ubb-an’s rapid rise to prominence as a DJ, producer and one of the most exiting new British live acts of recent years is testament to his hard work, natural talent and wholehearted commitment to electronic music. Named as DJ Magazines ‘Best Breakthrough DJ’ in their 2011 end of year awards, Subb-an’s prodigious studio talents have seen him release on Crosstown Rebels, Spectral Sound and more while delivering much lauded remixes of Jamie Woon, Noir & Haze and more over recent months.
This success hasn’t been earned overnight. At just 24 years old, Ashique ‘Subb-an’ Subhan has done much more in his career in dance music than many artists twice his age. He first started DJing when he was just fourteen years old and enrolled on a digital music production course at the age of sixteen. Since then he hasn’t looked back, graduating with a top degree in sound design from Birmingham City Uni in 2009. Subb-an, along with best friends Adam
Shelton and Lee McDonald, founded Below, one of the UK’s most cherished underground clubbing institutions. Drawing inspiration from summers spent at DC10 in Ibiza, Below has become a staple in the underground dance scene for Birmingham since 2005. During this time, the main constant at Below has been Subb-an, the club’s star resident who quickly became a local hero, never ceasing to impress with his innovative DJing skills and occasional live sets made up of a mixture of his own productions and re-edits of his favourite tracks from other artists.
The 2008 release of his debut track ‘Italia’ earned widespread praise from Mixmag, DJ Mag and IDJ and quickly gained support from some of figureheads of the industry. Four years later, Subb-an’s discography reads like a “Who’s Who” of underground house and techno’s biggest labels with his forthcoming releases. As a result of his highly praised production output, Subb-an was named the third most charted artist of 2011 on Resident Advisor.