“… There is a huge gab between something like EDM and something like deep house. And that’s okay, different strokes for different folks.”
Sharam was the closing set in the Technodome at Brrrr Winter Music Festival. Toronto was one stop among the many of his “My Way” tour, named after one of his more recent releases, an underground anthem and current favorite track of ours. Sharam arrives at Brrrr as Lee Foss spun before him, sipping on a bottle of Stella and keeping a very cool calm collected demeanour. When it is his turn to step onto the decks, Sharam immediately commands the crowd’s attention.
It is no surprise that we were excited to talk to the veteran producer. After his set we mutually agreed to go about the interview in an organic way, outside the green room and within Brrrr’s post whirlwind brightly-lit Technodome. It was only natural that there were minor disruptions throughout the filming of our interview, like a stack of water bottles falling, the Brrrr Festival crew trying to break dow the stage in the background, and Sharam’s agent attempting to call quits on the conversation because of the urgency he felt getting Sharam to his after party set at Ryze. Regardless, as we powered through our ‘in-the-raw’ interview I found out that Sharam is far away from taking himself too seriously and is a laid back individual more than happy to let us in on his scope of knowledge about the music industry.
How are you doing today?
Pretty good, how are you?
I am pretty well, pretty well. I was just wondering since you’ve been in this industry a very long time, when was the first time you were in Toronto?
Wow that’s a good question. Uhh… I think it had to do with some party at the Guvernment.
Were you here as Sharam or here as Deep Dish?
I think at the time it was Deep Dish.
Nice. So you’re a very interesting persont o talk to because you’ve been in this game for a long time. I think you understand music in the underground, music in the overground… the popular music scene. You’ve been nominated for Grammy’s, you’ve won a Grammy before, you remixed Madonna’s song “Music” and produced “She Came Along” with Kid Cudi. You have made crossover anthems like the classic “Party All the Time” and you’ve also just recently produced “My Way”, which is an underground anthem. How do you keep yourself so fresh, never stale, and always moving forward?
I don’t really follow trends I keep an open mind to things. I just do things my own way, you know what I mean? Pun not intended at all Haha. It’s whatever inspires me, I don’t really limit myself to okay: I just did this record so now I need to continue here. If i had donte that I would probably be in a better place but I’m happy with where I’m at. Musically speaking, I’ve had the freedom to do whatever I want. I’ve been able to play an underground set, or play something more vocally. I’m fortunate enough to have fans that kind of know that and come along, and I like to keep it that way.
Yeah again it’s about getting inspired being a DJ. Like tonight Lee Foss was playing and he played some tunes that I was like wow you know, this is some good stuff. So yeah it’s about keeping an open mind and getting inspired wherever the expression comes. It could be at a place like this where people before you play something you like or it could be when you’re watching TV and a song comes on. So I just try to keep an open mind.
On the topic of sort of underground versus popular music, do you think there is truly a binary divide between the two?
Yes, girls do love vocal samples. Someone should drop a little Mariah Carey vocal in the middle of a Tessela track.
David Morales used to do re-dubs of Mariah Carey it was called “Red Zone Dubs” and it was unbelievable. You’d play them and there would be this deep, luscious record with vocal content. It would be like holyyy and people would go crazy. So you know I think people appreciate that. Really even today, you can play whatever record and just drop a hint of a vocal in there. People love that.
Shortly after our interview Sharam announced something that everyone’s been wondering: Deep Dish reunion? The answer: YES! Sharam and Dubfire are reuniting to play in Miami’s Ice Palace Studio’s during WMC 2014. See you all there.