Interview with Aly & Fila - My Ibiza

Interview with Aly & Fila

We recently caught up with Egyptian-born Trance double act, Aly & Fila, and discussed their recent performance at last weekend’s Tomorrowland, their booking for Cream at Amnesia Ibiza this week and their nomination in the Trance music category for this year’s 19th annual edition of the DJ Awards.

First of all guys, let’s rewind the tape back to February of this year. You took over BBC Radio 1 with your very own ‘Essential Mix’. How did you prepare for this particular mix and what influences did you draw upon when deciding on what direction you wanted to take your listeners on?

It has always been one of our dreams to host an Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1. To be able to do this meant so much to us and we thank everyone who helped make it happen. We prepared by gathering as many exclusives from friends and colleagues alike in the industry. We decided to do what we do. BBC Radio 1 asked for an Aly & Fila Essential Mix so we feel we were able to deliver what we are known for.

Of course, you both originate from Cairo in Egypt. In terms of nightlife, what does Cairo have to offer to the electronic music scene? Are there any up and coming Egyptian acts we should be aware of over the next couple of years?

Electronic Music has always been very popular in Egypt, House music and Deep House now is very big but Trance has certainly grown a lot in the last few years. We have tried to create more Trance awareness throughout the years through our Future Sound of Egypt Events which last year saw our Future Sound of Egypt 400 Celebration at the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. We also have our weekly radio show on Nile FM in Cairo called ‘Future Sound of Egypt’ and also a record label by same name with various Egyptian artists to keep eye out from Fady & Mina, Mohamed Ragab, Omar Sherif and A&Z.

Globally speaking, you have performed at the biggest festivals the world has to offer. These include the likes of EDC Las Vegas, Tomorrowland, Global Gathering, Dance Valley and more. Which is your favourite festival to perform at and what keeps bringing you back there to perform each and every year?

We enjoy playing at all festivals we play at. The ones we play each year virtually include EDC Las Vegas, Tomorrowland and Electronic Family. The festivals have great crowds, great production and are very well organised.

Speaking of Tomorrowland, you graced the Trance Addict Stage on Friday night. How did your performance at Tomorrowland this year compare to that of previous years? Did you bring anything different to the table?

We always enjoy playing Tomorrowland. There is always a great vibe from the crowd; we play each year what we would normally play. Being streamed live this year was really cool, so the world was able to tune in and watch our performance live.

In terms of performances, you have had several bookings over in the party capital of Ibiza this summer. Last month saw you feature as a part of the Cream opening party. What was your biggest highlight from the opener and why?

We always enjoy playing at Cream in Amnesia , the venue and event is legendary and we are proud to play for Cream every summer as one of their residents . The opening party was cool as people had been very excited for the opening of the season.

What is your favourite aspect of Cream as an event and what do you think has been its key to success over the past two decades on the White Isle?

The crowd, they know their music and the venue is great. The DJ booth is lower down now but the vibe is just as good. Last time we played was July 7th back-to-back with John O’Callaghan, it was a great event.

You next play for Cream on Thursday 28th July where the legendary Paul Oakenfold will appear as a special guest. What are your thoughts on his musical legacy?

Of course Paul is a legend of the scene, and especially when he played every week in the Courtyard in Nation for Cream in Liverpool. It’s always good to see him.

The 19th annual DJ Awards will soon be approaching and will take place at the beginning of October. You have been nominated in the Trance category. What would it mean to you as artists to win this award and what recognition do you feel this would provide your careers in the long haul?

It would mean so much to us to win. It’s always a pleasure to be nominated in the awards. Thanks to our fans for the continued support.

Of course, if you weren’t present within those nominated to win the Trance category at the 2016 DJ Awards and could choose one artist from this category to win the Trance award, who would you vote for and why?

John O’Callaghan – he has stuck to what he believes in.

Finally guys, your label, FSOE Recordings, recently released a track called “Night Shades” by M.I.K.E. What was your favourite aspect of this record and what are your thoughts on M.I.K.E. as an artist?

We are so happy to have M.I.K.E. involved in the label and “Night Shades” had elements of the old Mike Push sound in a 21st century way, he is a talented producer and most importantly, a top guy.


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