Dubfire

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Ali "Dubfire" Shirazinia
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Background information
Birth name Ali Shirazinia
Also known as Dubfire
Born (1971-04-19) April 19, 1971 (age 45)
Origin IranMashad, Iran
Genres Techno
Tech house
Minimal
Years active 1991 – present
Labels Sci+Tec Digital Audio
Deep Dish Records
Associated acts Deep Dish, Sharam
Website www.dubfire.com

Ali Shirazinia (Persian: علی شیرازی‌نیا‎‎), commonly known by his stage name Dubfire,[1] is an Iranian American house and techno DJ and producer.[2] Prior to his solo career, Dubfire made up half of the four times nominated and Grammy Award-winning duo, Deep Dish.[3][4][5][6] Dubfire's style is noticeably different from that of Deep Dish, consisting of techno[7] rather than progressive house.

Biography[edit]

Growing up in the Washington, DC area, Dubfire spent much of his youth playing the guitar in school bands and listening to heavy doses of classic hip hop, jazz/rare groove, dub, new wave and industrial and was also influenced by the local punk scene and the music of Washington DC-based bands including Fugazi and Minor Threat.[8] He frequented a local record store called Yesterday And Today Records,[9] where he became acquainted with the sounds of artists like Kraftwerk,[10] Ministry,[11] Jesus & Mary Chain, Depeche Mode,[10] Nitzer Ebb,[12] Adrian Sherwood of On-U Sound[13] and Einstürzende Neubauten.[11]

In 1991, Shirazinia and fellow DC resident Sharam Tayebi formed Deep Dish, a DJ and production duo that became notable for their productions and DJ sets.[14][15] Deep Dish released acclaimed dance classics beginning with the 1995 remix of De'Lacy's "Hideaway",[16] and went on to work with an eclectic array of names in pop, rock and electronica. Sharam and Dubfire established Deep Dish Records,[17] and they went on to win a Grammy in 2002 for their remix of Dido's "Thank You[4]" along with many other high-profile awards. Following their successes as Deep Dish, both Sharam and Dubfire began to produce and DJ individually claiming "[they] got bored doing the same thing. [They've] always been separate producers and separate DJs who have just collaborated together for all these years.[18]"

Shirazinia used his long-time stage name "Dubfire" for his solo productions. His solo sound differs noticeably from that of Deep Dish, consisting of minimal, techno and house[19] rather than the predominantly progressive house sound of Deep Dish. His production I Feel Speed,[20] which is a cover of an obscure Love & Rockets song, features his own vocals.[21] Dubfire also sings in In Love With a Friend on Deep Dish's debut album.[22] I Feel Speed has appeared in the advertisement of the Volkswagen Eos.[23]

In 2007, Dubfire announced the launch of his new record label, Science + Technology Digital Audio, also known simply as SCI + TEC.[24] He set the label up as an outlet to release his new music and began quietly unleashing a string of remarkable tracks. In 2007, he released electro-tech track "Roadkill,[25]" while the stripped-back 'RibCage' became the first ever release on Loco Dice's Desolat label.[26]

Dubfire followed up with an onslaught of dancefloor-igniting releases, landing on some of electronic music's leading labels.[27][28][29][30] Richie Hawtin, who signed Dubfire's "Emissions" to his highly respected Minus label,[31] also released Dubfire's rework of 'Spastik' (the classic track that Hawtin produced in 1993 under his Plastikman alias) as an official re-work.[32] Soon thereafter, Sven Vath's Cocoon Records took notice and released some of Dubfire's music as well.[33]

He continued to release more productions. He had two top 10 tracks in Resident Advisor's 100 Most Charted Records of 2007,[34] International DJ Magazine's Player of the Year in 2008[citation needed], nominations for Beatport's "Best Minimal Artist[35]" and "Best Techno Artist[36]" in 2008 and 2009, covers on countless music magazines,[37][38][39] mixes for Mixmag, BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix[40] and DJ Magazine.

In 2008, Dubfire produced a remix of Radio Slave's "Grindhouse" featuring Danton Eeprom.[41] It crossed nearly every genre and was the apex of a unique sound that DJ Magazine called "jet-black, polished chrome techno".[42] Magazines like Grooves and Raveline named it the Best Remix of the Year[citation needed].

