Aly & FilaNovember 5th, 2013
‘Shivers’, ‘hairs stand up on the back of your neck’, ‘hands in the air’, ‘reaching for the lasers’, ‘losing your mind’ and ‘rushing to the music’ are just some of the effects described by their fans when listening to Egyptian World Top 20 duo Aly & Fila in full flow on the dance floor.
The rise of Aly & Fila
Since their burst onto the international clubbing consciousness with their massive hit ‘Eye of Horus’ back in 2003, Aly & Fila have been a full-on inspiration to clubbers and DJ’s alike. Their euphoric, uplifting blend of sweeping trance has seen them rise to an A-list status alongside the likes of Armin Van Buuren, Paul Van Dyk, Ferry Corsten and many more. At the forefront of the next generation of dance music superstars, they’ve broken through the worldwide clubbing spectrum.
Early anthems such as ‘Eye of Horus’, ‘Spirit of Ka’ and ‘Thebes’, as well as heavyweight remixes to a number of high profile hits and artists have earned them worldwide critical acclaim from the press and fellow artists, giving Aly & Fila that little push they needed to get to the top. And it paid off. As 2008 headed to a close, the Egyptian duo continued their assault on the dance music scene, sweeping nominations and highly respectable positions in the biggest dance music polls worldwide. They were the 3rd highest new entry in the 2008 DJ Mag Awards as they reached the #31 position, up 80 places from 2007.
Taking the world, one party at a time
Two years later, Aly & Fila were nominated for ‘Best Break Through DJ’ at the International Music Awards at the Miami Winter Music Conference, alongside names such as Deadmau5 and Laidback Luke. In 2010, they rise to the Top 20 in DJ Mag’s Top 100 poll and represent their home country with Egypt being voted ‘Dance Nation of the Year’ at Ibiza’s DJ Awards. And the gigs just keep coming and coming.
Aly & Fila tour the entire globe, striking down at some of the world’s biggest festivals and clubs. Having played at the A State of Trance celebration events 7 years in a row, Aly & Fila are the only DJ’s besides Armin van Buuren and Markus Schulz to have done so. Widely renowned for their energetic live performances, they enhanced their all-round appeal to audiences around the globe. Having played at most major festivals, nightclubs and events the electronic music scene has to offer, Aly & Fila continue to take on the world, one party at a time.
Future Sound of Egypt
In 2009, Aly & Fila launched their very own ‘Future Sound of Egypt’ label, which doesn’t only feature their own productions, but also provides a home to up and coming producer talents. Tracks by the likes of Bjorn Akesson, Arctic Moon, Fady & Mina, Philippe El Sisi and many more, find their way into the hearts of trance lovers. The label joined the mighty Armada Music record label in 2010, voted the ‘Best Global Record Label’ for 5 years in a row. The first result of the new collaboration, is the release of the Aly & Fila debut album, ‘Rising Sun’.
In the summer of 2012, the duo celebrated the 250th episode of their Future Sound of Egypt radio show with an unforgettable show in Egypt’s Sharm El Sheik. The radio show continues to grow – earning the support of the global trance scene. Both the show and the FSOE brand itself are an inspiration to many, resulting in events all around the world – attracting trance lovers to its unique line-ups and locations.
The official ‘Future Sound of Egypt’ compilation series, born out of a shared thought and united passion, is the perfect album series for fans of the label. Representing a magical year in trance and progressive, it’s now heading for its third Volume in 2013.
‘Rising Sun’ is Aly & Fila’s result of their life-long passion for the trance genre and all its treasures. On the debut album, they joined forces with talented vocalists and producers such as Tiff Lacey, Sue McLaren, Josie, Denise Rivera, Philippe El Sisi, Bjorn Akesson and many more. Featuring big successes such as ‘Listening’, ‘Paradise’, ‘Still’ and ‘My Mind Is With You’, the characteristic sound of Aly & Fila, uplifting and euphoric trance, is represented in all tracks of the successful debut album.
In 2011, one of the biggest trance tracks of the year became ‘We Control The Sunlight’ ft. Jwaydan. Arguably the biggest Aly & Fila track to date, it was voted #1 in the A State of Trance Top 20 of 2011. In 2012, it was followed by the stunning ‘Coming Home’ and Roger Shah collaboration ‘Perfect Love’.
Next to stunning originals, Aly & Fila kept themselves busy remixing the likes of Armin van Buuren, Solarstone, Gareth Emery, Andy Moor, Roger Shah, Max Graham and many more.
The summer of 2013 brings the highly anticipated follow-up to ‘Rising Sun’. The second artist album of Aly & Fila will land in June 2013, carrying the name of ‘Quiet Storm’. Aly& Fila:”The album has been worked on patiently and we want it to create a big impact. It’s like a quiet storm brewing. In those years after ‘Rising Sun’, our music has progressed and improved, we never stopped learning.” The first single of the album and a pre-taste of what’s coming, is ‘Running Out Of Time’ featuring Chris Jones. A track that raises high expectations for ‘Quiet Storm’ to drop.
When you consider all they’ve accomplished in such a short amount of time, having rallied the support of some of the biggest names in dance music such as Armin Van Buuren, having played at some of the most prestigious events and venues across the world, taking in the #19 position in the DJ Mag Top 100 of 2012 and continue to release, track after track, remix after remix, there’s no telling where this duo will end up. So be sure to catch Aly & Fila live whenever you get a chance, or tune into their weekly ‘Future Sounds of Egypt’ radio show.