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INTERVIEW: Established house DJ/producer Sharam Jey

Hi Sharam, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’m doing very good, thanks for asking. I’ve recently returned back from the first part of my Invisible Tour in Brazil and really looking forward to hit the road again in Mexico next month.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Lost”?

This is the first single from my upcoming album “Invisible”. It features the wonderful KLP from Australia. I’ve always loved her voice and I think she gives the song a whole new dimension. The track is the perfect teaser to give people a hint on what to expect from the album. It has this full 80s inspired synth melody – these sounds played a big role in the beginning of my career and are still a big part in my music.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

No, not any in particular. It just has always been a wish to produce an album featuring these sounds I mentioned. And, as I said, especially this song is the perfect introduction to the album.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

I liked the work from Stefano (the director) which I think is super unique. And, to have Kristy on the video was a spontaneous idea because she was in Berlin and so we did some shots of her. Unfortunately, I was on tour at the time and couldn’t be included but I’m really proud of the result and think it looks stunning.

The single comes off your new album Invisible – what’s the story behind the title?

This was actually just my gut feeling. The track “Invisible“ has always been one of my favourites. First up, it was supposed to feature vocals but somehow it didn’t fit so it will probably only an album track.

How was the recording and writing process?

My goal with this album was to not to follow a trend in the first place but to put together my vision and musical influences. Some of the tracks are actually from sessions for my last album so their 8 years old but I thought they fit much better now.

How have Giorgio Moroder and Daft Punk influenced your music?

They are very important musicians for everybody in the electronic music scene. Without Giorgio Moroder and his sounds, disco would not have had such an impact and Daft Punk really gave house a new push with their innovative input. So, both are very important for me and most musicians doing club music.

Your LP boasts some special guests such as Little Boots, Dirty Vegas, KLP, Kat, Dacia Bridges and Ashibah – did you handpick them or how did they come on board?

As I said, some of the tracks are from 8 years ago. For example Dacia’s song has been recorded for my last album but it fits perfect to the sound of “Invisible“. Sure I finalized and newly mixed it but the basic song is from 2009. The other collaborations were actually pretty simple to choose. I just asked those artists whose voice and work I like and fit to the overall sound of the album.

What did they bring to the table?

At first I worked on these songs myself and when I had the finished tracks I started to contact some of my favourite vocalists. Then they added their ideas and vocals.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you’re collaborating with someone else rather than on your own?

Of course it’s a different result if at first I work alone and then have someone sing vocals to the finished track (like with this album) or working with someone directly in the studio. Then it is a more evolutionary thing. 

As you keep gaining more success – does that put any pressure on you as you release new material?

No, fortunately not. I try to not put pressure on myself musically and just produce what I like. It’s club music and if you’re DJ-ing every weekend, you’ll get inspiration constantly. So no pressure.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Actually I get inspiration basically everywhere. Your whole life can deliver inspiration, right!? For example my kids are a huge inspiration for me. They did help me to find a name for my new label I’ve been working on for about a year. Now it will be called Elly Fly.

Any plans to hit the road?

Of course. I am touring now. As I said, I am just back from Brazil and will return to Mexico and Australia later this year. I also have another huge South America tour at the end of the year.

What else is happening next in Sharam Jey’s world?

2018 is actually a pretty big year for me as my label Bunny Tiger will celebrate its 5th anniversary. Those last 5 years have been amazing because we never thought we’d be so successful with a somewhat small label. And, to mark this occasion we will have a big compilation out at the end of the year. It will feature the biggest hits newly re-mixed.

Watch the music videos HERE (Lost) & HERE (Fridaycity)

Beatport buy link HERE + Apple Music preview HERE

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