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Over the course of the last few years, DJ/Producer Palash Ahmed has burned through more passports than the US Secretary of State. Reading his current travel itinerary is like flipping through DJ Magazine’s Best of International Clubbing issue—his destinations are the world’s most elite clubs. He has rocked the floor at Singapore’s Zoo, twice, in the last year. Dedicated followers of this DC-based jock have packed the houses at Pacha in Spain, Israel and Argentina, the Black & Blue Festival in Montreal, Bedrock, Homelands, and Turnmills in London, Twilo, Avalon and Sound Factory in New York City, Spundae in San Francisco and the end of season, closing night party at Space in Ibiza in 2003, just to name a few. Palash’s sets have left such a lasting positive impression that he will return to open Space Ibiza’s summer season in 2004.

He has held court in all of the great arenas where the drum leads the dance. His sensibility in the DJ booth and production studio has evolved from the accumulated wisdom of watching and manipulating the effects of sound on crowds around the world. Able to nimbly switch between CD and vinyl formats while DJing, Palash’s range of music isn’t limited by a single 75-record capacity record crate. Typically he has more than 300 songs at his disposal as he wields an ever-evolving modern primitive blend of the dark drums of tribal, tech-house punctuated by evocative vocals and melodic tracers. His mixing is as smooth and straightforward as the lines on a leer jet.

7 Magazine has proclaimed Palash is “…the most exciting American export since Deep Dish.”

But before he played a single record outside of the US, Palash had already proven his ability to pack dancefloors. While he was getting his start in DC back in the early ’90s, he revitalized one club night after another with booming tribal house and enthusiastic, thirsty crowds. An early success in a 2000-capacity room rivaled the club’s other top night, one promoted by an equally dedicated entrepreneurial entertainer by the name of Sean “Puffy” Combs.

Picking up a few tips along the way from his high-school friend Sharam (from Deep Dish), Palash tuned his ears towards production. Hot off the disk drive, his first co-produced work “After Dark,” caught the attention of Danny Tenaglia. The New York music don liked the tune so much he licensed it for a DJ Magazine compilation. That led to Palash’s first contribution to a mixed DVD/CD in conjunction with Nick Warren in 2000. Danny then invited the Washingtonian to guest DJ at his infamous “Be Yourself” night in NYC.

Naturally, Palash launched his own vinyl imprint, Addictive Records, to create a home for his productions and favorite tunes. With a penchant for percussive, groove-oriented tribal house, the Addictive releases struck a chord with the world’s best DJs. The second Addictive release, Drum Addicts “Positive Energy,” had Carl Cox, Danny Rampling and John Digweed all calling to know more about this DC tastemaker.

As is usually the case, the UK labels acted on the buzz quickly. In 2002, Palash dropped a mix for Tide Recordings. Following in the well-heeled grooves of previous DJs in the series Steve Lawler, Lee Burridge and Danny Howells, Tide:Edit:07 showcased Palash’s warm, tribal tech-house.

The creative flames were fueled with remix work for major and indie labels. Palash’s co-production on the remix of Celeda’s “The Underground” succeeded on an underground and above ground level: it went to #1 on the Billboard chart. John Digweed gave the nod and hired him for a remix of his own “Voices” for Bedrock. Mixes for new tunes and classics alike came down the pipe—Kylie’s “In Your Eyes,” Frankie Goes to Hollywood “Relax,” and Steve Lawler’s “Rise In,” to name a few.

After claiming the 2003 DanceStar nomination for Best Breakthrough DJ, Palash mixed another CD, Addictive Beats, which found a home on Grammy Award winner Peter Rauhofer’s Star 69 Records. All studio mixes and productions aside, it is live and in the club where Palash shines. Whether it’s a 10-hour marathon set to the never-tiring sweaty crowds of Greece or an intimate New Year’s Eve set at Arc in New York City, Palash has joined the ranks of the world’s DJ elite through his consummate ability to evoke instinctual, euphoric responses from crowds around the world.



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