"We've spent so long together over the past 15 years that we needed to go our own ways and try new things out," says Ali 'Dubfire' Shirazinia. "I'm happy that Sharam's doing what he wants and there's no animosity between us."
The most notable thing about Deep Dish's last year has been the sundering of their DJ and production marriage with both now releasing solo productions and DJing alone. But unlike many 'trial separations', Ali is adamant that this isn't simply drawing out the demise of Deep Dish as a duo.
"When we eventually come back together we'll definitely be stronger," he says. "We wanted to be considered together for the Top 100, but we've always been two distinct entities and it took time to establish Deep Dish's profile so it's not going to happen overnight with our solo stuff. But I believe our gigs and music speak for themselves."
And both Ali and Sharam's separate paths have proved equally fruitful. Whilst Sharam has gone for a more commercial but still credible house sound with his big hits 'P.A.T.T (Party All The Time)' and 'The One', Ali has gone back to his first love of techno with tunes like 'Ribcage' and 'Roadkill'.
"I've always been into techno but some of my ideas weren't always suitable to try out with Deep Dish," he explains.
Ali also released the 'Taipei' mix for Global Underground and has established his own digital-only Sci + Tek label, whilst Sharam continues to be the driving force behind their esteemed Yoshitoshi imprint.