Alan Kelly got into dance music in ’93 during his last year in school. University in Dublin later that year blew the doors wide open, and a few happy months and some failed exams later, Alan was living with Trace DJ and Asylum regular Paul Newhouse. Alan and Paul worked well together over the next few years, and looking back Alan cites putting on the first ever dance music event in his native Roscommon in 1994 as one of the highlights of his career.Those early days proved pivotal as it was there that Alan learned the long smooth mixing style that has worked so well for him ever since. But despite those early beginnings Alan soon discovered he was, and still is to this day, a purely house music man.
A few years later Alan left Dublin (exams passed!), bought his first decks, and shortly after started to get pro gigs on the local circuit. His first DJ residency went off in style at Panama Jacks, Castlebar warming up for the international DJ set flying in and out of the country. During four years at the club Alan acquired further residencies at Delicious, The Clarence, Sligo where he played until it closed in 2012 and Cuba, Galway. 2000 brought a residency at one of Irelands most respected clubs The GPO, Galway which saw him month on month on the same bill as some of the worlds finest decknicians. Radio Nova, Dublin approached for a weekly show, as did Irish scene magazine Clubbing.com where Alan reviewed records and covered club nights for the glossy monthly mag.
Autumn 2002 – Heineken Found @Thirst launches in Ireland. Beating off over 300 other entrants Alan becomes the first ever Found @ Thirst Winner, and sets the wheels in motion for the beginning of much bigger things. Taken onboard by Heineken and a friendship formed with Paul Oakenfold, ’03 brought a trip to London to produce with Ian Greene of Perfecto Records. On from there, Alan featured as tour DJ on the Heineken Rollercoaster Tour covering 12 nights around Irelands and over 20,000 punters.
After the success of the Rollercoaster Tour, Alan featured as in house support act at Heineken dance music events worldwide. Club nights in Budapest, Hungary and Oslo, Norway. Two tours of Lebanon and the Middle East to launch Found @ Thirst. The climax for Alan was headlining with Oakenfold, Tong and Tiesto regularly on the Thirst circuit in both Ireland and abroad.
During this period Alan also gained a residency at The Savoy, Cork and guested at clubs including South, Waterford and The Trinity Rooms, Limerick – billing with some of the hottest names on the planet. He featured prominently on Ireland’s premier touring club weekender – Coastal Beats, and launched his own underground club night discoVERY, where the theme was a blend of DJ skills, a percussion rig and an anything goes “open mic” policy. The night ran for three years and was hugely successful, regularly hosting Irelands finest Djs.
The mid 2000’s saw a trip down under and while there Alan landed regular work at Sydneys then finest house club – Tank, and many other venues in Sydney and beyond.
While not as active in the scene as years gone by, Alan continues to play and produce house music – its what he loves most in life. 2012 saw his latest release on Redbox Records and you can catch him spinning pretty regularly in Sligo or Castlebar.
So you think youve heard house! Yes you’ve been there, done that and bought the mix tape. You’ve listened to every DJ ever mentioned on Radio 1, and you christened your firstborn Little Louis. Well maybe you havent heard it all – yet…………..
Alan never fails to deliver the freshest upfront and pumpin, funky house bliss!