Aly & Fila

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Aly & Fila
Origin Cairo, Egypt
Genres Trance, uplifting trance
Occupation(s) Producer, DJ
Instruments Synthesizer, drum machine, equalizer
Years active 2003–present
Labels Vandit, Armada Music, FSOE Recordings, Black Hole Recordings
Members Aly El Sayed Amr Fathalah (Aly)
Fadi Wassef Naguib (Fila)

Aly & Fila are an Egyptian trance music duo made up of Aly El Sayed Amr Fathalah (a.k.a. Aly) and Fadi Wassef Naguib (a.k.a. Fila). They host an Internet radio show called Future Sound of Egypt, and are the founders of the Armada label Future Sound of Egypt.[1] The duo has played events across the world including Ultra Music Festival,[2] Tomorrowland,[3] Global Gathering,[4] and Luminosity Beach Festival.[5] In 2011, their track "We Control The Sunlight", which featured the vocals of Jwaydan Moyine was chosen as "Tune of the Year" on Armin Van Buuren's show A State of Trance.[6]

While both continue to produce music together, only Fadi currently goes on tour since Aly suffered a severe ear injury while performing and was advised to avoid loud music or risk losing the hearing in that ear altogether.[7] Since then, Fadi has played events and festivals like Cream at Amnesia in Ibiza, Electric Daisy Carnival, Creamfields, Ministry of Sound in London, We Are One Festival, and Stereosonic.


Aly El Sayed Amr Fathalah (Aly) and Fadi Wassef Naguib (Fila), the Egyptian duo, were both born in 1981 and have known each other since kindergarten.[8] They began making music and DJing around the age of eighteen.[9] After falling in love with the music of Paul Van Dyk, The Thrillseekers and Chicane[10] they built their first small studio and started doing electronic music and DJing from 1999. Once they established themselves in Egypt, they decided to go international signing with the German record label Euphonic Records in 2002.[11] They were the first duo from Egypt who went international.[12] Their first release, "Eye of Horus," received huge airplay from the likes of Paul Van Dyk, Armin Van Buuren, DJ Tiësto and many others.[13] The track was licensed to Fundamental Recordings in the Netherlands and reached number 4 position in the Dutch Dance charts.

After finishing their contract with Euphonic Records, Fila met with Andy Prinz and they decided to launch their first sublabel of Offshore. Upcoming Egyptian releases would follow. Their first release through Offshore Music Switzerland / AP Pro Audio "Spirit of Ka" made it on numerous playlists.[14]

They have played alongside Armin Van Buuren in his A State of Trance radio show celebrations all over the world including locations like Den Bosch, Miami, Sydney, Buenos Aires, Utrecht,[15] and many others. The duo have opened a new record label by the year 2009, naming it like the radio show "Future Sound of Egypt" Recordings. The record label signed on various well-known DJs such as Sean Tyas, Bjorn Akesson and Neptune Project. They have also signed other upcoming Egyptian trance DJs such as Philippe el Sisi, Mohamed Ragab, and Brave and in late 2010 the label joined forces with the Armada roster.[16]

Fadi Wassef (Fila) in 2012

On their debut album, ‘Rising Sun’, the duo joined forces with talented vocalists and producers Tiff Lacey, Sue McLaren, Josie, Denise Rivera, Philippe El Sisi, Bjorn Akesson and many more. The characteristic sound of Aly & Fila is uplifting and euphoric trance, the main genre of their first album.

