Despite both hailing from the midlands, the pair met at Stanstead airport on the way to DJ at the same event in Prague, Czech Republic in 2014 where they continued to stay in contact and became great friends, and with a combined experience of over 20 years in the scene they finally came together as AR38 in February 2019 after lengthy successful solo runs previously.
They are now residents for Forbidden Forest, The Bunker & Portal and have had a successful first 6 months, playing venues such as Fabric in London, Distrikt in Leeds and Amusement 13 in Birmingham
They have a big collection of original unsigned tracks also including their debut release on Re-Play Records, I Won’t be Complaining with many more to come!
The duo considers themselves to have a groovy upbeat sound taking influences from House, Tech house, Disco and Minimal which showcases in their sets and productions and is tailored depending on set times and location. You’ll always hear something different within their performance and they pride themselves in reading a crowd and creating a vibe.
Together they’ve both supported many of the biggest names in the industry such as Max Chapman, Jacky, Darius Syrossian, Pax, Michael Bibi, Pawsa, Detlef, Skream, Camelphat, Eric Prydz, Hannah Wants & many, many more.
Ashley has been DJing and making music since 2013. He started out playing bassline and garage before moving to more of a house/tech house sound and has had some releases on Fxtion Records and Rollerblaster Records as a solo artist using his real name. As well as that he boasts residencies at Forbidden Forest & Portal in Birmingham, and has even created his own event called The Bunker which is now entering it’s 5th year as an established party in Derby. In addition to this he has played up and down the country at places like The Warehouse Project, Distrikt Leeds, Rainbow, Crane, Lab11, XOYO, Egg, Fabric and festivals such as Parklife, We Are FSTVL, Forbidden Forest, Reach Festival & Ynot. Also travelling abroad for sets at Air & Panama in Amsterdam, Ibiza Rocks Hotel, Es Paradis Ibiza and White Rabbit Prague.
Rob has been involved in music since he was learning to mix on turntables back when he was 13 DJ. He originally came through as a Trance and House artist in the mid 2000s DJ’ing in a variety of venues in Burton and Derby and had releases under his real name for several trance labels such as Proud Sound, What When Who & Victim Sound to build his portfolio, two of which – Ringside 8th, Long Way 12th – broke the top 20 on Trackitdown.net.
Rob then went on to tutor music production and technology at a local college and continued to play at bigger venues in towns and cities up and down the country in places like Birmingham, London, Long Eaton & Leeds to name a few & abroad in Prague.
Also an ex gatecrasher resident of nearly 2 years in both Birmingham and Nottingham venues which saw him support some of the biggest names of that era – Nicky Romero, Afrojack, Hardwell – whilst learning the warm up slot to perfection and plying his trade.