DJ Ali ‘Dubfire’ Shirazinia Shares Immigration Story in Above Ground Level: Dubfire in Exclusive Clip

The poster for directors Michael Koczynski and Mino Kodama’s music documentary, ‘Above Ground Level: Dubfire.’
Photo Courtesy: Gravitas Ventures

Emigrating to a foreign country, whose culture is vastly different from the lifestyle and values from what a person is accustomed to in their homeland, can be a challenging process for them. But DJ Ali ‘Dubfire’ Shirazinia has realized, and embraced, that he was able to pursue his passion for music as a career, because is family moved to American from Iran when he was a child. That recognition is presented in the new music documentary, ‘Above Ground Level: Dubfire.’ In honor of the film’s recent release on VOD and iTunes by Gravitas Ventures, Shockya is debuting an exclusive clip, which is titled ‘Immigrant Story,’ from project

‘Above Ground Level: Dubfire’ was directed by Michael Koczynski and Mino Kodama?. It gives unprecedented access to the life of Shirazinia, who’s known professionally as Dubfire and is one-half of the Grammy Award-winning duo Deep Dish. The movie features candid interviews with the musician’s relatives and childhood friends, as well as such iconic EDM DJs and producers as David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, Pete Tong, Paul Oakenfeld, Carl Cox and Nervo. It also offers an insider’s look into what it’s like to be an electronic music artist from Above Ground Level.

The documentary showcases how Dubfire, who’s Iranian-American, has established himself as one of the world’s most revered and eminent DJs and producers. But the road to success was not an easy one. His story began in Iran, where his happy childhood took an abrupt detour when the country was thrown into turmoil by the 1979 Iranian Revolution and subsequent Iran-Iraq war. His family left Iran during the Revolution, and relocated to the United States, where Ali acclimated to his new country and soon found a passion in music.

For more information on ‘Above Ground Level: Dubfire,’ visit the film’s official website, as well as its Facebook and Twitter pages.

Karen Benardello :As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.