Mason and The Fraudster – Biography
Mason and The Fraudster (M.A.T.F) are house & dance DJs/Producers from London & Kent. The duo, Adrian ‘The Fraudster’ Handley & James Mason.
The story began back in 1996, when Adrian discovered underground beat music for the first time. Whilst the majority of people in the mid-nineties bought into the hysteria that was Britpop, Adrian established himself as a young DJ with his own musical agenda very much gathering pace. In the same year, he began broadcasting Jungle & Hardcore music from his own Pirate Radio station, set in the somewhat austere surroundings of a lift room in one of the Peckham Rye Tower blocks. Adrian’s enthusiasm for radio saw him run various other stations in and around London: From inside battleships in Crystal Palace to forests on the outskirts of the capital, he passionately pursued getting this music heard wherever he could.
By the turn of the century, ‘The Fraudster’s’ musical attention was turning towards the sounds of U.K Garage and it’s emergence within the mainstream. With the sounds of Garage, Electro, House & RnB adorning his playlists, Adrian set up (at the time) Kent’s only Pirate Radio station ‘Essence FM’, in 2000. Due to its nature, Essence was to broadcast on and off for a number of years; Raising Adrian’s profile and increasing his following in the process.
The station’s success spurred Adrian on to launching his very own club night & brand - ‘Get Frisky’. Get Frisky began in August 2006 at The Sugar Complex in Margate, Kent, providing the South East with some of the biggest urban acts.
Going from strength to strength at Sugar and continuing with a monthly residency well into 2007, Get Frisky then relocated to the, then, brand new multi-million pound DV8 nightclub on Margate’s Seafront to cope with their ever increasing attendance figures. Artists and acts who have appeared at ‘Get Frisky’ club-nights include: NDubz, Lethal Bizzle, Wiley & Trevor Nelson – a far cry from the days of broadcasting from the top of a tower block indeed!
Prior to joining forces with, in 2009 Adrian also presented a show for CSR FM based in Canterbury, his show ‘Bass Boutique’ aired for 6 months and featured multi-genre music each week.
2010 has seen The Fraudster turn his attention towards production and collaborating with his good friend James Mason, thus creating ‘Mason and the Fraudster’. James’s music career has been centred around his singing talents, and he has performed backed by various genre’s since the mid-nineties. Like Adrian, he is an electronic music producer and shares writing credits with M.A.T.F. The duo’s early productions include ‘Jaga Jaga’ & ‘The Fidget Skank’ – both of which have featured on BBC Kent’s ‘Introducing’ show. Their remixing abilities have also received praise; Over 55,000 views on YouTube had been accumulated for their remix of Cee Lo Green’s ‘F**k You’ in just two weeks