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The DJ/production duo - who sprang to fame in 1998 following the release of their ground breaking debut album, Junk Science' spent much of the year jet-setting around the globe at the request of the world's most famous clubs. Ali 'Dubfire' Shirazinia and Sharam Tayebi, the DC-based friends who work together under the Deep Dish moniker, also found the time to release a critically acclaimed DJ mix album Renaissance Ibiza' inspired by their balearic Island summer residency at the internationally renowned club. Global DJ residencies included regular appearances in the UK & US as well as guest spots in such far flung places as South America and Asia.

The Deep Dish reputation for innovative excellence has been growing at an incredible rate for the past couple of years and so it came as no real surprise when ultimate club diva Madonna decided to get in on the act. Madonna followed in the footsteps of megastars like the Rolling Stones, Michael & Janet Jackson and the Pet Shop Boys in seeking a bit of Deep Dish magic. She choose the guys to remix the debut single from her latest album Music' (Maverick), resulting in an infectious dance floor hit. The reworked track won dozens of accolades including a Grammy award nomination for 'Best Remixer Of The Year' for Ali and Sharam. Madonna was so pleased with the fruits of their labor that she had Deep Dish open up her one-off North American live show at New York's Roseland Ballroom in November 00. One of the city's most talked about shows of recent years, Ali and Sharam whipped the expectant crowd into a frenzy of excitement; just as they continue to do around the world on a very steady basis. With a flourishing business in DC consisting of two record labels (Deep Dish Records and Yoshitotoshi Recordings, to which the guys have a very hands-on attitude) and a specialist record store (Yoshitoshi - The Store), DJ diaries booked up for months and a new album pegged for the spring, Deep Dish may just be in the running for the title of Hardest Working Guys In The Music Industry. But they're having far too much fun to think of it like that.

Initially, it was Junk Science that brought Washington DC's Deep Dish into the glare of the world's spotlight. The ground breaking 1998 album saw music critics in virtual meltdown while they struggled for superlatives. Helped along by the success of shimmeringly sublime singles like The Future Of The Future (Stay Gold)' (vocals courtesy of the lovely Tracey Thorn) and Stranded' the album - a blistering mix of deep lush house, Chicago techno, jazz-tinged soul, soaring strings and moody atmospherics - was so diverse and unexpected that reviewers and record buyers alike were left gasping Ingenious and bold, Junk Science' was the surprise Album Of The Year.

Although Deep Dish sprang from the flourishing deep house scene, with Junk Science' they managed to transcend genres, finding favor with music lovers of every ilk. The impact it had was instantly obvious, and Deep Dish's success at making records that sound as good on the radio or home stereo as they do on the dance floor has led many artists to follow them down the road of deeper musical innovation. In the ensuing post- Junk' media fall-out Deep Dish's Midas touch continued with a spate of classic remixes - including Brother Brown, Gabrielle, Amber, Morel and Beth Orton - and Ali and Sharam immediately became two of the most sought-after producers/remixers/DJs in the world. As the offers came pouring in, Ali and Sharam took great care to select choice projects which reflected their taste for diversity and experimentation.

Ever prolific, the pair now spend their valuable time as producers, remixers, DJs and recording artists as well as finding time to run two record labels. It was a 1991 chance meeting at a party where they were both on deck duty that led the duo to set up Deep Dish records. By 1992 their production and DJing skills had already attracted the attention of Tribal records (for whom they appeared on the Penetrate Deeper' compilation) and their DJ hero Danny Tenaglia. By 1995, and with an anthemic remix of De Lacy's Hideaway' under their belt, the pair were riding on the crest of a deep house wave which was all set to make a huge splash across Europe. Following remixes for the likes of Carl Craig and collaborations with old school friend Brian 'BT' Transeau, the name Deep Dish became synonymous with the flourishing deep house scene. It was in 1996 that they first began to lay down tracks for Junk Science' the album which would turn them, almost overnight, into dance music superstars.

Stranded' became a world-wide dance floor hit and The Future Of The Future (Stay Gold)' even made it onto day time radio and infiltrated Europe's pop charts. Ali and Sharam have spent their time since Junk Science' on a number of high profile projects, not least their own DJing events and residencies around the globe. Enthused and invigorated by what they'd been hearing on these DJing excursions abroad, they had already founded the Yoshitoshi imprint in 1994. Set up as a subsidiary of the larger Deep Dish label, Yoshitoshi was initially intended as a side-project which would enable them to release their friends' recordings. However, licensing tracks from smaller labels around the world, as well as finding new artists from demo tapes and bringing their projects to fruition, has been a labor of love for the duo in recent years.

A labor that has paid enormous dividends; only a few years since its inception and Yoshitoshi is a breeding ground for talent, giving a home to artists who otherwise may never be heard by the club-going masses. With a roster building into one of the finest in the country, Yoshitoshi is firmly established as supplier of some of the best beats from around the world. Yoshitoshi has provided a welcome outlet for the likes of Brother Brown, Morel, Miguel Migs, Kings Of Tomorrow, YMC, Chiapet and Eddie Amador. With the release in 1999 of their Yoshiesque' compilation - a stunning mix of deep house, garage, tech-house and techno - Deep Dish continue to readjust and re-tweak the parameters of contemporary dance music whilst never losing sight of the dance floor.

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