Fonzerelli aka Aaron McClelland based in Northern Ireland smashed onto the scene and quickly rose to prominence becoming one of the most established and hottest production talents in the world with his first release “Moonlight Party” in 2005 which became # 1 Download Of The Year on DJ Download and shot his own Mena Music label to # 1 Label Of The Year on DJ Download.
Since then he has been remixing for all the biggest artists and labels including Basshunter, Booty Luv, Tiesto, Fedde Le Grande, Ministry Of Sound, CR2, EMI, Sony, Boss, Blackhole, Manifesto, Positiva, Incentive and more as well as producing his own material. His productions have drawn support from the biggest names including Fatboy Slim, Carl Cox, Annie Mac, Sasha, Ferry Corsten, Judge Jules, Fergie, Zane Lowe, Dave Pearce, Jo Whiley, Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, Paul Oakenfold and many more from the list of who’s who!
2008 saw Fonzerelli personally requested to play with Tiesto at his 10,000 capacity crowd at Privilege, Ibiza, the world’s biggest club as well as his remixes of “Now Your Gone” and “All I Ever Wanted” being featured on Basshunter’s # 1 Platinum selling UK album (# 8 for the whole year), the only artist to appear other than Basshunter himself!
Due to his love of melody and vocals as well as nearly 15 years of production experience Aaron has spent much of the winter months composing and producing 2 separate albums; Fonzerelli’s debut artist album “Dancing In The Moonlight (TBC)” featuring some of his biggest productions to date as well as brand new material including the summer smash “Dreamin” and the debut from the all singing and all dancing 80s pop combo San Franz Disco.
Aaron is nothing short of super prolific often making 2 or 3 tracks in a day. That may seem ridiculous to some but to Aaron it is natural and in fact he can’t do it any other way. Unusually for such a prolific producer though is the fact that the material is consistently brilliant. He plays all the instruments and again, unlike many contemporaries will use original real synths as opposed to computer emulations and also guitar and vocals.
With Aaron McCllelland incorporating the 80s instruments and sounds into his productions for the past 3 years you could say he was way ahead of the trends but in reality his sound has been one of the driving forces of melodic synth pop dance, with most people being unable to pigeon hole his sound it is often called house and trance in the same breath, even trouse by some. Mostly it’s a style that totally ignores the desire to be minimal that has defined so many of his contemporaries.
Although Aaron constantly is asked to DJ all over the world his fear of flying means he has decided to spend most of his time at home producing rather than travelling but there are occasions when he has made the effort like when Tiesto asked him personally to play at his Ibiza residency in the summer of 2008.
C-Sixty Four “On A Good Thing” (Manifesto).
Following heavy rotation on Radio 1 courtesy of Pete Tong (1 of his Top 5 tunes of the summer) and Judge Jules, Aaron’s collaboration with Lush resident Col Hamilton hit # 43 in the UK Singles Chart in 2005.
Fonzerelli – Moonlight Party (UMM / Big In Ibiza)
Following massive success on DJ Download and being championed by Tiesto on his In Search Of Sunrise album Fonzerelli’s debut single smashed into the UK Music Week Club Chart at # 1 (# 7 Mainstream Chart / # 2 Buzz Chart) and was immediately playlisted (B-List) on Galaxy & Vibe FM and was featured on Pete Tong’s FastTrax. Signed across the world it became a huge international club and chart hit notching up 380,000+ hits on 1 video alone on YouTube, with another clip of Tiesto spinning the track getting 228,000 hits to date. It reached #14 in Finland, # 28 in the Netherlands and hit # 44 in Australia. This lead to a full Australian tour and at one gig Fonzerelli played to 5,000 people in Melbourne.
This was followed up with “I Love Music” which his #1 Club Chart & #4 Mainstream Chart and “Spirit (Wanna Stay Here Forever)” which reached # 3 in the Club Chart. Fonzerelli then unveiled his own cover version of Guru Josh “Infinity” which was overshadowed by the 2009 remake by Guru Josh Project but still hit # 5 UK Dance Singles Chart iTunes, # 72 UK Singles Chart iTunes and # 17 French Singles Chart iTunes.
Following this and masses of successful remixes (Fonzerelli’s Chanel “My Life” Remix reached 650,000 hits on YouTube through 1 video alone) Aaron unleashed “Toto” under his alter ego Brazen which hit # 1 on Beatport’s Top 100 Chart.
Prior to reaching the final 4 in American Idol, Fonzerelli teamed up with favourite to win Adam Lambert under their Digital Glitter guise and has been close to the singer since, helping him out with promotion. Aaron’s rework of Adam Lambert – Kiss & Tell has already attracted 291,000 hits on 1 video on YouTube alone.
Tiesto ft Maxi Jazz “Dance 4 Life” (Nebula / Ultra / Central Station / Kontor / Blackhole)
Basshunter “Now Your Gone” (Hard2Beat) – (5 weeks at #1)
Basshunter “All I Ever Wanted” (Hard2Beat) (Warner Music Sweden) – only remix on CD.
Basshunter “I Miss You” (Hard2Beat)
Chanel “My Life” (Hed Kandi / Ultra)
Beatfreakz “Superfreak” (Data)
Mauro Picotto “Evribadi” (SW Records / Big In Ibiza)
CRW “I Feel Love” (UMM / Big In Ibiza)
Stu Allan “A Feeling” (UMM / Big In Ibiza)
Sunfreakz ft Andrea Britton – Counting Down The Days (Positiva)
Robbie Rivera – Float Away (Juicy)
J Magik & Wickerman – Crazy World (Data)
Uniting Nations “Do It Yourself” (Gusto)
Camille Jones vs Fedde Le Grand “The Creeps” (Data)
Jes “Heaven” (Maelstrom / Ultra / Magik Musik)
Dave Armstrong & Red Roche – Love Has Gone (Data)
Sash ft Stunt “Raindrops (Encore Une Fois)” (Hard2Beat)
Out Of Office “Hands Up” (Frenetic)