In electronic circles, Ali Shirazina, aka Dubfire (far right), and Sharam Tayebi are household names. These D.C.-based producers, known collectively as Deep Dish, are the remixers of choice for pop icons looking to reinvent themselves -- and validate their forays into the dance world. They've already remixed material for Madonna, the Rolling Stones and Justin Timberlake, and they took home a Grammy in 2002 for their remix of Dido's "Thank You." As further testament to their crossover appeal, last year Tayebi and Dubfire were called upon to remix "Let's Get Ill," a track that pairs hip-hop impresario P. Diddy with sultry songstress Kelis and appears on Dish's Global Underground: Toronto boxed set. (The cut is reportedly the first single off of Diddy's forthcoming dance album.) But long before Deep Dish registered a blip on the mainstream radar, the Iranian-American duo had already established itself as a preeminent underground force by producing the wildly popular Global Underground mix series and a critically acclaimed artist album, Junk Science; overseeing three labels -- Yoshitoshi, YO! and Sinichi; and maintaining residencies at Space in Miami, Release in San Francisco and Ministry of Sound in London. This Friday, May 28, Dubfire will make a rare solo appearance at the Church, hitting Mootown just a little more than a month before he and Tayebi head to Ibiza, where they'll spin through the summer.
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