fabric podcast 005 – Ahadadream B2B Champion
Next up on the fabric podcast series: 005 delivers a very special back-to-back session featuring Ahadadream and Champion; a flavour of what to expect when the More Time label co-boss and the Formula Records founder link up for FABRICLIVE on 5th August.
Ahad Elley, aka Ahadadream, has had an impact on the party-starting circuit since lockdown that's been well recognised, but his impact stretches long before then; Ahadadream formed More Time Records with Sam Interface in 2017, and has his fingers in several pies and projects. As co-founder of South Asian music-focused festival Dialled In, which launched last September, and mastermind behind No ID party which has welcomes the likes of Naina, Nabihah Iqbal and Jyoty to staple London venues, Ahad has played a key party in championing and paying forward the sounds and talent of South Asian DJs who are electrifying UK dance music.
With a tour in the works, the British-Pakistani DJ and producer has been shutting things down at festivals and venues across the globe this summer, with notable sets including a recent B2B with Daytimers’ Yung Singh at Glastonbury’s famous Silver Hayes area. His sound is aptly club-ready, often referencing his South Asian roots, whilst emphasising his love of drums, percussive hits and an energy that is distinctly London-rooted. The sounds of which decorate recent EP release Homecoming. Met with warm acclaim, The Guardian dubbed it as “the stuff of ravey dreams.” And we’re dreaming of raving with Ahad very soon.
Champion is one of east London’s finest bass and beatsmiths. His tracks have featured on numerous iconic past FABRICLIVE mixes (Four Tet & Champion – ‘Flip Side’ on FABRICLIVE 89: Hannah Wants, ‘Gunshot’ on FABRICLIVE: 88 Flava D, and Champion - ‘Cannon (Dismantle's VIP)’ on FABRICLIVE 86: My Nu Leng), so it feels right to be welcoming him back fabric for a Friday night.
Since breaking through with a debut EP in 2011, Champion has been a formidable name in the UK bass scene. In a way, this pairing symbolises the legacy of old school fabric, and the new generation coming together. Ahadadream and Champion’s mix for us taps into some serious rave-ready sounds, reflecting the dazzling rhythmic rapport of these two. We can’t wait to see it in action.
Ahadadream and Champion go B2B on 5th August in a More Time x ec2a takeover also featuring Dr Dubplate, Sam Interface, Bambii, DJ Paypal, Scratchclart, k means & more. Tickets below and here.