ALI B

Freq. Magazine





With an eclectic and varied music industry background spanning nearly two decades, Ali B has a broad sense of musical appreciation, coupled with an intuitive feel for the dance-floor which has seen him hold down DJ residencies at some of London’s most influential venues. After making his mark at The Blue Note Club, Shoreditch during the mid nineties, he went on to become the resident DJ for Fabric for over a decade, releasing one of the first albums in their Fabriclive mix CD series.

He has spent the last few years hosting Saturday nights at West London’s Paradise where his legendary 5 hour sets seamlessly take in everything from blues and funk to rock, soul, dub, disco and beyond, captured on his ever popular series of ‘Oh Shit!’ mix tapes and ‘Airpod’ podcasts. He has also extensively toured Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Asia, Africa and the US.

Ali B spent his teens working for the Acid Jazz record label followed by several years in Public Relations, with a client list that read like the who’s who of dance music and included the likes of Gilles Peterson, Norman Jay and Pete Tong.

He went on to host the weekly electronic music show on Europe’s biggest radio station, Capital FM, for five years followed by five years on Kiss FM alongside regular appearances on BBC 6 Music and Ministry Of Sound Radio. He has also made several appearances on British television for the likes of MTV, ITV and Channel 4 as both pundit and presenter as well as hosting the Dancestar Music Awards and compering at London’s 100,000 capacity Party In The Park.

When Ali B’s seminal Air Events started in the basement of The Blue Note during the mid nineties, they were instrumental in pioneering the worldwide breaks scene, and went on to run at venues across London, including 333, Mass, Electrowerkz, Rhythm Factory, Cargo and Matter as well as hosting arenas at festivals including Glastonbury, Global Gathering, Hi-Fi and Australia’s country-wide Future Music Festival.

Ali B’s Air Recordingsrecord label covers a wide range of leftfield sounds. Releases have included Finish electro breaks duo Mr Velcro Fastener, US stalwarts Tony Faline and DJ Love, the first ever release from the UK’s Will Saul (with Ursula Rucker), Jellybass, Janette Slack, Diverted, Lazersonic and Mr No Hands, alongside Ali B himself who’s track with The Jungle Brothers propelled Air Recordings into the major league. ‘Beats On A String’ was play-listed on BBC 6 in the UK and Australia’s national Triple J radio station.

Alongside remixes for the likes of Positiva, Multiply, Sony and Cheeky, Ali B has also released mix albums for Fabric, Y4K, Godskitchen and his own Air Recordings label. His latest productions include remixes for the likes of Fort Knox Five and collaborations with Nick Thayer on the mighty Bombstrikes label.

Ali B is widely regarded as the DJs DJ, as comfortable at the controls of clubs such as Fabric playing a heady mix of cutting edge bass and beats as he is digging for rare 7’s to play one of his exclusive party sets. Over the last few years he has been spending increasing amounts of time abroad, often basing himself for months at a time in places such as Canada, US, Africa and Australia always eager to soak up new sounds and new scenes.

He is regularly in demand at high profile events which in the past have included London’s Summer Olympics, Vancouver’s Winter Olympics, Abbey Road Studios with Mark Ronson, Mick Hucknall’s 50th birthday party and Gary Barlow’s wedding anniversary to name but a few. He is happiest travelling the world and seeking out intrepid party locations such as Afrikaburn in the Karoo desert, Burning Man in the US or Lake Of Stars in Malawi, catch him while you can…

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