Dubfire's recent work has seen him co-produce tracks with celebrated British electronic music act Underworld,[43] release a two-disc compilation with Loco Dice for Cocoon,[27] additional remixes of Plastikman material, and a collaborative project with respected producer Oliver Huntemann.[44] Throughout his remarkable journey, Dubfire's SCI+TEC label has continued to grow and is now home to a roster of globally-based artists.[45]

Discography[edit]

Singles/EPs[edit]

Compilations[edit]

Remixes[edit]

  • 1993 Angela Marni - Slippin' & Slidin'
  • 1994 Watergate - Lonely Winter
  • 2006 Nitzer Ebb - Control I'm Here
  • 2006 Robbie Rivera - Float Away
  • 2007 Axwell Feat. Max'C - I Found U
  • 2007 Meat Katie & D. Ramirez - Stop The Revolution - #99 Resident Advisor Top 100 all-time charted tracks
  • 2007 DJ Yellow - No More Enemy
  • 2007 Plastikman - Spastik - #26 Resident Advisor Top 100 all-time charted tracks
  • 2007 Nic Fanciulli - Lucky Heather
  • 2007 Christian Smith & John Selway - Transit Time
  • 2008 System 7 - Spacebird - #7 Resident Advisor Top 100 all-time charted tracks
  • 2008 UNKLE - Hold My Hand
  • 2008 Radioslave - Grindhouse
  • 2008 Booka Shade - Charlotte
  • 2008 Gregor Tresher - A Thousand Nights
  • 2008 Minilogue - Jamaica
  • 2008 Paul Ritch - Split the Line
  • 2011 Paperclip People - 4 My Peepz
  • 2011 Davide Squillace, Guti - That Ginger Ponytail
  • 2015 Plastikman - Exposed
  • 2015 Hot Since 82 & Habischmann - Leave Me
  • 2016 Joseph Capriati - Fratello

Awards and Nominations[edit]

  • Won for Best Minimal Artist - Beatport Music Awards[46]
  • Won for Best Techno Artist - Beatport Music Awards[35]
  • Nominated for Best Single of 2007 - Emissions - Beatport Music Awards

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Staff, Dummy. "The 10 best techno tracks over 10 minutes long, according to Dubfire". www.dummymag.com. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  3. ^ "Dubfire reveals his favourite places for a deep dish in Ibiza". 2016-06-18. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  4. ^ a b "Past Winners Search". The GRAMMYs. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  5. ^ "The Complete List of Grammy Nominations". The New York Times. 2005-12-08. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  6. ^ "2001 GRAMMY AWARD Nominees | Mixonline". www.mixonline.com. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  7. ^ "Dubfire:Live Hybrid | The Bullitt Agency". thebullittagency.com. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  8. ^ Jodacame. "Dubfire | Genius Hip Hop - The Internet's Home for Conscious Rap | Positive Streaming Music-Video & Hip Hop Radio Station". geniushiphop.com. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  9. ^ "BT'S OPUS OF DISCOVERY". DJMag.com. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
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  11. ^ a b Castillo, Arielle (2010-04-22). "Dubfire". Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  12. ^ Smith, Lisa. "Deep Dish Dubfire". NUVO. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
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  14. ^ "Sound & Vision: Dubfire Details Revolutionary Live:HYBRID Concept". 2015-05-01. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  15. ^ "Dubfire: Techno/House Impression | Together". 2012-03-02. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  16. ^ "De'Lacy - Hideaway". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  17. ^ "Deep Dish Records". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
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  19. ^ "Dubfire - Attack Magazine". 2013-09-30. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  20. ^ "Dubfire - I Feel Speed". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  21. ^ "Review: Dubfire - I Feel Speed". Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  22. ^ "Deep Dish - George Is On". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  23. ^ Dubfire (2009-06-04), VW Eos Ad Using 'I Feel Speed', retrieved 2016-06-27 
  24. ^ "Deep Dish member announces launch new label - news at". Side-line.com. 1999-02-22. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  25. ^ "Dubfire - Roadkill". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  26. ^ "RibCage - Desolat". desolatmusicgroup.de. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
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  28. ^ "Richie Hawtin - Enter.Ibiza 2015". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  29. ^ "Fratello (Dubfire Remix) by Joseph Capriati, Dubfire on Beatport". www.beatport.com. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  30. ^ "EXposed (Dubfire Remix) by Plastikman, Dubfire on Beatport". www.beatport.com. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  31. ^ "Plastikman, Heartthrob, Dubfire, Gaiser, Marc Houle, Troy Pierce, JPLS, Tractile, Ambivalent New Releases: Expansion / Contraction on Beatport". www.beatport.com. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  32. ^ "Dubfire, Guido Schneider, Plastikman New Releases: Nostalgik.3 on Beatport". www.beatport.com. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  33. ^ "Dubfire | cocoon.net". www.cocoon.net. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
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  38. ^ "Dubfire Official website". www.dubfire.com. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  39. ^ "A Quick fire with Dubfire!". 2013-04-15. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  40. ^ "Dubfire, BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix - BBC Radio 1". BBC. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  41. ^ "Radio Slave Featuring Danton Eeprom - Grindhouse (Remixes)". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  42. ^ "Dubfire - Desolat". desolatmusicgroup.de. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  43. ^ "Underworld are ‘Barking’ on new album". Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  44. ^ "Dubfire & Oliver Huntemann". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  45. ^ "SCI TEC Digital Audio". www.traxsource.com. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  46. ^ "Beatport Music Awards nominees – Beatport News". Beatportal.com. 2008-03-05. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 

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