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. As of 2016, he can already add two 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, 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, Doorlys gig schedule took on a life of its own, with DJing in Time Square New York, and every major festival plus touring regularly alongside Fatboy Slim & Soulwax just some of the highlights.
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. From humble beginnings, these Doorly & Friends Events have gone on to establish residencies at Ministry of Sound (London), AIR (Amsterdam), Kater Blau & Sisyphos (Berlin) Sound (Los Angeles) and Canal Mills (Leeds), Space, Mambo & Pikes Hotel (Ibiza), plus regular parties in Miami, San Francisco, Asia and across the world.
Doorly’s music strides gracefully between the underground with rare limited edition release on vinyl only to tracks that make it into literally every DJ on earths playlist and sometimes even topping the Beatport overall chart, as was the case with his Shadow Child collaboration ‘Piano Weapon’. In that same year, Doorly & Cajmeres ‘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.
Doorly regularly releases on Cajual, Dirtybird, Moon Harbour, 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, bespoke experience. To that end, Doorly continues to work alongside Pioneer as one of its Pro-DJ Ambassadors and is directly involved with testing, design and
training with Pioneer DJ equipment together with fellow craftsmen James Zabiela & Kink. Also Doorlys performance skills have now been enlisted by Dolby who are launching a new 5.1 surround sound club system which Doorly demonstrated at Ministry of Sound in London and Sound bar in Chicago and will tour in Full worldwide as Dolbys ambassador in early 2018 as well as Training top flight DJs in his Dolby built studio base in Ibiza.
In Ibiza, Doorly maintained as unyielding a presence as ever during his 12th season living on the island including gigs at Amnesia, Hi, Pikes Hotel, Elrow, Mambo and Pacha – whilst outside of ibiza his Doorly & Friends parties went from strength to strength with takeover shows at Snowbombing Festival, Avalon in Los angeles, SXSW, Miami WMC, the Egg in London, ADE and various other worldwide Festivals in FIJI, North America and Australia.
On the production front the last year also progressed in impressive fashion as Doorly dropped his hugely anticipated remix of Carl Craig & Green Velvet’s ‘So What’ as well as a remix for Fatboy Slims alias “Mighty Dub Katz, an acclaimed three track EP ‘ Rabbit Hole’ on Cajual, A remix for Justin Martin’s “Midnight”, ‘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 Troxlers “Play It Say It” label with his hugely respected “Magic Room” Track.
Doorly received further acclaim in 2017 being Nominated for the second year running as Best House DJ 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 Beatport & Traxsource for his third year running.
The last 3 Months of 2016 saw Doorly Head all the way around the world on a mammoth tour that makes you tired just looking at it! The tour included a jam packed USA Solo headline tour followed by a 2nd tour of America as Support For Booka Shade on their “Movements” Live Tour. Then continuing on hitting Asia, Fiji, Australia (For his 3 week headline Tour), New Zealand, Bali, Dubai and the notorious Holy Ship Cruise in the Carribean.
2018 is set to be 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 has been one of the biggest tracks of the summer in the clubs and October sees 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 will showcase Doorlys weirder Leftfield Side and tracks that don’t quite fit on the labels he usually works with at Cajual, Dirtybird & Hot Creations and be a breeding ground for his own label family of fresh new talent and a series of unforgettably immersive events globally.