A natural gift for a memorable vibe and a need to dance and make others dance best describes DJ/producer/musician Rashid Ajami’s music and sets; his talents cross artistic boundaries which include digital artworks, installations and cutting edge multi-media creations.
Since his emergence in 2012, he was instantly spotted by the likes of Maya Jane Coles and Ramon Tapia whose remixes featured on his first release, and Rashid has steadily released critically acclaimed tracks on labels such as Anjunadeep, Eklektish, Einmusika and Noir.
A new collaboration with Booka Shade also carves out exciting new territory for the multi-faceted artist who is immersed in, and fascinated by, music, art and technology in all its forms.
With an increasingly busy year ahead, 2021 marks a true musical renaissance for this exciting talent.
Balance Selections 179: Rashid Ajami
1. Obbie- Father McKenzie
2. Nikolina LDN – MOONTIME feat Andréa Ararê (Yulia Niko Remix)
3. Wolf Story – Between the world and me (VIP edit)
4. M.A.N.D.Y – Gizmo (Minaday Remix)
5. Rauschhaus – Patara soil (original mix)
6. Sascha Braemer – Who died and Made You King (original mix)
7. Facundo Mohrr – Sunshine (original mix)
8. Lost BOUL – Unmasked (original mix)
9. Booka Shade & Rashid Ajami – Memories (Rashid Ajami remix)
10. Rashid Ajami – Soul Attraction (original mix)
Balance Selections Q+A
My last 3 releases:
Rashid Ajami – Never Knew EP
Rashid Ajami – You don’t know me EP
Rashid Ajami – Music is my medicine
What music did you listen to as a child?
As a child I remember listening to Michael Jackson. I would watch his music videos and feel swept away by the whole production from the music to the story to the dancing. I then remember discovering house music at the age of 12. At the time, garage was a big thing. I also started to buy CD’s like the fabric compilation at that age! I also purchased my first turntables at 13!
When was the first time that you realised that you liked electronic music?
I remember hearing electronic music for the first time with my older brother. He was in his early 20’s and going out to clubs I would get to hear all sorts of tracks with him. We would go for drives and pump music.
When was the first time you saw a DJ in a club?
I used to spend my summers in Beirut, Lebanon. I remember when I was still very young (around 12) I would go to these big beach parties while. It was at these massive parties that I first experienced big DJ’s on such a massive scale. It felt like a festival.
Which producers/artists/acts inspire you?
I love artists that are bringing together different mediums such as lights, music, art and more. Richie Hawtin for example is a great inspiration as he is always pushing the boundaries. Growing up, I used to listen to legends like John Digweed and Sasha. I really like The Blaze from an inspiration point of view as they are blending film and music so well, and they create heartfelt and emotional productions with a unique sound.
What was the last album that you downloaded/bought?
I think it was the album of Galcher Lustwerk that was released on Ghostly.
What is your current production and DJ set up like?
I currently use software for my productions such as Omnisphere and Trillian. I’m also recording a lot of live sounds especially piano. However, I’m starting to explore hardware. I’m actually researching hardware drum machines now for my next purchase!
What releases do you have on the horizon?
I’m releasing a track in collaboration with Booka Shade at the end of August. Super excited about this! I’ve also got an upcoming release with Armada music, a label that I love and respect greatly.
Where can we hear you perform?
I have a regular radio show called Reveal on Maxximum Radio where I “reveal” exclusive music that’s unreleased. As things are opening, I’m starting to play more gigs in London and planning to launch my own event soon. Stay tuned!
Tell us more about the podcast you made for Balance?
I usually record my podcasts on a laptop especially when I’m on the go. I’m currently in Greece so taking inspiration from my beautiful surroundings for the podcast!
The top track in my DJ wallet currently is:
Alma Negra – Dakar Disco (Crackazat Remix)
If I could recommend only one of my tracks for you to listen to it would be:
Rashid Ajami – Music is my Medicine
If I could recommend only one track for you to listen to it would be:
Pachanga Boys – Time
The last movie I watched that I really liked:
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