LABELS: CAJUAL / DIRTYBIRD / TOOLROOM / MAD DECENT
Producer, DJ, Radio Presenter, Promoter… musical polymath, Doorly seems to have already ticked off a lot of the things on any DJ’s Bucket List. Djing in Time Square New York, Touring regularly alongside his early Inspiration Fatboy Slim, Recording TWO BBC Radio 1 Essential Mixes, Producing and DJing Live for Usher & Nicki Minaj, and sharing the stage with the Prodigy to 65,000 people (Twice!).
Discovered by Pete Tong in his hometown of Huddersfield UK when he played at one of Doorly’s infamous Afterparty Warehouse events that saw the likes of Armand Van Helden, Calvin Harris, Erol Alkan, Annie Mac, 2 Many DJs and pretty much any A-list DJ you can name pass through on a regular basis, Pete immediately touted Doorly as his future star and offered him a Live Radio 1 Essential Mix from the club itself.
Over the next 5 years Doorly went on to do a series of musically versatile remixes for acts including Kanye West, The Prodigy, Dizzee Rascal, Basement Jaxx, Play right across the world at all the major festivals and become a resident & stage host for Ibiza weekly stalwart, Ibiza Rocks. Doorly also found himself in the studio with another inspiration of his, Grandmaster Flash, working on music together.
Now a UK export, Doorly relocated to Los Angeles, California at the end of 2012 and has been busy and rapidly rising Stateside over the past 2 years, launching an array of his own huge parties; ranging from sunshine House & Disco gatherings on the rooftops of Austin at SXSW with his UK crew Skream and Jackmaster, 2000 capacity ‘secret’ warehouse parties in Downtown LA, and late night Mansion Afterparty takeovers with Disclosure under his High Society brand at Coachella Festival. All of this whilst simultaneously programming and coordinating his events back in the UK & Ibiza.
Doorly’s Los Angeles ‘Boom Boom Room’ Studios are now fully up and running and he has been working hard honing and fine tuning a more streamlined 4×4 Sound. Early 2013 saw the release of nostalgia evoking ‘new school’ piano house track “Rush” on Diplo’s LA based mega label “Mad Decent”. “Rush” went also down a storm in the UK, gaining full sweeping support from Radio 1’s first lady Annie Mac and some of the biggest in the game prompting a new signing and worldwide re-release by Mark Knight’s Toolroom records over the summer alongside a host of new more underground House tracks on his Boom Boom Room EP series which have gained love from Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Pete Tong, Fatboy Slim, Cajmere, Justin Martin, Huxley and Groove Armada to name a few. On Doorly’s second Boom Boom Room EP, his tracks “I want you to dance” & “Cant Stop The Feeling” once again had widespread Radio 1 Love from Annie Mac & Tong but also sat pretty in and around the top 10 Beatport charts for over a month.
Alongside a fresh arsenal of original tracks now set for release across the year, Doorly was asked to officially remix Armand Van Helden’s ultimate dance classic ‘You Don’t Know Me’ and also the Seminal Steve Silk Hurley record – Jack Your Body, a track that gained full support from Claude Vonstroke, Seth Troxler, Skream, Eats Everything, Justin Martin, Catz & Dogz and was released through Steve Silk’s S&S records in conjunction with Toolroom. Doorly also Officially remixed Claude Vonstroke’s “The Clapping Track” Released in May on Dirtybird.
Doorly also now Releases on Cajmere’s Cajual Records, his firest Single release on the Label “Groove me” sat at number 2 overall on Traxsource and top 10 on Beatport for over a month.
Besides his solo production work, Doorly last summer released the first track “Dissapearer” featuring The Scissor Sister’s Jake Shears via their group collaboration project ‘AVEC” made up of Shadow Child, Jake Shears and Doorly. The track received Huge Radio 1 support right through to the daytime shows. AVEC are set to release their eagerly anticipated second single this summer.
Continuing his work with Shadow child, June 2014 will bring a more underground Shadow Child / Doorly single called “Piano Weapon” which has just been signed to Polydor and has a huge amount of hype surrounding its release.
Alongside this project Doorly’s relationship with Cajmere is growing ever stronger having released a collaboration track with Green Velvet on Relief Records called “Money” and more recently a collaboration with him under his Cajmere Guise, one in the series of many to come between the pair. Also this summer will see Doorly release collab tracks with another Chicago legend DJ Pierre as well UK pioneer Switch and Harry Choo Choo Romero.
Doorly last summer mixed the latest ‘Southern Fried & Tested’ compilation in and this June sees the release of his part in the legendary ‘Toolroom Knights’ Compilation series featuring new Doorly originals and collaborations including his second with Sonny Fodera.
