Aly & Fila, Plumb Score a Beatport Number 1 with “Somebody Loves You”

We catch up with Egyptian trance duo Aly & Fila, whose collaboration with Plumb, “Somebody Loves You,” just hit Beatport’s overall top spot.

Congratulations on your Beatport number one! It’s very rare these days that a trance release reaches the top spot. Did you already have a chance to celebrate the news?

Thank you so much! It is very rare, and I think we are the only ones who did it with the 140 BPM uplifting trance style. The more significant achievement, in our opinion, is that we didn’t have to change our style to get to that. Of course, we celebrated, but it would have been even better if we had shows last weekend. 

The original of “Somebody Loves You” is a song by singer-songwriter Plumb, who became known in the trance scene through her collaborations with Paul van Dyk. How did the remix happen?

We have been huge fans of hers as a singer and songwriter since her collaboration with Paul. We went through her music online and found “Somebody Loves You” and fell in love with it from the first time of hearing it. So our management asked her for the stems for a possible remix from us. After we had finished it, they were really happy with our version, and we were then able to release it as a collaboration.

Your version has probably been the most anticipated trance release of the year. When did you first notice people had a special connection to it?

The first time we tried it out was last year in Bangkok in our Future Sound of Egypt 600 celebration show. We closed our set with it, and we remember well the messages we got from fans asking about the ID at the end, and the same happened with every event after that. So we knew the track was going to be big. 

You’ve been releasing songs for more than 15 years, and unlike many other producers in the scene, you’ve always stuck to your uplifting trance sound. Why?

It’s simple — we love it so much and it doesn’t matter how popular it is right now. All that matters is that we are doing what we love, which was why we started our music career. But it doesn’t mean we don’t like or produce other styles. 

You are both from Cairo. How is the Covid-19 situation in Egypt? What effect has the current crisis had on your productivity as musicians?

Yes, we both live in Cairo, and that’s where we have spent the last months. To be frank, the health situation here has been completely fine. This long time off was a blessing for us, family-wise, and also musically. Expect a lot from us in the future.



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