Egyptian pharaohs of Trance Aly & Fila have captured the hearts of fans all over the world for nearly a decade with their music. The duo recently released their second artist album, and Fadi tells us they're already working on their third! This summer the guys also brought their radio show, Future Sounds of Egypt, across the globe on their FSOE 300 tour, while also spending some time in Ibiza as well.
We caught up with Fadi before his set on the Full On Ferry stage at TomorrowWorld where he talked about their latest album Quiet Storm, the Future Sound of Egypt 300 tour and what city was his favorite, and what life would be like if he were actually an Egyptian pharaoh. Check it out below:
Are you excited to play on the Full On Ferry stage tonight at TomorrowWorld?
I'm so excited because I already did Tomorrowland, which was amazing, and already I'm here and it's amazing. It looks brilliant. The crowd's going crazy so, I can't wait to play.
How do you think that TomorrowWorld compares to TomorrowLand?
It's different actually. In a good way. I think here is a different atmosphere, a different vibe than Europe, but I love it here. I feel likethere's this kind of happy atmosphere which I really like.
Tell me about your latest album Quiet Storm?
This is our second artist album and we've been working on it for the past three years. We worked so hard on it, and we're so proud about this product 'cause we were like, 100% sure this is something really good. And the feedback so far on it was brilliant. We got some really good feedback with the charts and everything. It did really well.
Is there a song on there or someone that you worked with that really stuck out to you? Or something you're really proud of?
Well, actually, I have to say the whole product. The whole album, I'm so proud of. I cannot name one track or one person we worked with because everyone we worked with [were] brilliant on their own. I'm happy with all the people we worked with and the results. I'll be unfair if I choose one.
Tell me about "The Journey?"
This is actually the anthem for our radio show for the Future Sound of Egypt 300 celebration. We did it with our fellow Egyptian DJs Fady & Mina. They are growing now. They are new-comers and they are doing a really great job. We thought about, like, let's do the anthem together because they are one of our artists from our roster and it's a good chance to also show them to the world, to get them more known. We had this good idea with them, and we worked on it, and the feedback on the track is really good.
If you guys were real Egyptian pharaohs, what would your top three laws be?
1. Free music stores. No more downloading or illegal downloads.
2. Free parties
3. Free food and drinks and sleeping areas for everyone.
No one will sleep without food or drinks. No hungry, no homeless. And free parties and free music. In our pyramids.
*Fadi really is pharoah! And apparently so is John O'Callaghan:
You guys have had a busy summer. What has been the highlight?
Well, all the festivals, Ibiza. It's been a crazy schedule this summer. Every month we'll be all over the place doing all the gigs, the festivals. It's everyday. And Ibiza is in the mid-week. So, it's crazy hectic. Now, it's starting to relax a bit. A little bit. [But] whenever I'm in Cairo, we're in the studio.
How was Future Sounds of Egypt?
We did it [in] August. It was the whole month, and it's finished now. It's done. And it was really good. You have to check the site and check the videos and the pictures and everything. It was amazing, really good.
What was the highlight?
Argentina. We had one of the shows, it was in Argentina. It was unbelievable, really. I cannot describe it. I'll tell you something [that] happened [at] this party. While I was playing, the whole crowd, [it] was like six or seven thousand people, and they did [something] special for us, because during that time there were a lot of problems in Egypt, really bad stuff. And then the crowd, they had the posters where they were wrote on it, big letters, "Pray for Egypt." And they all put it up during one of our tracks. And really, I started crying to be honest, I got emotional. For me, it was like the best moment of my whole career, actually.
What's the dance music scene like in Egypt?
It's big. A lot of people wouldn't think like that, but I'm telling you it's really big. Really, really big. We have lots of underground parties, a lot of clubs. Like we have Space, Pacha, Privilege, all these big brands, we have it in Egypt. A lot of people don't know that. It's big and it's gonna get way bigger. And now, with the country getting stability again, I'm sure that next year will be a big clubbing destination. I'm pretty sure. 'Cause in Egypt they like a lot of different sounds like trance, deep house. Deep house is so big in Egypt now. The big room, they like everything. They are very open-minded for music, which is cool.
What's next for you guys? What are you guys working on?
We actually started working on the new artist album, which we plan to release next year. We started planning the celebration for Future Sounds of Egypt, 350 episodes for next year. We're gonna try to make it even bigger and we're gonna try to do some stuff in the US with the shows, with the celebration, hopefully. And we're gonna do a new compilation. So, next year is already looking so busy.
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