Arielle Free's meteoric rise in the dance music industry is an earnest one. From humble beginnings, the young Glaswegian has grafted for many years dedicating herself to her talent, constantly evolving. Fast forward to 2023 and Arielle has become a key figure in the music world, continuing to shape the musical landscape around her and every bit influential as she is undisputed. Arielle is often referred to as Scotland's answer to Annie Mac, which is an easy comparison to make. Yet dig a little deeper and it's easy to see how Arielle is carving out her own space in dance music...
Cutting her teeth in her formative years as the host of Ministry of Sound's Radio Drive Time back in 2014/16, Arielle began to gain momentum and caught the attention of the BBC. In 2018, Arielle was brought in to cover Saturday's Dance Anthems, making a lasting impression which reinforced her claim to a highly coveted Radio 1 spot. It wasn't long before she gained the favor of the BBC who promoted her to Early Breakfast host alongside becoming the daytime face of Radio 1 Dance in 2020.
That same year, having already become one of the UK's leading broadcasting and presenting talents, Arielle burst onto the club scene with performances at Printworks, Creamfields, Parklife, Glastonbury, Lovebox & TRNSMT, not to mention her debut Ibiza gig for the Radio 1 Weekend alongside Camelphat, Kolsch, Annie Mac, Danny Howard & Solardo. Arielle ended the year on a high with her most significant set to date, closing the Edinburgh Hogmanay Street Party for a crowd of over ten thousand revelers.
The year 2022 saw her deep in the studio honing her craft, where she collated a collection of tunes that would establish her as a figurehead and driving force in the dance music world. She joined D4 D4NCE for her debut production 'Soul Full' collaborating with a well known Bristolian duo known for their weighty releases on the likes of FFRR and Anjunadeep, who went under a new alias Mortimer .This release showed the world that she was just as good a producer as she is a DJ delivering an uplifting track brimming with joy; which demonstrated unstoppable energy and dominated dancefloors and sound systems all around. The track peaked at #3 on the Cool cuts chart, featured on BeatPort's 'Our Radar' and had press from mixmag , wonderland and a feature in the highly respected Complex.
This led Arielle into a summer full of highs playing sets far and wide pioneering incredible moments at the best venues in dance. Arielle landed a residency at Hi Ibiza for David Guetta's new weekly Future Rave show, which saw her spend 18 weeks domineering the decks providing the ultimate party to eager ravers ultimating in a DJ Mag feature surrounding her residency! As well as this she effortlessly got people dancing at Creamfields, Parklife, Snowbombing ,Hideout and was hand picked by Calvin Harris to support his huge homecoming gig At Hampden Park Stadium in front of a forty eight thousand deep crowd.Diving deeper Arielle also took to the ANTS stage at Ushuaia to show off her darker side joining the ANTS Invasion.
Following on from her debut release, TV appearances and epic festival sets, she teamed up with Edible Records, run by Eats Everything who needs no introduction in the dance world, to gift us with 'You Can't Stop Me.' This contagious release had support from Chris Lake, Fisher, Claptone, Matisse, Dombresky and PAX to name a few and was heavily supported across Radio 1 along with ample DSP support. Influential, aspirational and undoubtedly one of the hardest working women in the scene, Arielle Free has constantly pushed herself from radio dj, to club dj, to label owner, to producer and beyond!