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.
Fast forward a few years and after chance meeting with his old partner in D:ream a new D:ream album came out in March 2011 with the lead single ‘Gods In The Making’. He has also done remixes for Reza, Alan Prosser, Eric Ericksson and Jay Kay plus his remix of Sub Sub’s seminal ‘Aint No Love, Aint No Use’.
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.