Releasing music under a wide range of monikers (Orion 70, o1o, Prof Delacroix) Producer/DJ/Filmmaker AYBEE (Armon Bazile) has garnered respect from all corners of the electronic music spectrum. With a versatility that is genre defiant AYBEE traverses Techno, House, Experimental, and Hip-Hop seamlessly while consistently pushing a forward leaning sound tinged with Soul.
A product of Oakland, CA, AYBEE comes from a steep family tradition of music, innovation, and artistic exploration. Seeds planted by his New Orleans based grandfather who ran a small Jazz label, and uncle who ran a short lived disco imprint “Armour” in the late 70’s. It was the uplifting power of music, and dance that pushed AYBEE to embark on the exploration of himself as an artist in the early 00’s.
In 2001 AYBEE launched Deepblak Recordings as a creative outlet for his music. Ultimately catching the attention of Legendary House DJ/Producer Ron Trent. This chance meeting led to Trent signing AYBEE to the iconic Prescription Records imprint and releasing his first 12”. Soon after AYBEE along with Trent would come together to co-found Prescription sub-label Future Vision.
Never one to stand still AYBEE has gone on to establish himself as one of the most innovative, and versatile producers around with more than a decade plus worth projects to his credit. These included his ground-breaking Ancient Tones LP (Further Records), his critically acclaimed “WORLDS LP” (Deepblak), and his collaborative LP “Sketches Of Space” with label mate Afrikan Sciences. Always bringing forward leaning rhythms to bare AYBEE’s sound palette keeps evolving in the pursuit of the deeper depths of the dance experience.
Deepblak’s ethos of meshing forward leaning production with boundless rhythmic exploration have been key tenets in development of the label. Maintaining a fresh balance between eclecticism, and what has playfully come to be described as “Free Techno”, Deepblak’s releases have found themselves championed by some of the most distinguished selectors worldwide. With openness as the mandate AYBEE has also branched out to work with other prominent labels such as; Sound Of Speed (Japan), Further Records, Atjazz Record Co., Burek, Soul People Music, Yoruba, Deeply Rooted, Soul Jazz, and Dogmatik to name a few.
Based in Berlin since 2012 he continues to evolve his sound, and creative reach via DJ, LIVE performance, and Film. Much like his sound he is always seeking an amplified dialogue with the music, and the dancer. The pursuit of a deeper understanding of this relationship serves as constant guide while presenting the music. With an impeccable body of work behind him, and new projects constantly emerging AYBEE readily pushes his sound into destinations uncharted. With a love of musical expression firmly at the helm he views his mission as an artist as simple; “Create sonic situations for us to move, and to be moved.”
AYBEE | 2016 | AYBEE Talks The Odyssey
AYBEE | 2015 | Sun Ra’s Free Space
AYBEE | 2014 | A Tale of two cities and a musical mystic
AYBEE | 2013 | CDR Berlin Q&A
AYBEE | 2012 | RINSE FM Interview and Mix with Alex Nut
AYBEE | 2012 | Halcyon Q&A
AYBEE | 2011 | Little White Earbuds podcast #101
AYBEE | 2011 | Interview CJLO 1690 Montreal w Michael Terzian | Listen | Download
AYBEE | 2011 | Feature ” Revolution of 1″ Resident Advisor
DEEPBLAK | 2010 | Interview with Friday Night Sessions | Listen | Download
AYBEE | 2009 | East Bay Express Feature “Fade To Deepblak”
AYBEE | 2009 | Interview with Popyourfunk.com
AYBEE | 2009 | Interview Friday Night Sessions
AYBEE | 2006 | Interview with Basic Soul UK