ARTIST FOCUS: DOORLY
It’s been just a few years since Pete Tong touted Doorly as a future star, but not even the Radio 1 icon could have predicted just how rapid his ascent would be. Essential Mixes, multiple Beatport and Traxsource No.1s, including a month-long stint at No.1 in the Beatport Chart with ‘Gravity Check’ (2016’s Biggest Selling Tech House Record on the site), production for Usher and Nicki Minaj, sharing the stage with The Prodigy & LCD Soundsystem, acclaimed releases on Cajual, Dirtybird and Hot Creations and studio collaborations with Green Velvet, Switch & Grandmaster Flash to his ever-growing list of achievements.
Doorly cut his teeth in his native Huddersfield, running his own after hours warehouse party and booking the likes Armand Van Helden, Fatboy Slim, Annie Mac, 2 Many DJs and eventually Pete Tong, who was so impressed by his ability behind the decks that he offered him a Live Radio 1 Essential Mix direct from the club. Following this seal of approval, Doorly’s gig schedule took on a life of its own
At the same time as touring, Doorly was working hard honing his craft in the studio, establishing himself as a versatile, in-demand producer. Remix work for an enviable list of A-list acts followed, with imaginative reworkings of tracks from Kanye West, The Prodigy, Claude Vonstroke, Groove Armada and Basement Jaxx setting Doorly on a different creative level to many of his peers.
In 2012 Doorly relocated to Los Angeles, California. From this base he launched a diverse array of his own parties, ranging from sunshine house and disco gatherings on the rooftops of Austin at SXSW & Miami with Skream and Jackmaster, to 2000 capacity ‘secret’ warehouse parties in Downtown LA.
In 2014 he achieved what he had been threatening to for some time, topping the Beatport overall chart with his Shadow Child collaboration ‘Piano Weapon’. In that same year, Doorly & Cajmere’s ‘The Way’ sat at No.1 overall on Traxsource and in the top 10 of the Beatport house chart for over a month, with his releases being hammered by the likes Maceo Plex, Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Skream, Jackmaster, Agoria & Annie Mac to name a few.
2015 saw Doorly releases on Cajual, Dirtybird, Moon Harbour, Toolroom and Hot Creations; an impressive list of labels that demonstrate the towering standards he sets himself, as well as the high regard his production are held in by many of the industry’s tastemakers.
Above all else however, Doorly is first and foremost a DJ, with his dedication to and passion for the craft apparent to everyone who sees him perform. Sets are played out across four CDJs & Vinyl plus drum machines, samplers and FX units, and he is a firm believer that a DJ set should be a live, unique experience.
2016 In Ibiza, Doorly maintained as unyielding a presence as ever during his 11th season living on the island including gigs at Pacha, Pikes Hotel, Ibiza Rocks and Space – for what was the legendary venue’s final season and Doorly Hosting the main room with his Doorly & Friends Brand as well as playing the final Closing Party – while Doorly & Friends went from strength to strength with takeover shows at Snowbombing Festival, Rainbow Warehouse Birmingham, Beatherder and various other worldwide Festivals in FIJI, North America and Australia.
On the production front, 2016 also progressed in impressive fashion. In February Doorly dropped his hugely anticipated remix of Carl Craig & Green Velvet’s ‘So What’, with that same month seeing the release of ‘Want Silver’, a collaboration with Zombie Disco Squad on David Squillace’s This & That imprint. Further production triumphs came in the shape of remixes for Claptone, a remix for Fatboy Slim’s alias “Mighty Dub Katz, an acclaimed three track EP ‘ Rabbit Hole’ on Cajual, ‘Neanderthal, A collaboration with House Legend Marshall Jefferson on Dirtybird records and a collaboration with Darius Syrossian ‘Gravity Check’ that sat atop the Beatport tech house chart for over a month and was Awarded the Biggest selling Tech House Record of 2016 on Beatport.
Doorly also released on Seth Troxler’s “Play It Say It” label with his hugely respected “Magic Room” Track.
Doorly Received further Acclaim in 2016 being Nominated for Best House DJ in Ibiza at the Ibiza DJ Awards and also Best House DJ in the Beatport Awards, As well as being in the Top 10 Selling Artists on Traxsource for his third year running.
2018 was Doorlys most prolific year to date having Launched his own Record label and Club Brand “Reptile Dysfunction.” The first Release “Tonga Peak Times” Featured vocals from the Legendary Mike Skinner of the Streets was a huge success on the Underground, The last release by Jaydee was one of the biggest tracks of the summer in the clubs and October saw the release of the first single from Doorlys new band project “Back Talk” featuring vocals from Hollywood superstar and close friend of Doorly Idris Elba coming armed with huge remixes from Skream & Patrick Topping. The label showcases Doorlys weirder Leftfield Side and tracks that don’t quite fit on the labels he usually works with at Cajual, Dirtybird & Hot Creations and are a breeding ground for his own label family of fresh new talent and a series of unforgettably immersive events globally.