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Ashley Wallbridge apparently ghost-produced ten Beatport No. 1s, and he’s over it

Trance and progressive heads are no doubt familiar with Ashley Wallbridge, the UK producer aligned with the likes of Armada and AVA Recordings. Even if you’re not aware of the name, though, you might’ve heard his music without realising it.

This week, Wallbridge has drummed up interest in his latest track Melody using an unconventional approach. In a “short story” posted on Twitter, the studio gun writes about his past ghostwriting assignments for big-name DJs. As Wallbridge tells it, he’s responsible for no less than ten Beatport No. 1 tracks – none of them bearing his own name. “I had to sign contracts to say I would never mention my part in those tracks,” he reveals. “If I do, I get sued.”

In 2016, Wallbridge decided he couldn’t continue “lying” to fans and himself, so he concluded “no amount of money will buy you one of my records.” Instead, he created 10 original tracks that are spliced through the tweet video. There’s no official word yet on how many will be released following Melody.

Melody is out now on Gareth Emery’s Garuda label. Emery and Wallbridge make a good team, getting together earlier this year as CVNT5 to skewer DJs who use ghost producers. In case you missed it, their “official music video” as the nightmare duo took shots at several superstars without ever mentioning any names. 

Check out Wallbridge’s “short story” on ghost production below.