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As part of the most successful American DJ duo in history (Washington, D.C.,'s Deep Dish), Sharam has had his fingers in a horde of glossy dance-pop remixes ranging from Dido to Diddy. Now that Sharam has put his Deep Dish dreams on hiatus to pursue a solo career, he's again turned to reviving nostalgic pop gems as contemporary dance hits. His latest joint is "Party All the Time," a redux of Eddie Murphy's 1985 hit. On Sharam's version, the DJ forgoes his signature trance-house existentialism in favor of carefree camp.
"Everyone always comes to Miami with a serious record," Sharam says. "I wanted to go down there with a party record that incorporated a sense of humor."
The original version of "Party" landed the track a number-seven spot in VH1's 50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs Ever. So it's no surprise that Sharam's version was met with a similar reception by DJs and fans alike.
"You would not believe the amount of DJs in the industry that have told me, 'Man, I love what you did. I love this song. But I wouldn't play it,'" Sharam says. "Well, if you love it, why wouldn't you play it? I think it's so bizarre." Maybe the campy hedonism of Murphy's hit is too laughable for some. But Sharam thinks it has more to do with the general tone of today's dance music scene.
"People in our industry are afraid of records that have any sort of happiness to them," Sharam notes. "If there's something that's not quote-unquote 'cool,' then people won't touch it. It's really sad, because that's what's holding dance music back."
Even if the industry isn't ready for his brand of feel-good dance, Sharam knows he can find solace on the shores of Miami Beach. "When I'm in Miami, it just seems like the energy is so much higher," he says. "[It's] like people appreciate the music more than anywhere else in the world." Sharam performs at 11 p.m. Saturday, December 16, at Club Space, 34 NE 11th St., Miami. Admission costs $20. Call 305-375-0001, or visit www.clubspace.com.