Tributes have poured in for DJ/producer Fredrik Lager, aka Freddie Cruger, aka Red Astaire, who passed away over the weekend following a heart attack.
News of the Swedish producer’s sudden death has shaken everyone who knew him personally or heard his music. A kind, passionate and wonderful friend who helped us define the sound of Soul from Scandinavia through conversation and releases.
His many black gold 12″ vinyls, including the underground hit record ‘Follow Me‘ (remix of D’Angelo’s Left And Right), reached DJ bags all around the globe. His album Soul Search (Raw Fusion, Tru Thoughts, Ubiquity 2006), featuring artists such as Anthony David (US), ADL (SWE), and Desmond Foster (SWE), has also been found by music lovers all over.
Forever switching between his Freddie Cruger and Red Astaire alter egos, a barrage of top-quality 12s have made both names a permanent fixture in DJ boxes across the globe. From his Stockholm studio, he produced classics such as Coco Rouzier – Rescue Me, Linn & Freddie – Beautiful, Beneath His Wing, and so many, many more!
His love for music, especially vinyl LPs, was endless, and his Instagram followers could follow his often weekly trips to record stores and flea markets around Sweden.
Taken away from us way too soon Fredrik Lager leaves behind two young boys.
On behalf of everyone at Scandinaviansoul.com RIP Freddie.
You and your music will live on forever.