Deep Dish’s Ali “Dubfire” Shirazinia

Deep Dish make clubbers dance so much that their shoes will wear out. Between their debut album Junk Science to the latest offering George Is On, Ali “Dubfire” Shirazinia and Sharam Tayebi have remixed for Madonna, Depeche Mode, Dido and Danny Teneglia, and have bagged awards including a Grammy. No stranger to Singapore, the pair returns to thrill and we grab Dubfire for a quick catch-up.
Honestly, what was your first impression of Sharam?
I was a guest DJ on a regular night he was doing. We have mutual friends and hit it off straight away. The magic of Deep Dish is that we have different personalities and approaches. We get into fights, but we meet in the middle. If we had the same likes and dislikes, Deep Dish wouldn’t be unique.
True. One of Deep Dish’s tracks we like is “Dreams.” What’s the weirdest dream you’ve ever had?
I have weird dreams every night, but I forget them when I wake up! I can’t decide which is most bizarre—they’re all weird! A lot of my dreams involve experiences with people I haven’t seen or talked to for a long time. Maybe I’m unconsciously thinking of them.
Tell us more about your solo mix album Dubfire GU031 Taipei. How is it different from a typical Deep Dish record?
It’s an extension of my influences. In a typical Deep Dish album, we infuse our individual influences into a collective identity. I tend to be into the darker, techier techno type of sound, compared to Sharam.
And what inspired your single “I Feel Speed?”
I’m a child of Love & Rocket’s new wave sort of sound. The single was an experiment to see if I could do a traditional cover with a modern sound. I put my own vocals inside to test my own singing ability.
How would you rate your own singing ability?
It’s not bad. A lot of people couldn’t believe it was me!