Club disc jockey Alan Simms has been dj-ing and putting on nights in Belfast for over ten years. In 1999, Simms was one of five nominees for Best DJ in the all Ireland Hotpress Music Awards and won Best DJ in the Oh Yeah Northern Ireland Dance Music Awards. In 2001, Simms was voted Best Northern Irish DJ in the Oh Yeah Dance Awards and the BBM Dance Awards. Simms has dj-ed internationally, including stints in Ibiza and throughout the U.S. Playing peak time slots at the Shine stages of Homelands Ireland and Planet Love festivals has further consolidated his position as a central Irish figure. An award for Special Contribution to Dance Music in the recent BBM Magazine, further asserts Simmsí importance to the Irish scene.
Simmsí first residency was at the now legendary after hours club Tokyo Joeís playing 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 night at the Limelight in Belfast that regularly attracted the likes of Andrew Weatherall, Slam and Justin Robertson. Simms began doing guest spots all over Ireland, building a strong reputation for himself in the process. After a change of premises and musical direction, Shine was born. This proved to be the antithesis of the purism that was rife in music at the time and provided the benchmark for Alanís dj-ing from then until this day. The emphasis was to play quality underground music that didnít take itself too seriously and gave punters the freedom to have fun and hear a variety of genres in any given night.