Federico Augusto Ágreda Álvarez, best known as Zardonic, is a Venezuelan keyboardist, DJ, composer, producer and remixer primarily known for his heavy electronic dance music, dubbed as Venezuela's top DJ act and one of the Top 10 best DJ masks in the world, with releases peaking at #1 in Beatport's Drum & Bass releases of the week and Amazon's Hard Rock & Metal Bestsellers.
Since 2004, his tour history includes headlining events in 31 countries including his native Venezuela as well as Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, United States, Portugal, Spain, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Netherlands, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Estonia, Russia and Japan.
Some of his known tracks include "Bring Back The Glory", his remix of Semargl's "Credo Revolution" and his remix of The Unguided's "Phoenix Down".
Early career (2004-2005):
Federico's first tracks as Zardonic were composed in 2004 and 2005, respectively in the albums Subsonic Stigmata and Red Phasing, made available through VeNet Music Development, a netlabel which released most of his early works. His remix of Impaled's track Gutless was also freely released this year on the band's website.
First international events and worldwide releases (2006-2008):
In 2006 Zardonic's first tracks were released through Death Brigade Records in 12" vinyl format, becoming the first Venezuelan drum and bass producer to release a single in an international imprint. Later this year, he also founded Zardonic Recordings, an independent drum and bass netlabel. His remix of Avulsed's track Stabwound Orgasm was included on their compilation album entitled Reanimations and a remix of Gorgoroth's track Procreating Satan was freely released through the band's website.
In 2007 he was booked for his first international event in Mexico on the 19th of May. Months later AK1200, pioneer of the American Drum & Bass scene, selected Zardonic's Moonlight Ceremony for his Weapons of Tomorrow mixed compilation CD. Soon after, his tunes earned the support of international performers such as Dieselboy, Pendulum and John B.
In 2008, his remix of The Berzerker's Caught In The Crossfire was featured on the Digipak edition of the band's album The Reawakening. In December, he was featured in the Venezuela Electrónica Vol. 3 compilation, sponsored by Venezuelan wireless telecommunications company Digitel GSM and Motorola, by selling the new MOTOROKR EM30 mobile phone model together with a microSD card including all the tracks.
Policia, Human Imprint, European Tour (2009-2011):
2009 marked the release of his track Policia, featuring James Messinian on vocals, through American label Cymbalism Recordings, becoming his first worldwide dancefloor hit, played by globetrotters like Andy C and DJ Hype. Soon after, Big Riddim Recordings released Zardonic's remix of AK1200's classic Junior's Tune,. In a Dieselboy interview for Broken Beats on May 8, Zardonic was named as one of the five outstanding artists in Drum & Bass at the time.
In 2010, Zardonic toured Europe compiling a total of 12 gigs in Spain, Austria, Romania and Bulgaria. Shortly after, his studio mix Retaliation was released on drum and bass web site Dogsonacid.com paired with an in-depth interview. The first Human Imprint release also happened this year, entitled South Of Human EP. Later on, he headlined two Therapy Sessions events in Ecuador and Argentina, as well as more gigs in Colombia and Venezuela.
In 2011, his track "Scream!" was picked as part of the Trackitdown.Net One For The Weekend - 15th July 2011 - 50 Of The Biggest Recommendations For Your Mix bundle, together with tracks from artists like Paul Oakenfold, Lazy Rich, Darth & Vader, Teebee, Scott Brown, and many more. The social networking website VampireFreaks.com released a free compilation with a total of 36 rare tracks by various artists including KMFDM, Suicide Commando and Left Spine Down, as well as Zardonic's mix of the track "Ready Or Not" by the latter.
Vulgar Display Of Bass, Revolution and stage show costume (2012):
In 2012, Zardonic announced the release of a Full Length collaboration album entitled Vulgar Display Of Bass on March 26 through Big Riddim Recordings, paired with a European tour for April and May. Highly acclaimed upon release, the album reached #1 on the Top Drum & Bass releases on leading online music store Beatport. An official video for the opening track Revolution was produced and made public through video hosting network YouTube on April 10. The video consisted of a collage of crowd-based footage showing their country flags, with a total of 46 countries participating.
The artist also revealed a new set of pictures wearing a mask based on the Zardonic logo, as a part of his stage show to be seen on Dimmu Borgir's concert in Caracas as the opening act for the band. Four of his new tracks were included again on Dieselboy's new mixtape for the year entitled Wake The Dead and a new collaboration track with UK dubstep duo Bare Noize was included on a compilation album to be released in March 13 by OWSLA, a label helmed by the 3-time grammy winner Skrillex.
Later in the year, Zardonic celebrated his Latin American Tour 2012 with 26 stops in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Brasil, Argentina, Chile, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico, as well as headlining the Halloween Revolution event held in Tokyo, Japan.
