DJ ALI

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Biography

  • From his formative years as a West Coast B-Boy, to his current status as international DJ/Producer, Vancouver native DJ Ali is without a doubt one of the most gifted artists to grace the decks or console in the history of underground music. Behind t..
    From his formative years as a West Coast B-Boy, to his current status as international DJ/Producer, Vancouver native DJ Ali is without a doubt one of the most gifted artists to grace the decks or console in the history of underground music. Behind the decks, Ali’s Chicago-influenced mixes of hard beats and dirty baselines have earned him a loyal flowing and solid reputation up and down the West Coast house music scene. He currently holds prestigious residencies at three of Vancouver’s hottest clubs: Sonar, the Caprice and Element, while a hectic tour schedule finds him racking up the frequent flyer miles with stints in Hawaii, Los Angeles, Ireland, Toronto, Seattle and San Francisco. Ali’s first foray into music culture was as a young B-Boy breaker. After picking up his first vinyl record at the age of eight years old, young Ali Meghji was hooked! His evolution as a DJ began in 1993, just as the Vancouver scene was beginning to take shape. They grew together, side by side, with Ali developing his signature, danceable style – and a very loyal following of the fans – through numerous residences and local clubs and after hours, including Blueprint and Largo, as well as the legendary underground Rehab parties of the mid 1990s. In fact, Ali references the Rehab events, as well as the Summer Love party of 1996 as memorable and defining gigs. He considers himself lucky to have had these early opportunities to play records along some of his early influences such as Chez Damier, Derrick Carter, DJ Heather and Mark Farina – to name a few. Ali began producing his own brand of body-shaking tracks in 1998 and today he’s as renowned for his studio work as he is for his DJ skills, recognized for both his remixes and original products. His records are favorites of such luminaries as Derek Carter, Johnny Fiasco and Chez Damier, and with this exposure, over the past few years the demand for his productions has been wildly growing. Recent hits include “U Don’t Know” (Village) and “The Release” (Manali Records) both of which feature super vocalist Tim Fuller. Stay tuned for slew of bangers on the way, including the highly anticipated “Show me” also with Fuller, forthcoming on one of today’s freshest “dance music” labels around, Manali Records. Ali’s list of influences is as varied – and as extensive – as his record collection. Inspirations include Derrick Carter, Chez Damier, Mark Farina, Vernell deLong, Johnny Fiasco, Tomas Osaze and Sean Dimitrie, Prince Michael Jackson, Earth Wind & Fire, Afrika Bambaataa, Kool Mo Dee, EPMD, Black Moon, Erik B & Rakim and L.O.N.S. But when the lights come up it is Ali’s faith and his dedicated parents that audiences should thank as the primary reasons for his making music today. As the ever growing following and admiration for DJ Ali’s work attests, we have lots to be thankful for indeed.
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    Selected discography

    Capture Your Mind 2 versions Leaf Recordings 2001 Will You Wait 2 versions Village Sound 2002 Ghetto Gospel Man 2 versions Village Sound 2002 You Don't Know 2 versions Village Sound 2002 DJ Ali & T. Fuller* - Show Me Right 2 versions Manali Records 2003 DJ Ali / T. Mack* & Rob Slac - Comes From The Streets / Sexaphone 2 versions Chillin Music 2003 The Wall 2 versions Village Sound 2003 My Personal Opinion 2 versions Tilted Records 2003 That's The Break 2 versions Deepen Discs 2003 Why Not? 2 versions Nightshift Recordings 2003 It's Allright ‎(12") Visitor VISITOR030 2003 You Don't Know ‎(12") Classic CMC23 2003 Smoke S'more EP ‎(12", EP) Totem Music TOT 006 2003 DJ Ali Feat. Tim Fuller - West Coast Assassins ‎(12") Village Sound ILL 008 2003 DJ Ali / DJ Timeline - Night Porter Scene ‎(12") Live To Tape Recordings LTT 001 2003 DJ Ali & T. Fuller* - Show Me Right ‎(12") Amuk Records AMUK007 2004 The Message 2 versions Visitor 2005 DJ Ali Featuring Tim Fuller - Unison ‎(12") Ploff Music ploff004 2005 You And I ‎(12") Rescue Recordings RR13 2005 Change ‎(12") Sugarcane Recordings SGR-003 2005 DJ Ali & Tim Fuller - Bass In Da Back 2 versions Bananza Music 2006 DJ Ali Featuring Lady Precise - Make It Hot E.P. ‎(12", EP) Illusion Recordings ILL004 2012