Axwell’s Axtone welcomes Ali Story with her debut single ‘Smile’
Ali Story returns with a debut on Axtonefor her new single, Smile, following her release on Club Sweat with Wheels of Motion.
Ali Story (AKA Marie) has made a name for herself in the house music scene over the last couple of years. Pre-pandemic, she could be found performing at venues such as Ministry of Sound, Egg & Basing House, Sankeys, Paradiso, and ABODE in the Park (to name a few), while her debut single, Dance Much with Jaded, charted at No.7 on the Beatport Tech House Chart.
Smile is a dance weapon perfect for airwaves and (long-awaited) club nights alike, featuring addictive vocal chops that soar over traditional house piano chords and prominent synth structures.
. @AliStoryDJ debut single ‘SMILE’ has landed!! We're super excited about this one. 🙂
Her most recent single, Wheels of Motion, received a UK House Music Spotify addition as well as spins at BBC Radio 1 and Kiss Dance, and she has released tracks on Toolroom for inclusion in their various House Party compilations. Marie, a classically trained musician who grew up in Castlewellan, Northern Ireland, toured extensively with an orchestra, but her love for electronic music blossomed when she moved to London and immersed herself in the club and festival scene. Marie quickly realized that this was her true calling and switched string quartets for synths, collaborating with artists such as Jaded, Malone, and Monoky from the get-go.
Ali Story’s sound, which is rooted in her Northern Irish heritage and classical training, incorporates instruments such as the violin and piano into her modern tech-house style, and Smile is no exception.
In the midst of a global pandemic, I had the chance get my head down in the studio and dust off my old instruments. Playing the piano and violin again purely for fun after many years brought a genuine smile to my face. This feeling and the emotions surrounding re-connecting with both family and friends during such a crazy time inspired both the instrumental and the message that became “smile”. This summer, we’ll hopefully get to play out these messages and I’m hoping “smile” will be the theme tune for many reconnections. – Ali Story