Birmingham born and bred artist Ashique Subhan aka Subb-an has had an enduring presence on the UK underground scene since the mid-2000s, when he found himself at the epicentre of a new dawn for Birmingham clubbing. The now legendary Below Sunday raves on the original Rainbow Courtyard had just taken off and sound design student Subb-an had caught the attention of Rainbow founder, Adam Shelton. Subsequently booked for a live show at Below, Subb-an soon became a resident and there learned his craft as a resident DJ, which led to the creation of the long-running One Records with Shelton in 2009. Specialising in high energy, intricate, groove driven house, the label has signed releases from distinguished artists such as Cab Drivers, The Mole and iO (Mulen), as well as helped to break newer talent like John Dimas and Yamen & EDA.
Around the age of twelve in the late 90’s, Ash started to collect and experiment with vinyl while attending Fabric most weekends, so it comes as no surprise that Subb-an cites Craig Richards and Ricardo Villalobos amongst his greatest influences. A dynamic producer with a firm understanding of what it takes to move a dance floor, Subb-an has crafted a sound that is simultaneously tough, yet sensitive, raw, yet enticingly deep – it’s a sound that’s achingly relevant, though rooted in the tradition of a long lineage of house masters. Launching his production career with early releases on era defining labels such as Spectral Sound and Crosstown Rebels, Subb-an’s more recent releases have arrived on techno giants such as Cocoon, Cabinet Records and Beste Modus.
Treading the line between house, techno and minimal, it’s a signature swagger and technical polish that defines Subb-an’s DJ sets. Touring the globe as a regular at the likes of Fabric, DC10, Panorama Bar, Stereo, Warung, D edge, Amnesia and major league festivals such as Glastonbury, Gottwood and Detroit Movement, Subb-an has decided to call Berlin home. Living and working in what he himself describes as the world’s most passionate city for music, Subb-an’s path continues along one of diligence, refinement, and exploration. Drawing upon the city’s vitality and spontaneity, it’s this intuitive, free-flowing vibe that has also found its way into, not only his music but also the curation of One Records, which continues to flourish as another major focus for the artist.