Al MacKenzie started out dj’ing at various warehouse parties around London in the late eighties. His big break came after running several successful parties at the notorious Brain Club in 1990. He then moved on to be resident at the legendary Love Ranch In Leicester Square. He was also one of Danny Rampling’s resident djs at his Pure night at the Milk Bar- a true honour for Al. During this time he formed a musical partnership with Peter Cunnah and D:ream was born. They captured the number one spot in the U.S. and U.K. dance charts in mid-1992 with their first single, ‘U R The Best Thing’. The follow up single, ‘Things can Only Get Better’ hit No.1 on the UK and several charts worldwide 1994 when re-released. Their first album, ‘D:ream On Vol 1’, went platinum in the UK. During this period they remixed EMF’s ‘They’re Here’ which was included on the first seminal Renaissance Mix Collection CD and Duran Duran’s ‘Drowning Man’ which made No 1 in the US Billboard dance charts. Baby June’s classic ‘Hey! What’s Your Name’ was also one of their remixes.
At this time Al was dj’ing at some of the finest clubs all over the world, including, Back To Basics, Miss Moneypenny’s, Cream, Up Yer Ronson, Clockwork orange, Gatecrasher, Love To Be and Rise. He left the band to pursue his dj career whilst still doing the odd remix, including Helicopter’s classic ‘On Ya Way’ and his own Kitsch In Sync project which was signed to Polydor’s Hi Life.
He then moved to Birmingham setting up the very successful Retroforward, bringing in some of the world’s finest djs to the 2nd city that had previously never appeared there- Rui da Silva, Switch, Nathan Coles, Giles Smith amongst those names. He bought the venue and got into restaurant/club management. It was, however, not for him.
Fast forward a few years and after chance meeting with his old partner in D:ream, he decided to sell up in Birmingham and get back to London. The new D:ream album came out in March 2011 with the lead single ‘Gods In The Making’ out in February. He also did remixes for Reza, Alan Prosser, Eric Ericksson and Jay Kay in 2010. 2011 see many new remixes due including his mix of Sub Sub’s seminal ‘Aint No Love, Aint No Use’. He also has a new label starting with his own EP released on it, many dj gigs and a band tour so it’s looking like it’s going to be a busy rest of year for him.
Al plays house music, whatever moves his soul. He doesn’t like to pigeon-hole genres, just plays great music. He also loves to play funk, disco, ska, reggae and all sorts of sounds that have influenced his dance sets to this day. Whatever it is, its got to have soul.
D:Ream UR The Best Thing UK no 3 (Magnet/Warners/FXU) (Gold disc)
Things Can Only Get Better UK no 1 (platinum disc)
Unforgiven UK no 29
I Like It/Star UK no 26
Take Me Away UK no 17
Blame It On Me Uk no 25
LP D:ream On Vol1 LP (Warners) Uk no 5 (platinum disc)
Kitsch In Sync Jazzma’ass (Global Grooves) 1994
Kitsch In Sync Another Night/Another Day (Hi Life/Polydor)1995
Bottom Dollar You Can’t Turn Around (Olympic/Emotive USA/EMI) Writing/production 1994
Gorgie Rd Funkers Problems EP (Fabric) 2000
D:Ream All Things To All Men (USERecords) 2009
D:Ream Gods In The Making (Userecords) 2011
LP D:Ream In Memory Of… (Userecords ) 2011
Baby June Hey! What’s your Name (Brassneck mix) (Arista) 1992
EMF They’re Here (D:Ream’s dream) (EMI) 1993
EMF It’s You (EMI) 1993
Duran Duran Drowning Man (D:reamix) (EMI) 1993
Debbie Harry I Can See Clearly Now (D:reamix) (Chrysalis) 1993
Helicopter On Ya Way (All Kitsch’d Up Mix) (Helicopter) 1994
Bottom Dollar You Can’t Turn Around (Al’s Transtastic Voyage) (Olympic/Emotive USA/EMI) 1994
Tyrell Corporation Better Days (Cooltempo) Production 1994
Alan Prosser – Here We Go (D:Reamix) (Southern Lights Recordings) 2009
Funk Believers – Phunk Me (D:reamix) (Dee Cee Ess) 2010
Reza – No Man (Rezanation) 2010
Jay Kay – Give Your Love (Kinky Vinyl) 2010
D:ream – Drop Beats Not Bombs (Brassneck Dub) TBA 2010
D:ream – I’ll Be Your Dog (Al’s discoteque Dub) TBA 2010
North Beach – Changes (Brassneck Mix) (Kant Records) 2010
Alan Prosser Tech Me Out (Malfunction) 2010
D:Ream – Gods in The Making (Al Mackenzie’s Old Skool Jam) 2011
Benjani – El Fuego (Al Mackenzie’s Lazy Remix) (ODA Germany) 2011
Awesome 3 – Don’t Go (Al Mackenzie’s Lazy Remix) (Axis) 2011