Club DJ Alan Simms has been djing and putting on nights in Belfast for ten years. In 1999 he won "Best DJ" in the Oh Yeah Northern Ireland Dance Music Awards. Playing peak time slots at the Shine stages at Homelands Ireland and Planet Love 2000 festivals, as well as receiving an award for "special contribution to dance music" in the BBM Magazine Dance Awards, further established Alan Simms as a central figure in the Irish scene. Alan broadened his horizons in 2000 to include stints in the U.S. and at Cream in Ibiza.
Simms' first residency was at the legendary after hours club, Tokyo Joe's, where he played a mixture of early Chicago house, Detroit techno and balearic mixed up with hardcore. As the scene splintered, he moved in the direction of pure, funky techno and started the Different Drum at the Limelight in Belfast. This regularly attracted the likes of Andrew Weatherall, Slam and Justin Robertson. This ran successfully for about two years and Simms began doing guest spots all over Ireland, building a strong reputation in the process. Just when the Different Drum was at its height, a change of premises and musical direction was called for and Shine was born. Shine proved to be the antithesis of the purism that was rife in music at the time and provided the benchmark for his djing from then until this day. The emphasis at Shine now is to play quality underground music that doesn't take itself too seriously and gives punters the freedom to have fun and hear a variety of genres on any given night.