Vodafone and X-Box amongst others. Anu also composed identity packages for Nuvo and Ovation TV in the USA and BBC Asian Network radio over a period of eight years, (which culminated in a nomination for the Sony Radio Awards). He applies a deep insight into the strategic and acoustic designing of brands and products with a natural understanding of how music and sound design can transform images and stories.
Anu started to release records as Freeform Five on the seminal labels Classic, Glasgow Underground and NRK. His version of Isolee's 'Beau Mot Plage' redefined the art of remixing, juxtaposing the micro synthesis of the original with intricate Afro & Latin polyrhythms, creating a bonafide house music classic.
He soon worked his way into the premier league of remixers, producing stunning reworks for artists as diverse as N*E*R*D, Brian Wilson, Xpress 2 & David Byrne, Jamie Lidell, Justin Timberlake, Felix da Housecat, and The Killers – as well as work for cutting edge labels like Warp and Cocoon. He’s spent a small fortune carbon offsetting his air miles with DJ & live appearances at Fabric / The End / Ministry of Sound (London), Space / Manumission / Ibiza Rocks (Ibiza), Cocoon (Frankfurt), Watergate / Cookies / Week End (Berlin), Razzmatazz (Barcelona), DEdge (Sao Paolo), Womb / Ageha / Unit (Tokyo), Rex / Social Club / Paris Paris (Paris), LAX (LA), and Lux (Lisbon) – plus tours of Scandinavia, Australia, America, and all the major festivals, including Glastonbury, T In The Park, Benicassim, Parklife and Pukkelpop.
Freeform Five’s debut album ‘Strangest Things’ was released on Atlantic records, followed by two pioneering DJ mix albums, ‘Bisous Bisous II’ & ‘Misch Masch’ and contributions to several of Kitsuné’s genre defining compilations. He also wrote and produced the vocal remix of “Muscle Cars” by Mylo, helping to turn it into a hit on his Platinum debut album. Following a relentless touring schedule, Anu decided to take a break from Freeform Five a few years ago to concentrate on writing & producing for other artists with his old friend Roy Kerr as Kid Gloves.
Their first gig was to write and produce some songs for Modular Record’s Ladyhawke including her breakthrough single ‘Paris Is Burning.’ This led to writing and production on Little Boots’ gold selling debut (masterminding her collaboration with ‘Sir’ Phillip Oakey from The Human League), the single ‘Game Over’ for VV Brown and production on the Belgian no.1 album 'Lokemo' by Arsenal. They produced 'Ghetto Baby' for Cheryl Cole, a song they co-wrote with Lana Del Rey that has had almost 7 million Youtube plays. They’ve even managed to cram in three singles of their own on DJ A Trak’s super hip Fool’s Gold imprint that topped the Beatport charts and remixes for Santigold, Snow Patrol and Phoenix (with A Trak himself.)
Anu also set up boundary pushing label Perspex Recordings with releases from Chicago DJ legend Derrick Carter, French rockers Poney Poney /Jamaica (produced by Xavier from Justice) and Swedish auteur ‘The Subliminal Kid’ (producer of Fever Ray & Matthew Dear). Coming full circle, Anu is starting to release music without boundaries as Freeform Five again on Belgium's Eskimo imprint. His remix of Deadmau5's "The Veldt" was nominated for an IDMA award. This was followed up by a collaboration with Gambian griot and master musician Juldeh Camara (a member of Robert Plant's Sensational Space Shifters band) "Weltareh".
Prins Thomas joined the the stellar list of super talented artists who've been invited to remix Freeform Five tracks (following on from Tiefschwarz, Radioslave, Alter Ego, Lindstrom, Mylo, M.A.N.D.Y, Switch, Ewan Pearson, Jackson & His Computer Band and Maurice Fulton to name a few.) This was followed by the collaboration "Leviathan" with Mercury Music Prize nominee Roisin Murphy which has garnered praise from all quarters and set the stage for continuing adventures...