From global success in the commercial domain, to equal accomplishments within the underground scene, Dubfire (aka Ali Shirazinia) is an artist whose drive, talent and intuition have placed him within the top tier of electronic music artists in the world. He maintains this position within the industry with an unrelenting work ethic and a focused determination to innovate, evolve, and entertain. Whether it’s his involvement with Deep Dish, his solo performances at an extensive list of the world’s most influential clubs and festivals, running his label SCI+TEC, or simply his exploration of audio and visual technology, Dubfire is in a class of his own and is resolute in his forward-thinking ethos.
Born in Iran and raised in the U.S. from the age of seven, Dubfire first developed his skills playing at local clubs in Washington, D.C. He was introduced to Sharam Tayebi through a childhood friend and they formed „Deep Dish”, a production and DJ duo that conquered the world of electronic music, picking up a Grammy (and previous nominations) in the process in addition to a vast array of other awards and accolades. At the height of their success both men opted to take a step back and pursue solo careers, with the Dubfire alias allowing him to express his deep love for underground house and techno. Despite skepticism from certain quarters within the industry, Dubfire quickly integrated himself into the minimalistic techno scene and produced several key releases that cemented him as a true visionary and a force to be reckoned with in underground music. From ‘Ribcage’, ‘Emissions’ and ‘Roadkill’, to his work with Oliver Huntemann and his remix of ‘Spastik’ by Plastikman, Dubfire’s creations perfectly display his musical dexterity and depth of aural knowledge.
His ascent was swift and assured, taking him to the upper echelons of the techno sphere. A fascination with technology and its implementation within both the studio and on stage put Dubfire in a unique position. As someone who performs with an array of equipment, he has advanced the role of the DJ from someone who mixes records, to an individual who edits and creates new music on the fly. This ad-lib style of performance leads to a constantly exhilarating, unpredictable show and demonstrates his penchant for technology. Now splitting his time between Los Angeles, Washington D.C and Barcelona, Dubfire travels on a regular basis, spreading his sound from Brazil to Japan, and everywhere in between. From Time Warp in New York to Womb in Tokyo to DC10 in Ibiza– Dubfire has performed at practically every club, festival, and event worldwide.
Never satisfied with the status quo, Dubfire spent two years crafting a live show and his HYBRID live concept has been wowing audiences since its soft launch debut at the Amsterdam Dance Event in 2014. Described by Thump as, “unlike anything we had previously seen or heard before anywhere,” HYBRID explores the continued convergence of man and machine, delving into the realms of science and technology and their connection with music. The two year world tour officially kicked off at Mannheim‘s annual Timewarp Festival in April 2015 and will make stops at major festivals and venues across the globe.
Dubfire reunited in 2014 with Sharam to take Deep Dish back on the road, cultivating a batch of new material and a scintillating production and visual show to accompany it. As the duo explained to The Miami New Times, „we’ve come back to together to tell the rest of the story.“ The continuation of this story involves an album project, a world tour, as well as an extensive retrospective package of their stellar past work.
Dubfire’s story is also set to be told through a documentary, titled “Above Ground Level” chronicles his career trajectory from fleeing Iran as a youngster to becoming one of the biggest electronic music stars on the planet. Featuring contributions from his closest friends and family, along with peers such as David Guetta, Richie Hawtin, Pete Tong, and Hot Since 82, it reinforces his stellar achievements and gives an inside look into Dubfire’s journey.
With over two decades of experience in the music, Dubfire continues to push the envelope and challenge himself.