Exclusive Interview: Sharam Jey

This week we have very special guest, Sharam Jey in our Artist Spotlight. Sharam began his music industry career in the early 90’s. In 2012 he started his latest record label, Bunny Tiger, which made its way into the Beatport Top 10 in the first year. Check out the interview we did with Sharam below. You can see Sharam Jey live at #Afterlife in Chicago on Saturday, February 20th. RSVP here: https://www.housemusicsavedmylife.com/ticket/sharam-jey-afterlife/

How did you first begin Djing/Producing?
Well, I stared Djing when I was 16-17. First just at school parties. But quickly when I was about 18 I started doing this professionally, I played a mixture of rock, hip hop and electronic dance music of the 80s at first. Until in the late 80s, early 90s this whole new sound got me and I knew that was the music I wanted to play…

Who is your biggest influence(s)?
I grew up in the 80s, so my influences and heroes musical-wise were Funkadelic and Prince. But also bands like Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, or the Beastie Boys.

What’s your favorite record of all time?
Prince “Purple Rain” and Beastie Boys “License To ill”

What was your favorite party of all time that you have played?
Luckily had a the chance to play on so many parties and venues so it’ s a bit difficult to choose one specifically. It would not be fair to mention one and forget the others.

Tell us a little bit about your record label, Bunny Tiger. What upcoming releases do you have lined up? What are your future plans for the label?
We started the label about 4 years ago as a small imprint which would be all about my own music and productions by close friends. Actually we did not expect such great reactions but we are of course very happy with the feedback we get.

Currently we have our new compilation out called „Bunny Tiger Selection Vol. 7“ followed by new material to follow to celebrate our 4 year anniversary.

What’s the most embarrassing thing thats happened to you at a show?
Of course a lot of things happen, eg. going to the restrooms in a fully crowded club and not getting back to the desks in time.

What do you like to do when you’re not working on music/DJing?
I am really busy at the moment touring, promoting and producing but in my free time I love cooking, meeting with friends and of course being with my family.

How has your sound changed from the beginning of your career to your current productions?
Of course I am doing music for such long time and it changed a lot but in the end it is still all about house.

What do you think will be the next big thing in EDM?
Absolutely no idea actually. As we are not really following the whole  EDM thing. But I am sure that our new compilation „Bunny Tiger Selection Vol. 7“ which is full of deep, tech-house, Nudisco stuff, is out now.

What do you think about all these “frauds” in the EDM scene using ghost producers, buying likes and purchasing their own tracks on Beatport?
Of course, I am not such a fan of that. But these kind of  “frauds” will always be there. But I think originality and quality will come out on top.

Is there any upcoming releases/shows we should keep an eye out for?
As I already mentioned our newest compilation „Bunny Tiger Selection Vol. 7“ is out now. Plus in April we will also have a compilation out on our sublabel Bunny Tiger Dubs which features a more tech house oriented style.

And I am looking forward to my upcoming shows in North America this February and in the next months. This is one of my personal highlights for this year.

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