GRAMMY-winning electronic music producer & DJ, Sharam arrives today (October 23) with a new single titled “Exodus (Pin Drop Mix)” for his Washington, DC-based label Yoshitoshi. The song features James Baldwin’s remarks from his famous 1965 debate with William F Buckley at Cambridge University regarding race in America, bringing together speech and poetry over house grooves.
Listen to “Exodus (Pin Drop Mix)” here: Yo.lnk.to/YR278A
Sharam—who immigrated to the United States from Iran when he was a child– learned about the Black American experience through house music sampling prominent figures. “Pop culture was my pathway to learning about American culture and to understanding the language. I had an insatiable appetite for discovering new music, almost an obsession, which led me to become a DJ and producer. I recall a few tracks I came across in the record stores early on featuring the spoken word,” says Sharam. “Little did I know that those songs were serving as an educational device for me and so many others. I was introduced to Martin Luther King Jr. and to Maya Angelou opening my eyes and ears to the civil rights movement.”
Reimagining his 2019 instrumental techno track “Exodus”—Sharam recreated a new and groovy house jam, tapping the James Baldwin speech hoping to help educate others in the same way. “His powerful words illustrate the divide in accomplishing the American dream, something that is still present in today’s world and something that has resonated with me,” shares Sharam.
Proceeds will go to Hampshire College’s James Baldwin Scholars Program, a fund which supports students who have great potential but who, because they have attended under-resourced and underperforming schools, might otherwise lose the opportunity to attend college.
Sharam’s unique production style, along with a diverse list of accomplishments in the international charts and underground realms, has solidified him as a true non-conformist and innovator in dance music for over 20 years. The GRAMMY Award-winning producer continuously reimagines his sound and style, which are rooted in his belief that forward motion is only possible through the cross-pollination of styles and influences.
Sharam has never been afraid to push the boundaries to their limits and as DJ Mag puts it, “…you could never accuse Sharam of repeating the same trick over and over.” As such, the expansive and prolific artist’s last two LP’s have both showcased his style and taste in different ways; “Retroactive” saw him connecting with all of his musical influences from a storied career, while “Collecti” forged Sharam’s return to his techno roots with over eighty minutes of blistering and dark original tracks.
While Sharam is a master of production, it is arguable that his presence in the DJ booth is even greater. His sets are a journey through sound, with a razor-sharp focus on quality and an obsessive attention to entertaining both the purists and the unassuming. From the main stage at renowned festivals to iconic clubs like Warung in Brazil and local gems around the world, Sharam has the ability to captivate crowds of all sizes until the lights come on.
When he’s not on the road or in the studio, Sharam is helming his distinguished record label, Yoshitoshi, which is still a force in the industry after more than a quarter century of music, and was named among Mixmag’s Top 50 Labels of the Decade (No.24) in 2017.