With his collaboration with Ali “Dubfire” Shirazinia—Deep Dish—on an indefinite hiatus, the Washington, D.C.-based DJ is gearing up to release another solo record, and this time, it’s all about high-octane house. Before the release hits the streets, Sharam talks to Vegas Seven about his solo gig at Wet Republic, and life on the open road.
As a DJ, how do you view Labor Day in Las Vegas—is it a great excuse to party or another day at the office?
It’s kind of like a music conference. A lot of different DJs come around, so for me it’s an opportunity to showcase my music and also to go check out other DJs that I wouldn’t usually be able to see perform … just to get the flavor of what everybody’s up to, what everybody’s playing, and see how people are reacting. It’s kind of like a working vacation.
Which DJs do you hope to see while you’re in town?
Usually I make a point of going to see [Erick] Morillo. He always puts on a great show, and I always have a great time and enjoy what he’s doing. [Morillo plays Tao on Sept. 5.]
You’ve reached the point in your career where you can pick and choose your gigs. Why did you decide to play Wet Republic this Labor Day weekend?
Wet Republic is one of the mainstays for me—I always have such a great time there. I’m looking forward to the drink that Zee [Zandi, Angel Management Group’s special events marketing manager and Vegas’ undisputed Queen of House] usually prepares for me, which is basically pear juice and Patrón. It sounds odd, but it’s amazing.
So tell us about this new record of yours.
My new album is another concept album. My last album, Get Wild, was all about the Wild West … and this one is inspired by racing and American muscle cars.
Then you must have found plenty of inspiration earlier this year, when you drove from Niagara Falls to New York as part of the Gumball 3000 international car rally. What was that like?
Traditionally, people that participate in this kind of race, they bring the latest super car—Ferrari or Bugatti or Lamborghini or something like that—and I thought it would be cool to bring in a classic American muscle car and showcase that and also represent the album through that. … I got a 1970 Dodge [Coronet] Super Bee Hemi … [and] I made a track called “Super Bee,” one of my favorite tracks.
Last year it was the Wild West, and this year it’s the open road. Is there a pattern forming?
Ha! From riding horses to riding cars! The theme is riding, so as long as I’m riding something, I’ll continue to do these.
That begs the question, if you weren’t riding the DJ wave, per se, what would you be doing? Or, better yet, what did you do before music paid the bills?
I managed a shoe store, so I’m pretty good with women’s shoes and anything to do with footwear. It comes in handy once in a while.