Him Self Her - Sharam Jey & Jean Bacarreza

German artist Sharam Jey, is label owner of Bunny Tiger, but has also released on Kittball, Toolroom and 8Bit.

Sharam Jey recently teamed up with Jean Bacarreza, known for his tracks on imprints like Nervous Records, Simma Black and Flashmob Records.

Each of the guys regularly collaborates with various people, and we caught up with them both to discuss their joint release on Superfett Records.

> For the people reading this who haven’t heard your music before, how would you each describe your individual style, and the key elements that define it?

Sharam Jey: For me a track needs to have a groove that gets you immediately. That’s the most important thing. 

Jean Bacarreza: It’s kinda confusing for me to tell you how to define my style because I’m always evolving to something new, I like House music and I’m a Tech House lover, however, the elements that I feel that defines my music is the crunchy hi-hats, smooth grooves, and some house pianos sometimes.

> Your most recent release is a collaboration on Superfett, and I wanted to ask what inspired you to work together on the EP? 

Sharam Jey: Jean had some great releases on my label Bunny Tiger the last 3 years. We have quite the same taste in music and it is a very fruitful work we do when sending files back and forth until are happy with the result. That’s how these tracks developed. And Nhan Solo did really like the result. So that’s how this release come off.

Jean Bacarreza: Sharam is one of my partners at music nowadays and we have been working together in the last 2 years, we always make music together because we have a very similar taste of music, we feel comfortable doing music together. The piano house has always been one of our favorite music styles and one track that really inspired me on the creation of this track was Feel My Need by Weiss (UK).

> Can you talk us through the release and the concept behind each of the tracks? 

Sharam Jey: We did work on quite a few tracks and had no real concept in mind unless maybe the intention to blow away Mother Recordings with our tracks is the concept! 

Jean Bacarreza: The main idea of this release is to bring out some of the old school piano house concepts for the new generation with a second track that has a “Techy” vibe on it for the clubbers.

> How does the creative process of putting a track together differ when working in collaboration with another artist?

Sharam Jey: Well, of course if you produce a track on your own its is a much more focused process. While when working on a collaboration, like I said before, you put together bits and pieces and something develops out of this. 

Jean Bacarreza: For me is always good to collaborate with other producers that have a different experience than me in music production, I love it because I learn on every collaboration, a lot of things that I would not find on any tutorial or class.

The creative process always differs on every track, depends a lot on the work process of the collaborator, sometimes it gets done in one day and sometimes it takes even months to be finished.

> Who has been supporting the release, and are you scheduled to play any B2B gigs together? 

Supports are already in from MK, Claptone, Nhan Solo, Marco Carola, Joachim Garraud, Sam Divine, Alaia & Gallo, Vanilla ACE, Judge Jules. Yes, we gonna play together on a Bunny Tiger tour in Mexico passing by 3 different cities of the country with the support of Andruss from Droplow Records.

> What’s coming up next in each of your schedules, do you have any exciting gigs or other big releases in the pipeline?

Sharam Jey: For me the next big release is our annual compilation out on Bunny Tiger which I compile and mix with exclusive tracks and material from our Bunny Tiger Crew members. Plus we will of course continue to work on other big tracks and releases. And touring. I love being on the road.

Jean Bacarreza: Yes, the next big gigs will be the Mexico tour, Green Valley which is the #1 club in the world (Dj Mag), a cruise party that I’m super excited about, and also planning a Europe tour in the next months. 

About releases, yes I’m always planning something new and for now we have my remix for Yulia Niko from Berlin on my label Delicious Recordings, got an ep on Mihalis Safras imprint Playmobil, some secret releases on Bunny Tiger, got a banger release on Younan Music, with a track made in collaboration with Saeed Younan.

> Could you each give some advice or words of wisdom to any aspiring producers who might look to your music for inspiration?

Sharam Jey: The most important thing is to stick to your goals no matter the obstacles. And do the thing you’d like to do with passion. That’s actually the most important thing, I would say.

Jean Bacarreza: I don’t wanna say the same as everybody does but yea it’s true, never give up, if you are confident about your talent, try more and more, whenever you feel is not working, just do it again till it works.

I love to listen to other people’s music, not only electronic music, of course, it helps you to forget a little bit of your own world and listening to other styles opens your head for new ideas.

> Thanks for taking the time to speak with us today, we like to finish our interviews with a couple of questions that are a little bit light-hearted… without getting to personal, could you tell us something many don’t know about you?

Sharam Jey: Mhm, difficult, maybe that I am a daddy of two kids, a good cook and I love to play FIFA.

Jean Bacarreza: Love parties.

> You don’t need to mention names, but what’s the most “outrageous” thing you have ever seen happen in a club… was it something outrageously brilliant, like a blindfolded DJ mixing seamlessly and scratching with their elbows, or something outrageously cringe-worthy, like some embarrassing drunk person urinating on the dancefloor?

Sharam Jey: I am doing this fro 25 years now so I have seen a lot of these things 😉 Nothing special comes to my mind at the moment, sorry.

Jean Bacarreza: Haha, good question.

There was a night that I was playing in a club here in Brazil and while I was playing this guy just came up to the stage and started to show me his Instagram posts while in my front were 2 thousand peoples, I told him hey mate sorry, look later you show me that but now I can’t check it, he got mad at me and he said I was the worst person in the world, was like wtf but at some point in the middle of the party he was on the front dancing his life off looking at me and smiling. That was a weird moment.

> Thanks for taking the time to speak with us today, is there anything either of you would like to add before we wrap up the conversation?

Check out our super-excited new label EllyFly. And come see on tour in Mexico and Brazil!

> You can pick up a copy of the guys release on Superfett Records from …HERE…