Far Beyond Bass - The Vulgar Remixes (2013):
A remix album to the original Vulgar Display Of Bass was released in June 17, including a total of 12 reworks by Eye-D, Counterstrike, ANiMAL-MUSiC, Raptus, Neonlight, Black Sun Empire, State Of Mind, Angel, Gancher & Ruin, C-Netik & Fragz, Hectic Mau, Delta 9, Fiend and Hecq. New shows were celebrated in Belgium, Austria, Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador; followed by the announcement of the Europa Beyond Bass Tour 2013 with 18 stops in Portugal, France, Austria, Czech Republic, Italy and Russia.
10th Anniversary, For Justice (2014):
Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, an exclusive mix was released via YourEDM.com paired with an in-depth interview.
In March 25 his electro remix of the Main Theme of the XBOX / PS4 game Strike Suit Zero, featuring Japanese Pop Star KOKIA, was released as part of a compilation of remixes of tracks from the game as originally produced by award-winning sound designer and composer Paul Ruskay.
In May 13, Zardonic is endorsed by Image-Line and joins the FL Studio power user family.
Later on, an exclusive record deal was signed with eOne Music for the new single "For Justice", released in December. The single was reviewed as "a single that not only blends the best of both worlds, but does it in a highly polished and flawlessly produced way" by Intravenous Magazine and "a track that deserves the repeat button for a never-ending roller coaster night ride" by 24OurMusic. "For Justice" premiered on National U.S. radio on Amber Lynn's Talk Show Rock N Sexxxy Uncensored during a feature show together with Ron Jeremy.
Origins and evolution of the Zardonic mask:
According to many interviews, the mask is based off the Zardonic logo which is based off Agreda's face. Several times, he has declared the mask began as a marketing strategy and later became "something different" or "something else", referring to the personal impact the mask has had in his life. In another interview, he stated the mask became "an extremely powerful channel to spread any kind of message", and that it was created in Yaritagua, Venezuela.
2013: When All The Seraphim Cry" (with The Unguided) Single,
2013: Far Beyond Bass - The Vulgar Remixes Album,
2012: Bad Medicine (with NumberNin6) EP,
2012: Vulgar Display Of Bass Album,
2012: Without You (with Krusha) Single,
2012: Subliminal (with Hedj) / Paranoia (Remix) Single,
2011: The End Of Days EP,
2011: El Sistema EP,
2011: Biohazard (with Davip) / Scream! (with Gancher and Jae Kennedy),
2011: Reptile (with Dextems) / The Last Invocation (with Susiah),
2011: When Worlds Collide (with Counterstrike),
2011: The Brink Of Apocalypso Studio Mix,
2010: South Of Human EP,
2010: Lovecraft Machine EP,
2010: Retaliation Studio Mix,
2010: My Prey (with Syze) / Frozen Pathways VIP Single,
2010: Dreams (with Syze) / Dead Miracles Single,
2010: F***ing Up The Program (with Brainpain) Single,
2009: The Sound Of Inevitability Studio Mix,
2009: Subliminal (with Hedj) Single,
2009: The Law Single,
2009: Stop The Suffering (with Alcrani) / Alerte Rouge (with Peter Kurten) EP,
2009: Policia (with James Messinian) / Fresh Meat Single,
2009: Those Who Know The Truth EP,
2009: Zeichen (with Mocks) Single,
2008: Subcultonegro Studio Mix,
2008: Halfbeaten / Nightcrawler EP,
2008: Relentless Beating Single,
2008: Zen (with Claw) Single,
2008: Chaotic Serenity EP,
2008: Bloodforged EP,
2008: Shrapnel Of Fear Single,
2008: Ashtray Single,
2008: Neurotica (with Identity) / Natural Born Killers (with Malsum) EP,
2008: Acid Industries / Reliquia / Braindrainer EP,
2008: Solaris Single,
2007: House Of Sorrow / Moonlight Ceremony EP,
2007: Seizure Of Iniquity Single,
2006: Her Lust For Blood / Scourge EP,
2006: Inherit Single,
as Sol Nocturno:
2010: Caos Cósmico Full Length,
as Triangular Ascension:
2012: The Chronos Anomaly Full Length,
2011: Leviathan Device Full Length,
2011: Sexta Repvblica EP,
2010: Nibirusalem EP,
2009: Microcosmogenesis EP,
2008: Portals Full Length,
as Intimus Universum:
2008: White Landscapes Of Darkness Full Length,
2004: Astral Chambers Pt. 2: Beyond The Astral Abyss Full Length,
2003: Soulnatomy Full Length,
2002: Astral Chambers Full Length,
2004: Thanatologica Full Length,
2004: Perpetual Horizons Full Length,
2003: War Against Humanity: The Armageddon Chronicles Full Length,
2002: Beneath Eternal Oceans Of Melancholy Demo
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