Aaron Albano (born January 1, 1972), better known by his stage name Ming (stylized as MING), is a Grammy Nominated American record producer, song writer and DJ. MING rose to prominence during the American drum and bassand turntablist movements in the late 1990s alongside DJs such as Z-Trip, DJ Spooky, The Beat Junkies, J-Boogie and DJ Craze.
MING was one half of the experimental hip-hop and turntablist duo Ming + FS[ (Founded in 1996). The duo used breakbeats as the foundation for most of their work, but were best known for eschewing musical boundaries, freely incorporating elements of house, electro and drum and bass into their music. They dubbed this smashed-up style “junkyard”, a moniker that got picked up in dance music press, and on their own releases (like 1998’s “Junkyard Drum ‘n’ Bass”). Over the course of a decade, Ming + FS performed over 1,000 live shows in the United States and abroad. The pair released three albums on San Francisco based Om Records(: Hell’s Kitchen,[ The Human Condition and Subway Series. Ming + FS also released a five song EP Applied Pressure on Sound Gizmo Records and a fourth album on NYC based Spun Records entitled Back to One, as well as many singles on their own Madhattan Studios label. In 2003, MING co-wrote five songs on Toby Lightman’s debut record Little Things on Lava Records a subsidiary of Atlantic Records.
In 2006, MING opened his own label and music production company, Hood Famous Music (HFM), which he co-runs with Jumpshot, in New York City. MING has produced remixes for Beyoncé, Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and developed artists such as Michael ‘ Big Mike’ Lynche, fourth place finisher on season 9 of American Idol. Michael Lynche – What Would You Say was licensed for the film Madea Goes to Jail
In 2007, he opened Habitat Music which focuses on music for film, television and movie.
In 2010 MING wrote a monthly column in Electronic Musician magazine called Production Central which focussed on record production technics. He also had a monthly video blog on ElectronicMusician.com that was part artists interviews and part recording technics.
In 2011, MING began regularly releasing electro house singles on HFM. In 2012 he released MING+2beeps KING KONG EP on Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records.
In 2014, he released a trap and bass EP entitled “Blackout” on Datsik’s Firepower Records”. In 2015, he was nominated for a Grammy for Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical for his remix of Crossfingers – Falling Out feat. Danny Losito.
MING has produced original music for top television series including CSI: NY, CSI: Miami, Sex and the City, Showtime’s Weeds, BBC America’s series Dinner Take All, and the BBC/TLC series Travel Spies. MING has also created commercial scores for Sears, Nissan, Burger King, Nokia, AT&T, Doritos and Chevy (note MING’s cameo in the Nissan commercial).
Aaron Albano, Dj / Producer / Radio Presenter