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Tony Fuel makes house music, plain and simple. It’s timeless, sophisticated, and right at home in intimate lounges and large capacity nightclubs. His sets shuffle with the same energy he’s been chasing since gorging his ears on the sounds of Seattle’s legendary dance-music radio station, KNHC, as a kid. The music he makes himself bears all the hallmarks of a life lived in the groove.

With 4x4 beats coursing through his blood, Fuel moved to Las Vegas for DJ work after high school. There, clubs like Gipsy, Rumjungle, House of Blues, and Wet Bar taught him the crucial nature of a sustained vibe. He learned to keep locals and tourists grooving just outside their commercial comfort zone, scored some raucous drag shows, and made himself a club mainstay. He grew tired of playing cuts from the more commercial side of the spectrum and became increasingly aware of the lack of a local underground culture in Vegas. Tony returned to Seattle, started digging into the underground, and contributed to the scene with a series of house parties, which rocked underground house music of the time period -- the entire spectrum of house music from deep and soulful to tech, electro, and progressive.

All the while, he remained enamored of the unifying effect house music has on crowds. The genre’s core tenants of inclusivity, love, and unity inspired Fuel to begin making music that mirrored his sonic biography: house at its core, with authentic grooves.

Then life’s other priorities arrived, Tony’s decks went silent, and for several years he was more of a casual listener of house music.

Until now.

After finishing school and settling into family life, Tony realized music needed to play a bigger role in his life, so he immersing himself in the art of music production. He fell in love with the creative process of making tracks in the studio and interpreting his personal vision of house music. Now he’s sharing his creations.

Currently settled down with a family in Minnesota, Tony Fuel’s influence is beginning to echo through the bluffs and cornfields of his newfound home. With a desire to pay tribute to earlier vocal house music, his hunt for vocalists led him to collaborator LaSonya Fleming, a soulful singer who had never listened to house music before. Their collaborative single, “Open Up,” is evidence that, sometimes, it takes an outsider to breathe new life into a vital genre. While Fuel works overtime to spread syncopated house rhythms into spaces where classic rock and hair metal still reign supreme, chances are his sound will only grow more faithful to the bedrock from which it sprung.

--Bryan Lund, Truth and Culture

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