Ashley Beedle
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Ashley Beedle
Ashley Beedle
Born (1962-11-25) 25 November 1962 (age 55)
Hemel Hempstead, England
Genres House Reggae Soul music
DJ Producer Remixer

Ashley Beedle (born 25 November 1962, Hemel Hempstead, England) is a British music DJ, producer and remixer. People often confuse him for being of Asian origin, but his mother is from Barbados and his father was from the UK.

Ashley Beedle first began DJing in the early 1980s and made a name for himself during the heyday of Acid House. After hearing Norman Jay on the pirate radio station KISS FM, he became more interested in deep disco and in the early 1990s, he teamed up with Rob Mello and John Howard to form the first incarnation of the Black Science Orchestra, signed to the legendary dance label, Junior Boys Own. Together they released several classic club hits in the 1990s 'Where Were You?' and 'Strong' with Uschi Classen and Marc Woodford replacing John Howard and Rob Mello on Philadelphia' and 'New Jersey Deep' as well as the high acclaimed debut album 'Walter's Room' in 1994.

While working with the Black Science Orchestra, Ashley started another project known as The Ballistic Brothers with Dave Hill, Uschi Classen and Rocky & Diesel spawning the 'Ballistic (with one L) Brothers vs The Eccentric Afros' Pt 1 & 2 plus 'Blacker' and the 1995 LP, 'London Hooligan Soul'. In 1997, the Ballistic Brothers released their second album, 'Rude System' while at the same time, Ashley was working on a multitude of projects including Black Jazz Chronicles, Roots Revolutions and Rising Sunz with Uschi Classen and Phil Asher .

Running parallel with the Ballistic Brothers, Ashley was active in the group X-Press 2, which consisted of Beedle, Rocky and Diesel. They performed using 6 decks and 3 CDJ players, had global dance chart action through the nineties and noughties with tracks such as 'Muzik Xpress', 'Say What' and 'London Xpress'. They charted at number 2 in the UK Top 20 with 'Lazy', a collaboration with Talking Heads' David Byrne earning Ashley an Ivor Novello award. X-Press 2 also released two albums, 'Muzikisum' and 'Makeshift Feelgood'.

Continuing to remix and produce acts from the late 90's onwards, Ashley released the outstanding 'Grass Roots' compilation in 1999 and remixed Bent's 'Always' in 2001, The Streets 'Weak Become Heroes' in 2002 and 'Magic Love' in 2003. Running his own labels to showcase his productions including Soundboy Entertainment, Afroart, Ill Sun, Out Hear Audio and Modern Artifacts, Ashley released his epic edit of Kate Bush's 'Running Up That Hill' on Modern Artifacts in 2011.

In 2005, Beedle remixed Bob Marley's "Get Up, Stand Up" with Damian "Junior Gong" Marley's "Welcome to Jamrock" to create the mash-up 'Stand Up Jamrock (Ashley Beedle Remix)' for the Bob Marley compilation album 'Africa Unite: The Singles Collection'. The track went on to chart at #1 on the Jamaican National Charts. Working with veteran reggae singer Horace Andy, Ashley released the 'Inspiration Information' album as part of the Strut/K7 2009 series of the same name.

In 2014, Ashley started his own label, Back To The World signing Adamski as the first artist under his 'Fleas on Skis' moniker. Subsequent signing include Crazy Godz (Ashley Beedle & Darren Morris), Serbian producer/DJ Igor Jadranin and electronic dance artist Waterson who scored a massive dance hit with 'Tell Me'. With remixes by KDA, Kenny Dope, Lay-Far, Severino & Nico and Waterson, 'Tell Me' remains one of the biggest dance releases of 2015. Future releases include the debut LP of Waterson and the Afrikanz on Marz conceptual project.

Since 2015, Ashley has been working as part of the 'North Street' remix collective with North Street Studio One owner and musical genius, Darren Morris and Ramrock Records/F*CLR boss, Jo Wallace as well as solo remixes. His biggest dance remix success in 2017 was Mama's monumental 9 minute plus 'Unmask Me', championed by Andrew Weatherall as his Convenza Festival closing track.

Beedle is referenced in the Daft Punk song "Teachers."



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