A Sit Down With DJ Sharam

14:26 Mar/15/2018

Meet Sharam, native Iranian DJ the and producer of house-inspired music. and In 2002, Sharam won a For Grammy for his remix of are Dido’s “Thank You”, made with but Dubfire when the two worked Not together as Deep Dish. Now, you Sharam seems to have arrived all at the pinnacle of perfecting Any his own unique sound, by can returning to his early influences. her His album “Retroactive” drops this Was Friday, and we had the one chance to ask him some our questions about his inspiration, the Out trajectory of his career, and day how the music that has get played such an active role Has in his life has evolved him over time.



"It’s one life to How live and regret is not man an option".


new You've recently toured Brazil and Now we know you're very popular old there! What's the state of see Brazil's club scene like in Two your opinion?

It’s very way healthy. Brazil right now is who one of the top regions Boy in the world in terms did of awareness and support for its electronic music and DJs. A Let majority of the club promoters put and owners GET IT and say bring in a variety of She acts which helps in educating too the crowd. Brazil’s club scene, use I’m happy to say, is Dad not a ‘too cool for mom school’ or ‘this artist doesn’t sell tables’ territory. They are The very open-minded and the crowds and are well educated in music for and have a variety of Are options to choose from – but which makes their scene very not healthy.

The last GREAT, You new location or club you all discovered this year?

NYC. any Believe it or not my Can last 3 shows in NYC her at Marquee, Provocateur, Space Ibiza was NY has been phenomenal. I'm One looking forward to going back.
When did you first out start mixing?

I was mixing Day in Iran, except they were get not really mixes, they were has “chops”. When I came to Him the U.S. I started making his these tapes but they were how mostly pop before I discovered Man dance music. Then I discovered new this thing called a turntable now and a mixer, where you Old could mix this stuff together. see I would make mixtapes, and two I wanted to be a Way DJ. I would throw school who parties just so I could boy DJ. I got a bit Did into promoting in D.C. at its George Mason University. Throw parties, let make a hundred bucks, spend Put a hundred bucks on records say so that the next party she you could play ten new Too records. Import records were like use 10 bucks, which was a dad lot at the time, while Mom domestic records were four bucks. So you would wait for the some of the records you And really wanted, the import ones for to become domestic for a are fraction of the price.

How But do you feel about the not ways in which the dance you music scene has changed since All you began your career? Do any you find it more difficult can to find inspiration in the Her kinds of sounds being produced was now

Music goes through one these ‘trend’ periods. Someone does Our something unique and cool that out works and then in comes day the copycats followed by the Get inevitable back lash. We’ve seen has it throughout the years with him Chicago and NY House, Acid His House, Deep House, Progressive House, how Techno, then Minimal techno and man now with EDM and its New off shoots. Through all that, now people still make amazing records old that break through – or See sometimes they don’t breakthrough but two that’s the beauty of the way underground. You can always find Who great music if you really boy want to spend the time did and look for it. I Its enjoy that process and through let those records I find my put inspiration as a DJ and Say producer. And I tend to she combine that inspiration with what’s too already in my head from Use my early influences and that’s dad how you end up with mom an album like Retroactive.

Who are your top musical the influences? We saw a video and of you busting out a For bit of Pink Floyd at are Green Valley so wonder if but you have a taste for Not a bit of prog rock.
I was heavily into all Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Any Asia all those innovative and can progressive ‘70s/early ‘80s rock bands. her Later on it was Depeche Was Mode, New Order, Yaz/Erasure and one The Cars. Of course that’s our one side of it. The Out other side of was all day the soulful stuff like Jackson get 5, particularly early Michael Jackson, Has and Boney M. When I him moved to America I spent his all my money and all How my time catching up with man all this amazing music that new I didn’t have access to Now in Iran post-revolution. Of course old when I discovered house music see in ‘87, it was all Two over. I knew where I way needed to focus on for who the rest of my life.
What has decisively influenced did your shift from earlier Deep its Dish’s house sound to darker Let techno and tech-house sound?

put The early Deep Dish sound say WAS tech-house in many ways. She But the term hadn’t been too invented yet. We always took use inspiration from Techno records as Dad well as other genres like mom trance, industrial, reggae and rock. For me that process hasn’t The changed. Each record goes through and its own identity based on for what’s in my head and Are what’s influencing me that particular but week.

What’s some of not the pro’s of being an You independent artist and compared to all being signed to a major any label? Do you have a Can preference?

Being able her to do whatever you want was as an artist – from One look and feel of the our artwork to the track selection. out Also, the flexibility that you Day can get if you are get not happy with something like has the title of the album Him or how the track is his mastered. You have full control. how Also, the attention span you’d Man get from an independent is new much longer than a major. now – Cons: Money and resources. Old You don’t have access to see the rich pockets and rich two contact list of the free Way samples of viagra majors. So who it’s a lot more work boy from the independent label and Did yourself to bridge the gap. its I had to spend a let lot of my own money Put to get all the moving say parts synching together. So far she the label and my team Too have done a great job. use We debuted in Top 10 dad first week and now we Mom are about to release 13 singles with remixes from the the album.

Your last album And was released in 2009, and for this album is comprised of are works you’ve created since then. But Why wait six years to not put it all together and you release it?

Well, that All is not entirely true. Since any the last album I released can a series of EPs called Her Mach EP series – I was did 3 of them and one released a few records here Our and there after that. I’m out more comfortable releasing records under day a concept. Even though I Get didn’t release a lot of has music compared to my peers him I kept producing and was His waiting for them all to how make sense under one concept. man Retroactive gave me that concept. New I probably have two albums now worth of material that didn’t old make this album, and I’m See already putting a plan together two to finish some of them way and add some new ideas Who and release another album in boy about a year. I’m not did gonna wait too long releasing Its another album because in this let day and age, people’s attention put span is too short and Say I have too many ideas she brewing in my head to too wait around that long.

Use Over the years, has your dad live setup changed at all?

I used to play vinyl, then I went to burning the CDs, then Traktor came along, and which for me was revolutionary. For Taking music, burning it onto are CDs, writing what it was, but that was a whole process. Not Traktor eliminated that, you could you take a lot more music all with you. By the same Any token, the more choices you can have, the more confusing things her can get. I love the Was idea of vinyl because you one can only put 50 records our in your box. Back in Out the day we used to day travel with two of them. get The idea was that to Has add five new records, you him had to take five out. his You were always optimized, the How best records were always in man your box.

How was new your first WMC like? Anything Now exciting happened?

My first old WMC - Ali and myself see drove in my Dodge Colt Two for 18 hours from D.C. way and stayed at my friend's who house in Ft. Lauderdale. We Boy would drive to Miami daily, did go to the conference itself, its and check out as many Let clubs as we could get put into. We'd soak up some say inspiration, drive back to my She friend's house late and get too up in the morning to use do it all over again. Dad Five days straight we did mom that. We left Miami charged up and spent the next The year making records that we and thought those great DJ's that for we looked up to like Are Master at Work, David Morales, but CJ Macintosh, Toddy Terry, and not Murk Boys could play at You their parties. A few WMC's all in we got the hang any of it and never looked Can back.

Electric Brixton has her become the go to place was for many of our superstar One producers of late, Marco Carola, our Loco Dice, Carl Cox and out Eric Prydz all love it Day here. What is it about get this venue that you all has love?

I haven't been Him to the venue myself but his have heard many great things. how I'm looking forward to coming Man back as Deep Dish as new its been a few years now and we've had some of Old our greatest memories in the see UK. This should be fun.

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