REAL NAME: Joao Fragoso
LABELS: Red Light Records
Heralding from the Portuguese city of Porto, Fragz has been a leading force across its cherished music scene, one that continues to thrive throughout the clubs stationed there. Creating the coined term ‘Portostep’, alongside his crew they invented a subgenre which pulled crowds of hundreds to the coastal city. Since then, he’s become a member of Portugal’s biggest electronic label ‘Yellow Stripe’, defining the countries electronic landscape and becoming a renowned figure within the international community.
Blending the toughened sounds which characterise ‘Portostep’ with its more melodic feeling, Fragz has continued to release music on a range of labels, pushing his rolling bass notes through speakers across the spectrum. Whether it’s PRSPCT, Position Chrome or Future Sickness, there’s been a wide array of A&R support from the scene’s biggest hitters. And now with the inclusion of Red Light on that list, his scope has only widened, creating yet more momentum for his ornamented career.
Alongside slots at Europe’s biggest festivals, from England to the Czech Republic, his sets at Let it Roll, Decibel Festival and Hardshock have been lined with fresh cuts for years.