This year will mark Doorly’s 8th season on the White Isle of Ibiza (his second home) and his continued love and commitment to the islands parties is apparent in his extensive gig schedule with almost 50 dates in the Balearics already booked in for this summer. Including every Monday Night at Pacha and of course a return to his Ibiza family at Ibiza Rocks as well as a nice scattering of other parties across the island.
Doorly’s dedication to the craft of DJing remains paramount, with sets being played out across four CDJs, plus samplers & FX units, he is a firm believer that a DJ set should be a live turntablism experience. Doorly continues to work alongside Pioneer as one of its Pro-DJ Ambassadors and is directly involved with testing, design and training with Pioneer DJ equipment together with fellow DJ witches James Zabiela, Zane Lowe, Eats Everything and Laidback Luke.
If you are not lucky enough to be able to catch a live set, Doorly fans worldwide hear his selector skills on one of his two weekly radio shows, Worldwide weekly Thursdays on London’s Iconic Rinse FM and across the USA on iheartradio Dance Music station ‘Evolution Radio’. A Station that is shaping out to be a huge and important addition to the US music scene. Doorly’s “Boom Boom Room” show can be heard
every Tuesday night 9-10pm(EST) in between Pete Tong & Diplo’s shows.
Hello Martin! How Are You? What do you have scheduled for today?
Home in L.A. Just finishing off a collab with Zombie Disco Squad then off to Dave ‘switch’ Taylor’s studio to finish a track weve been working on then just sorting music and packing for SXSW & Miami and a 2 month tour in Europe, Australia & Asia which i leave for tomorrow.
Since 2013 you were one of my insiders! You sent me your remix of Steve “Silk” Hurley – Jack Your Body (Toolroom) and since this remix i played a lot of your tunes! But you also released before on famous Southern Fried Records, the label of Fatboy Slim and you did remixes for acts like Armand Van Helden. When did you start to produce House Music and how you got in touch with the big labels like Toolroom, Cajual, Ministry Of Sound or Southern Fried Records?
I’ve been producing house music for around 10 years but i guess it was as my DJ profile started to raise a bit i naturally got to know people like Norman Cook, Cajmere, Mark knight etc so when i had the right tracks that were good enough it was natural that i would give them to my friends labels first.
Which release was the one who gave you the most attention so far?
Probably my collab with Shadow Child because it went Beatport number 1 which is such a great bit of worldwide attention when your beating off the EDM devils and topping charts like that.
You have a lot of collaborations with different artists like Sonny Fodera, Green Velvet, Harry Romero, DJ Pierre, Todd Terry and Shadow Child. This is a dream for every house producer as you already worked with some of the most important house music artists. How did you start the collab and did you work together with them in the studio or via internet?
Again these guys were all just people that have become friends over the years through playing together so they all start so naturally that when we’re together we want to start some tracks together. The internet makes it much easier to actually get stuff finished because with our schedules its tricky to get together in the same room for as long as we’d like.
As you are touring a lot, please tell us something about your experience around the globe. What is your favourite city or country and why?
Yeah i’m constantly touring, My favourite city is Los Angeles hence moving here 3 years ago, i LOVE touring but i do wish i got to spend a little more time in L.A but the great thing is that when i am home i feel like i’m on holiday because i love being here so much. Its really condusive for making sure i leave enough time off the road to be in the studio as i love touring so much that in the past ive just ended up never going home!
What was your funniest or craziest experience while touring?
Djing to 60 thousand people in times square for this Nicki Minaj thing i was involved in producing about 5 years ago it was the most surreal experience I’ve ever had and i got to live my tram of shouting on a mic to a packed times square “Thank you very much New York – Good night”
What were your TOP 3 gigs so far?
Hideout Festival (Croatia) – Closing the kalypso stage a couple of years ago as the sun came up and in fact every hideout festival, it really is the best!
Recording my first of two radio 1 essential mix live from my own club night in my old home town of Huddersfield in 2008. That night really put me on the worlds radar.
The first time i played at Space Ibiza for We Love Sunday
What are your top 3 tracks that are really working the dance floor in your sets at the moment?
Maceo Plex – Conjure Sex
My new Ep on Cajual (Boogaloo / Crescen-doh!)
Sonny fodera & gene farris – how we work
Thank you for your time and this interesting interview!
Interview by M.in
El Provost – Earworm
Chris Lake – The Music (Doorly’s Set Closer Remix)
Lewis Boardman – Work On Me
Krankbrother – Zipp (Marc Houle Remix)
Zaidi Kiggundu – Get Down
Romanthany – Let Me Show You Love (Gerd’s Crooklyn Remix)
Q Burn’s Abstract Message – Mess of Afros (Glenn Underground Remix)
Miguel Migs – What Do You Want (Rodriguez Jr Remix)
Coyu – Unexpected Souvenir (Doorly Remix)
Gerd – Sexy Muthasucka (Alternate Version)