"With Deep Dish, there is a yin to a yang—the halves alternate, and sometimes one half dominates more than the other and there is conflict," says Sharam Tayebi, one half of the iconic pizza pie that is the Grammy-winning duo. "The result is always one whole thing."
Since the tag-team emerged from a long hiatus back into our lives in 2014, Sharam and Dubfire have been hitting the festival and club circuit hard as solo acts, teasing news of a potential new studio album with the release of their single "Quincy." For Sharam, who hits us this week with his brand new rolling techno heater, "HEAVi" (released on Deep Dish's Yoshitoshi Recordings), continuing to release solo work keeps him on his toes.
"Doing it solo, you sort of have to look at yourself in the mirror and resolve any creative conflict you have all by yourself," he tells THUMP. "That's the challenge and once you resolve it, it's quite gratifying."As a follow up to his 2014 tune "Tripi," released on his buddy Seth Troxler's When You Play It, Say It! imprint, this new tune embodies Sharam's approach of not giving a fuck about what people think. "'Tripi' was an idea i envisioned many years ago and it was working in my sets but i wasn't sure what to do with it," he says. "When it came out on Seth's label, a lot of people were surprised that i did the record as they thought it didn't fit the bill as far as what my 'genre' was supposed to be. I liked that. I even had EDM guys telling me they were playing it—music should always transcend genres and barriers, though we all know it doesn't always happen."
While "Tripi" was released as a challenge of sorts, "HEAVi." with its thundering techno loops, was Sharam's personal test to his prowess as a veteran producer. Not only will this track transport you to the stratosphere with its powerful synths and wacky FX, but it was actually produced, in the air. "I started to challenge myself; I wanted to make a record in one hour," he explains. "I did a show in Vancouver and had to go straight to the airport for an early flight and decided that I was going to start and finish a track by the time I landed in Chicago. It was pretty much done by the time i landed. Then I spent a long time trying to mix and fine tune it. So much for getting it done fast, right?"
While he only teases when asked about the possibility of future releases this year, he is on tour through the summer.