DJ Icey, (born Eddie Pappa), is an American DJ, electronic music producer, and remixer, credited by Allmusic as having helped to "jump-start the increasingly fertile dance scene in and around Orlando, FL, during the '90s".E, the Incredibly Strange Histo...
DJ Icey, (born Eddie Pappa), is an American DJ, electronic music producer, and remixer, credited by Allmusic as having helped to "jump-start the increasingly fertile dance scene in and around Orlando, FL, during the '90s".E, the Incredibly Strange History of Ecstasy credits him as "the prime founder of the Funky Breaks and the Florida Breaks. 1999's Rave America indicates that "the preoccupation with backbeats" characteristic of the Orlando sound was developed by DJ Icey.Rolling Stone writes that DJ Icey was "one of the original Florida DJs responsible for kick-starting the American progressive house and trance scene".
Icey was born in Florida. Originally named DJ Icee, he had to change his name because a local Orlando ice cream manufacturing company by the same name threatened to sue him. Known for marrying the diverse strands of Chicago Hip house and English break-beat house, he rose to prominence DJing for the now defunct Orlando club The Edge, a position he held from 1991 to 1996. In 1993, he created his own label, Zone, named in honor of the UK labels O-Zone and D-Zone. In 2000, CMJ New Music Monthly described him as "an expert in funky, sped-up hip-hop", and by 2001, Billboard was listing him along with Crystal Method, DJ Micro and Überzone as "perennial figures in the burgeoning funky breaks underground scene."
DJ Icey released his own music under his name and City Wide Allstars, and also remixed music for Groove Armada, Paul Oakenfold and Kosheen.
DJ Icey has had several albums chart for Billboard, with six charting singles. The Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales charts have included "City of Groove" (1998, #44), "Not a Test" (1998, #43), and "Dreams" (2003, #16). "This Is How My Drummer Drums" charted on the Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart (1998, #32), while the Hot Dance Singles Sales chart has included "A Little Louder" (2003, #16) and "And Go!" (2004, #16).
Break to the Dance (1996),
The Funky Breaks (1997),
Continuous Play (1999),
Essential Mix (2000),
Essential Elements-Dj Icey The Breaks Element (2001),
Different Day (2003) (#8 on the Top Electronic Albums chart, #41 Top Independent Albums),
For the Love of the Beat (2004) (#15 Top Electronic Albums chart),