DJ FREEDOM, a.k.a. Amanda Lachapelle, is a natural when it comes to pleasing a crowd as a top-billed DJ across Canada and the US. Whether it's performing at a massive rave or at one of her many club residencies in Toronto or Dallas her tough and soulful style of drum and bass keeps the crowds moving with seamless mixing and emotionally charged sets. She has toured the US, Canada and Europe extensively, for both MetroBreaks98 and MetroBreaks99, which features her track "PINEANGEL" (see review below). She has played such notable venues as the Viper Room (LA), Flex Club (Vienna), and with the Women on Wax crew(Detroit). She has released her first mix-cd compilation last year featuring all exclusive tracks from Germany, USA and Canada including her track "Chamber", on which she collaborated with members of Germany’s Basswerk label, The Green Man + Kingz. The CD, entitled METRO BREAKS - NXT LEVEL was mixed from vinyl and dubplates in Dallas Texas where she was working living at the time. Now safely and firmly planted in Toronto again, Freedom has hooked up again with DJ Chocolate to revive the CHICKS DIG IT Monday nights at Temple on Monday Nights. She can also be found spinning weekly on Thursdays at The Rivoli and monthly at Nasa. She recently appeared on U8TV for the second time, and has also performed on international tv station Muchmusic's 'Electric Circus' show. Check the latest reviews for NXT LEVEL here.
'Freedom's "Pine Angel" - is characteristic of the rare DJ who thinks in themes, building and breaking elements in sequence. Simple, yet beautiful vocal samples and complex drum and bass loops create an almost choral feel.' - Urbnet.com
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To The Next Level
DJ Amanda 'Freedom' Lachapelle hasn't cut
- Toronto Star by Ben Rayner
Expat Toronto drum 'n' bass DJ Amanda 'Freedom' Lachapelle might have vacated Canada for Big Steer Country to get some much-needed distance from the local scene, but she hasn't cut her ties completely.
Since moving to Dallas a year ago, in fact, Lachappele somehow found time amidst trying to establish a DJ-ing prescence in her adopted home and taking a startup role in two seperate businesses to curate the third installment in nice+smooth's Metro Breaks series of Toronto-centric drum 'n' bass compilations.
Metro Breaks: NXT Level maintains the tradition established by its predecessors of showcasing unheralded breakbeat explorations culled from the active, but enderexposed underground.
This time, though, the Metro BReaks net was cast a little wider, taking in contributions from electronic artists based in London, Cologneand not surprisingly, Dallas to compliment a solid T-dot sampling.
And, unlike the previous two discs, NXT LEVEL features all the tracks stitched together from dubplates on two turntables by Freedom herself. Getting all the contributions in hand was one thing, but "throwing them together in an organized manner" proved slightly more challenging than assemnbling a regular DJ set, says Lachapelle on the line from Dallas, since she - succeeding Kinder Atom's Gerald Belanger as Metro Breaks' overseer - was pulling from just a 15-track menu.
Drum 'n' bass flavours represented on NXT LEVEL range from loose, skittishly funky outings by Texan Milad Nazeri and Toronto's Classic Man to slightly spacier, densely percussive tracks by London's Amorphia and Lucien Palermo, to the more ominous, industrialized sounds of Dallas' HandOverFist and Clynt B and a thunderous trans-Atlantic collaboration between Freedom and Cologne's Green Man & Kingz.
Lachapelle also shifts gears towards the end of the disc, winding things down with a couple of chilled out downtempo gems by Toronto's LAL and Aureola. "I didn't ask for any paricular style - I just let the artists do what they're doing" she says. Depite all the headaches and the stylistic mismatches, Lachappelle has come up with a mix that flows remarkably well.
Tonight's METRO BREAKS NXT LEVEL CD-release party at NASA Dance Pub will feature a live performance by contributor Nemesis, featuring Demonbass, and a DJ set from Belanger. But it'll be at least the spring before Lachapelle considers a move back home. "I needed to get out of Toronto - to much politics, too much bullsh-," says Lachapelle, who co-founded a drum 'n' bass club and a clothing store after her move south.
Production work nevertheless holds more of an allure than DJ-ing these days for Freedom. Encouraging, since "The Chamber" - her formidable Metro Breaks track, is one of the disc's standouts.