“Quiet Storm” is an apt description for the Egyptian Trance Super-duo Aly & Fila. They are humble and self possessed, and yet their music is soaring, euphoric, melancholic, ecstatic, and often tempestuous. It is also the title of their well-received album, which, when it was released, created an army of new fans and solidified the loyalties of long time devotees. Earlier this month, Aly & Fila released the “Quiet Storm Remixes” with artists like Arctic Moon, Mark Sherry, John O’Callaghan, and Bryan Kearney putting their own unique musical imprints on the tracks. The result, of course, is a work of art; each individual remix, on its own, is as precise and exact as a dot in a Georges Seurat painting. But it’s as you step back and listen to the entire album that you realize each song contributes to a greater whole. Take one track out and the whole album would crumble. And that is really the true genius of Aly & Fila; their attention to detail, the depth and breath of their emotional intelligence, and the technical precision of their productions paint a much larger and profound musical picture. If you ever forget the power of Trance to affect the soul, listen to Aly & Fila. You’ll remember.
We talked with Aly & Fila ahead of their play at Exchange LA this Friday.
We’re very excited to have you playing Exchange LA, especially with Trance Nation dropping on May 26th. Can you tell us a little about what we can expect from the album?
Firstly, we are excited to be back in Los Angeles at Exchange for Insomniac Events presents Awakening. We are very proud to be asked to mix the latest edition of the Trance Nation series by Ministry of Sound. They are legendary compilations from when Ferry Corsten mixed four series in a row for them. The album consists of exclusives, tracks from our Future Sound of Egypt label, tracks from many great producers such as John O’Callaghan, Luke Bond, Ian Standerwick, Neptune Project, Mohamed Ragab, Sneijder, Bryan Kearney and many more.
As children, what was the relationship you had with music, and when did electronic dance music enter the picture?
It was in the mid-1990s that dance music entered the picture for us. Fila used to travel to Europe and collect mix tapes of Paul Van Dyk and this really inspired us.
How did Aly & Fila come together?
We have been best friends since a very early age, and we both developed the love for Trance and decided why not give it a go. So, we set out to learn to make music and that’s how we developed as a brand.
Was there a moment when you both had to make a decision about whether to pursue DJing and Producing as a profession or to go down a more traditional path, like work, career, family, etc?
No, we always believed if we worked hard enough and listened and learned, we could develop the brand into a full time career.
There’s a now famous after movie of your Future State of Egypt 300 show in Buenos Aires, Argentina where the crowd held up “Pray for Egypt” posters. It was a very emotional experience for you. Can you tell us a little bit about that night?
This was during a period of trouble in Egypt, and when the crowd in Buenos Aires held the signs, it was such an emotional time for us. What a crowd that was, so much love and support. What role do you think elite DJ’s, with access to millions of people, play in creating awareness of important global issues? Do you think DJs are missing an opportunity to spotlight issues that are going unnoticed?
DJs express their views with their music and performances.
What is it about Trance in particular that keeps you inspired?
It’s not just the music that inspires us; it’s the people who listen to this genre of music. The love and emotion in the crowds faces worldwide when we play, it so inspiring to see. We meet so many amazing people worldwide and embrace so many cultures. Trance Families worldwide are such a close unit and bonded together by their love for Trance. There is no other genre of dance music like it for togetherness in crowds, DJs, producers. We are one family.
The Future Sound of Egypt brand has generated an immense amount of respect worldwide. As a label, what are some moves you are planning to make to progress the FSOE reputation?
Thank you, we are always striving to improve on all levels with the label, the productions, and signing exciting new talent. We releases tracks every two weeks on the label with such a wide variety of producers from ReOrder & Standerwick presents Sky Patrol, RAM, Arctic Moon, Hazem Beltagui, Simon O’Shine, Woody Van Eyden, Bjorn Akesson and many more.
As touring DJs working in an often fickle and unpredictable business, what frustrates you the most?
There are not enough hours in the day.
What makes you the happiest?
Family, Friends, Fans and Trance!
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