DJ Sharaz

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DJ Sharaz
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Background information
Birth name Anthony Sharaz
Also known as Sharaz
Born Cedarville, Michigan, United States
Genres Electronica, Florida breaks, breakbeat, alternative dance
Occupations Disc jockey, Record producer, Remixer[1]
Instruments Synthesizer, drums, Ableton Live
Years active 1998–2005, 2010-present
Labels Nine Four One Media
Website www.dropthatbass.com

Anthony Sharaz, known by his stage name DJ Sharaz, is a DJ and electronica producer in the Bradenton, FL area. He is originally from East Chicago, but in 1986 moved to Florida to attend College. His current company is NineFourOne Media and he holds a private pilot license.

His influences are largely soul/funk but also include: Eddie Kendricks, Isaac Hayes, Candi Staton, Otis Redding, Elvis Presley, Zapp, The Stylistics, O'Jays, Bill Withers, Lyrics Born, Sparlha Swa, Slave, Midnight Star, Stevie Wonder (pre-1980), Al Green, etc.

His remix of Fierce Ruling Diva's "You Gotta Believe" spent a week at #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart in 2002.[1][2][3]

In 2007, Sharaz's track "Holdin' On" was an International Dance Music Awards nominee for Best Breaks/Electro track at the Winter Music Conference.[4]

Sharaz has been nominated several times as "America's Favorite DJ" in the breakbeat category by BPM (magazine).[citation needed]

He has performed alongside acts such as Frankie Bones, Richard "Humpty" Vission, DJ Mea, Darude, DJ Rap, The Warp Brothers, The Bassbin Twins, Paul Oakenfold, DJ Baby Anne, Storm (UK), Dave London, D:Fuse, The Crystal Method, Reid Speed, and DJ Icey.

Remixes have been provided by Sharaz for Tommy Boy Records, POD Music, Kaleidoscope, DBI records, and StreetBeat Records. He has 35 records and five compact discs released under his own independent label.

Recent Developments[edit]

In August 2009, Sharaz began releasing a bi-weekly online mixcast in MP3 downloadable format entitled "Return to Planet Boom".

In early 2010, after a several year hiatus (from approx 2006 - 2010), Sharaz began producing and releasing new tracks again via Soundcloud, Beatport and iTunes.

In 2011, Sharaz resumed regular touring, and currently uses Ableton Live and an Akai APC40 MIDI controller, rather than CD players or turntables, as a basis for his live DJ sets. In August 2013, Sharaz released his first album in nearly nine years entitled "Been There Done That" consisting of entirely new material.

CD Discography[edit]

DJ SHARAZ "ILL BEHAVIOR" CD (CD-01) Released July 1, 1999 10 Track UNMIXED CD.

DJ SHARAZ - "HORIZON" CD (CD-02) Released: February 23, 2000 12 Track Mixed CD.

SHARAZ "DELIVERANCE" CD (CD-03) Released October 31, 2000 14 TRACK MIXED CD

SHARAZ "OUT OF NOWHERE" (StreetBeat Records, Inc.) Released March 20, 2001 12 TRACK MIXED CD

SHARAZ "TURN IT UP" CD (CD-04) Released June 15, 2001 13 track Mixed CD

SHARAZ "FURTHER OUT" (StreetBeat Records, Inc.) Released February 26, 2002 12 Track Mixed CD

SHARAZ "UNTIL DAWN" CD (CD-05) Release Date October 31, 2002 16 track Mixed CD

SHARAZ "RUST" DVD/CD COMBO (CD-06) Released January 30, 2005 Mix CD + Multimedia DVD/MP3s

SHARAZ "COLLECTED" (StreetBeat Records, Inc.) Released August 22, 2006 8 Track UNMIXED CD/MP3

SHARAZ "BEEN THERE DONE THAT" (CD-07) Released August 13, 2013 8 Track UNMIXED CD/MP3

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Interview with Sharaz". About.com. Retrieved 2008-08-17. 
  2. ^ "Billboard Chart". dropthatbass.com. Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
  3. ^ "News clipping". dropthatbass.com. Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
  4. ^ "List of 2007 IDMA Nominees". Wintermusicconference.com. Retrieved 2013-12-31.