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DJ, producer, label owner, and one half of the seminal house music duo Deep Dish, Sharam (born Sharam Tayebi) broke into the mainstream with his musical partner and fellow DJ Ali "Dubfire" Shirazinia on their 1998 release, Junk Science. Over the course of nearly two decades, Deep Dish became a name to be reckoned with in the electronic music scene, crafting hypnotic house and techno that preceded the aughts' EDM boom.
Eventually founding their own Deep Dish label, the pair would go on to remix tracks for some of the world's biggest pop performers, including Madonna, Dido, and the Rolling Stones. As a solo artist, Sharam hit the big time in 2006 with his remix of the Eddie Murphy classic "Party All the Time." The track became ubiquitous at that year's Ibiza holiday season, and kindled a battle among larger labels to release the track internationally. Sharam began to add a significant number of awards to his résumé, winning a Grammy in 2002 (for Dido's "Thank You") and the Ibiza DJ award in 2004. He continued to pursue the business end of music, not only running Deep Dish but heading up (also with Dubfire) Yoshitoshi Recordings and Shinichi Recordings. Deep Dish's sophomore set, George Is On, drove them further toward the top of the electronic music hierarchy, producing the hits "Flashdance" and "Say Hello," both featuring Iranian-American singer/songwriter Anousheh Khalili. Aside from a quick Essential Mix in 2008, the duo took a break from Deep Dish from 2006 to 2014, during which time they continued their own solo careers.
Sharam would curate his own Essential Mix for BBC One in 2009, which was voted Best of the Year. His debut album, Get Wild, dropped the same year and featured guest spots by Kid Cudi, Daniel Bedingfield, Tommy Lee, Rick James, and Khalili. Deep Dish returned in 2014 for another Essential Mix, as well as the premiere of their "Quincy" single. The following year Sharam released his sophomore LP, Retroactive (Yoshitoshi), another set of deep house that saw the return of collaborators Daniel Bedingfield and Khalili, as well as Alex Neri, Giorgio Moroder, Chance Caspian, and a reworking of Eurythmics' "Here Comes the Rain Again." ~ Chris True & Neil Z. Yeung
- Tehran, Iran
- 12 Aug 1970
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