It seems like the guys of Deep Dish are spending more time apart than together now, but the musical results as they diverge are more and more interesting. The clear maverick of the duo made up of Sharam and Dubfire, is the latter. Born Ali Shirazinia, the Iranian-American grew up around Washington, D.C. in the '80s, a time when the city was a hotbed of punk and hardcore. Shirazinia was quickly swept away with the energy of that music, as well as synth-pop acts like Depeche Mode and more punishing industrial acts like Ministry and Einsturzende Neubaten. That was his gateway into electronic music, which through a long, circuitous route eventually let him to scoring progressive-house gold as part of Deep Dish.
But while his erstwhile partner Sharam has continued to go unabashedly commercial, Shirazinia, as Dubfire, has begun to loop back to his underground roots. His sound these days is darker and more tech-y, with a few nods to his past, like a 2007 cover of "I Feel Speed," a song by the gothy U.K. band Love and Rockets. Still, the experimentation is all relative, and Dubfire tracks still work just fine in the big room. Check it out when he returns to Miami this Saturday for a gig at Mansion.
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