Fila always at the turntable without Aly

Picture of Fila & Aly 'Eye of Horus'

It’s not hard to see that Aly & Fila is the most popular duo of Egypt. The trance music heroes from Cairo are travelling around the globe to entrance many a fan with their music. Or rather, it’s just Fila who travels, because hearing damage prevents Aly from performing.

By Anouk Oosthout

Aly Amr Fathalah (Aly) and Fadi Wassef Naguib (Fila) – both 33 years old – were the founders of electronic dance Music in Egypt. During their youth they fell in love with the sound of Paul van Dyk and decided in 1999 to produce their own trance music.

‘Eye of Horus’
In a self-built studio they made the first tunes, which resulted in the 2003 track ‘Eye of Horus’. It became their breakthrough. The scene supported the track and top artists like Tiësto and Armin van Buuren kept playing it. The Egyptian legend was born.

Future Sound
After their breakthrough, Aly & Fila could be heard in programs like Van Buuren’s radio show ‘A State Of Trance’ (ASOT) and they performed at a number of ASOT-events around the world. The childhood friends now have their own tremendously successful radio show, named ‘Future Sound Of Egypt’, which is also the name of the record label they founded in 2009.

It’s striking that Fila represents the musical duo on his own during shows. Six years ago a monitor that was much too loud blew up Aly’s eardrum, during a gig in Mexico. In various interviews Aly said, “Doctors told me that if I continue to play, I could lose my hearing. So we decided that I’m not going on tours anymore. When we make music in the studio, the volume stays as low as possible so that my hearing won’t be damaged even more.”

Trance Nation
Despite this blow, the duo found a way to keep Aly & Fila alive. Fila is the international representative of the Group while both guys produce tunes, of which they forge new tunes in the studio together.

The duo occupies the 20th place in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs and last May their mix album for the popular record label ‘Trance Nation’ hit the shelves. These pharaohs continue to build up their trance-empire – or should we say pyramid?

Listen here to the mini-edit of the Aly & Fila Trance Nation mix album:

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