Aly & Fila celebrated the 200th episode of their hugely successful radio show Future Sound Of Egypt 200 by throwing an event in their native home of Egypt on December 2, 2011. Set to light up the chosen venue of Echo Temple in Sharm El Sheikh, the line-up included some of the hottest dance acts in the scene at the time, including John O’Callaghan, Roger Shah, Sied Van Riel and many others. Echo Temple is tailor-made for trance fans prepared to dance long into the night at the foot of the Sinai Mountains, and is widely regarded as one of the world's finest outdoor clubs because of its truly unique experience.[17]

Following the FSOE 200 celebrations, Aly & Fila released their second studio album entitled Quiet Storm. This album followed their debut artist album, Rising Sun which was released in 2010. Quiet Storm featured collaborations with Solarstone, Arctic Moon, John O'Callaghan, Giuseppe Ottaviani, and many more. From that point on, Aly & Fila have released another album, The Other Shore, which features collaborations with Ferry Tayle, Stoneface & Terminal, Roger Shah, Roxanne Emery, and others. The album was released on October 3, 2014. In 2015, the duo released an album called The Chill Out which consists of their more well-known tracks like "We Control the Sunlight" and "Mysteries Unfold" slowed down and more, well, chill and relaxing. Most recently, Aly & Fila announced their plans for their next milestone, celebrating 450 episodes on their radio show, Future Sound of Egypt. They have confirmed stops at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, California on July 3, 2016[18] and at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester, United Kingdom on October 1, 2016.

The Future Sound of Egypt internet radio show airs every Monday at 4PM US Eastern / 9PM UK / 22:00 Central European Time on Digitally Imported radio.[19]

Selected discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

DJ Mixes[edit]

  • 2008 TranceWorld Vol. 2
  • 2009 Talla 2XLC Invites Aly & Fila – Techno Club Vol. 30
  • 2010 Future Sound of Egypt Vol. 1
  • 2011 Summer Showcase
  • 2012 Future Sound of Egypt Vol. 2
  • 2014 Trance Nation 2014
  • 2015 Future Sound of Egypt Vol. 3
  • 2015 Future Sound of Egypt [400] Compilation
  • 2016 Future Sound of Egypt [450] Compilation


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  2. ^ Festival, Ultra Music. "ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL Enhances Live Broadcast Experiences With ULTRA LIVE & UMF RADIO". Retrieved 2016-06-10. 
  3. ^ "Even God Couldn't Stop the Rave at Tomorrowland 2015 | Thump". Thump. Retrieved 2016-06-10. 
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  5. ^ "Live Broadcast Luminosity Beach Festival 2012". AH.FM - World's #1 Trance Radio. Retrieved 2016-06-10. 
  6. ^ "Episode 591". A State of Trance. 
  7. ^ "INTERVIEW: Aly & Fila by Adele Desloges". 17 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Artist of the Week: Aly and Fila - Armada Music". Armada Music. 2008-02-21. Retrieved 2016-06-10. 
  9. ^ "Cairo's Electronica scene boom, boom, booms - Music - Arts & Culture - Ahram Online". Retrieved 2016-06-10. 
  10. ^ "Aly & Fila Talk Music & Creamfields | Studio 240 Blog | iHeartRaves". Studio 240 Blog | iHeartRaves. 2015-07-31. Retrieved 2016-06-10. 
  11. ^ "Something Wicked Artist Profile: Aly & Fila". Disco Donnie Presents. 2013-10-18. Retrieved 2016-06-10. 
  12. ^ "The Vinyl Word - Taipei Times". Retrieved 2016-06-10. 
  13. ^ "Egyptian trance duo Aly & Fila to headline concert at Pyramids". StepFeed - The homepage of the Middle East. 2015-08-31. Retrieved 2016-06-10. 
  14. ^ "ALY & FILA". The DJ List. 
  15. ^ "A State Of Trance 650 в Утрехте 15.02.2014". Retrieved 2016-06-10. 
  16. ^ "Aly & Fila Future Sound of Egypt". 
  17. ^ "Aly & Fila party for Future Sound Of Egypt 200". Archived from the original on 2012-04-19. 
  18. ^ "Dreamstate to Host Future Sound of Egypt 450 With Aly & Fila at the Hollywood Palladium". Retrieved 2016-06-10. 
  19. ^ "Future Sound Of Egypt with Aly and Fila". Digitally Imported. Retrieved 2016-06-10. 

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