Aly & Fila
As hot as the Sahara and standing every bit as tall as pyramids, they’re the single most successful group to have emerged from the spiritual lands of Egypt. From the Med to the Red and from up high in Cairo, to down deep in the Sinai, they’ve built an immense, ultra-loyal in-country following, From that foothold turntable Shamans, Aly Amr Fathalah and Fadi Wassef Naguib went global.
With their career-launching Egyptrance releases (inc. ‘Eye of Horus’ and ‘Spirit of Ka’) through to latter-day master-blasters like ‘We Control The Sunlight’, their production credentials are only now matched by their spinning ones. Ranked as one of the 20 biggest DJ acts in EDM (source: DJ Magazine Top 100 DJs 2012), they delight crowds now numbered annually in the millions, bringing their inimitable sound to the world’s most prestigious clubs and festivals. No mirage, no illusion – this is Aly & Fila.
Comparably they’ve also ruled at EDM’s biggest festivals – EDC – Las Vegas, Tomorrowland, Global Gathering, Dance Valley, Stereosonic, WMC and Full On Ferry to name just a few. Marking the 7th successive year they’d done so, the Egyptian duo are the only spinners aside from Armin Van Buuren and Markus Schulz to have played such a run. This combined force of production and turntable feats has resulted in string of high charting positions in several of EDMs’ key polls. Included amongst them are six consecutive years in DJ Mag’s annual countdown (reaching #19 in 2012) and a #4 notch on TranceAddict’s Top 250 in the same year.
With ‘We Control the Sunlight’, the pair scored the biggest trance track of the year when the listeners of Armin Van Buuren’s A State of Trance radio show voted it Tune of 2011. Throughout 2012 they continued to bring some of the year’s best music to club & festival sound-systems.
Egyptian trance titans Aly & Fila released their second artist album this year, ‘Quiet Storm’. “We’re really happy with the feedback it has received,” they tell DJ Mag. 2013 also saw their radio show, Future Sound of Egypt, reach its 300th broadcast in August, and to celebrate this landmark they hosted five big FSOE 300 events worldwide. These took place in Sharm El Sheikh (Egypt), Mexico City, Amsterdam, Buenos Aires and Prague and included live broadcasts of each event from the FSOE 300 Broadcast Centre. 2014 will see them celebrate FSOE 350 with more events.
The last 12 months has also seen them release several singles including Aly & Fila vs John O’Callaghan ‘Vapourize’, Aly & Fila feat Chris Jones ‘Running Out of Time’, Aly & Fila feat Sue McLaren ‘Mysteries Unfold’ and Aly & Fila vs Fady & Mina ‘The Journey (FSOE 300 Anthem)’. They kept their hands in remixing, too, released tracks on their Future Sound Of Egypt label every fortnight, and DJed in many countries.
“We have been very fortunate to meet so many amazing people, fans and clubbers and also to have visited so many amazing places,” they say.