MFF Pod Friends 32 Erin Sharoni Banner

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Biography

As a visual artist, writer and classically-trained musician, Erin Sharoni has been creating and performing since childhood. Known publicly in the US for her role as a TV presenter in sports & entertainment, Erin has appeared on Showtime, NBC Sports, CNBC, CBS Sports and MTV. She brings her extensive performance and creative skills to the stage in her role as a DJ/producer and to the pages of DJ Mag USA as Deputy Editor. A native New Yorker, Erin’s artistic style reflects the city from which she proudly hails. Long before she was in front of the camera, she was behind the decks spinning house, techno, and progressive. Erin has evolved with the dance music scenes in New York and Miami, playing at venues like NYC staple Cielo and Miami Winter Music Conference as well as in Berlin. Her 2015 debut artist release, ‚Beneath The Sea‘, amassed over 38k plays on Soundcloud, with solid support from DJs across the globe. She is currently working on an EP release for early 2016.
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Hey Erin! How Are You? What do you have scheduled for today?
I’m great, thanks! Currently enjoying an espresso and listening to some music here at a cafe in Mexico City, where I’ve come for the weekend to participate in the filming of a documentary about women in dance music. It’s a great time and really interesting. The big party tonight is the first all-female festival lineup I’ve ever seen, actually. Girls run the world! I need a margarita and a crown…

Tell us a bit about your upcoming releases! Is there anything special planned in 2016?
2016 is gonna be BIG! I can feel it. I’m really looking forward to playing at Burning Man for the first time, as well as another big festival in the late summer which I can’t yet reveal (sorry)! As for releases, I’m currently working on two separate collaborations with two up and coming artists I respect and love — Gerry Gonza (one half of Thee Cool Cats) and a talented artist called Naufer from Miami. Very dark, moody, groovy techno with a lot of tribal percussive influence. I also have another solo release dropping in the next month or two.

Since you are an US based artist I am curious if you ever travelled to Europe and get know the European club culture. If yes, do you see any differences?
For sure, I’ve traveled extensively and love Europe not only for its music but for its culture, food, art, and overall attitude towards life. From Ibiza to Amsterdam, London to Barcelona, there’s a thread that ties the dance music culture together in Europe in a way that doesn’t exist here in the States.

I played in Berlin for the first time this year and had the opportunity to go to clubs like Berghain/Panorama Bar. What struck me most was how the energy in places like that reminded me A LOT of the vibe that I experienced as a kid in the NYC warehouse rave scene back in the late ‘90s. That really doesn’t exist in the US anymore. I miss it a lot. I felt the same vibe at Cocoon at Amnesia Ibiza too, on a night when Sven played his 8-hour vinyl set. Everyone just came together smiling, hugging, making friends on the dancefloor and getting lost in the music.

How would you describe the club culture in the states?
America needs to experience what I just mentioned above, if it ever hopes to free itself from the confines of superficial, commercial “bro-fest EDM.” That culture and style of “music” lacks soul. It lacks originality. It lacks love. You can still find plenty of quality US DJs and producers in a thriving and growing underground scene, of course, and that shouldn’t be discounted — in NYC it’s a given, but even in places like Miami, where I now live, there are groups like Link Miami Rebels and PL0T who bring everyone from Mind Against to Marco Carola into town. That exposes a large swath of people who might have never heard these artists before. Still, the US is 10 years behind Europe when it comes to electronic music. Hopefully, all this commercial crap is a gateway drug for US listeners. They’ll come to see the light…and hear it.

What was your funniest or craziest experience while touring?
I was coming through immigration after landing in Berlin… I had all my gear with me and I had just come from Ibiza, so I was wearing this weird black magician’s hat that they give out to people at Luciano’s Vagabundos party at Space. So there I was, wearing a magic hat, sunglasses, studio headphones and lugging a laptop with cables hanging off my arms. I looked like a madwoman. I thought for sure they would stop me. The German customs officer took one look at me and said, “So, I can come to the party too?” Hah!!! I thought, “Now this is how you should welcome people into your country!”

What were your TOP 5 gigs so far?
Two gigs at Cielo for the S.O.U.P. parties this year; one was with Todd Terry and he’s just such an OG, it was awesome. A great gig at WMC playing with the Sirup Artist guys — Croatia Squad, Federico Scavo, and that crew. Of course, playing in Berlin was a great way to wrap up the year as it was my first visit to that incredible city. LOVED it!

What are your top 5 tracks that are really working the dance floor in your sets at the moment?
As the Deputy Editor of DJ Mag USA, I receive tons of demos on a daily basis. I’m grateful to be exposed to so much quality music but it makes answering this question VERY difficult! Current 5:
● Charlotte de Witte – Weltschmerz
● Brian Cid – Shift
● Art Department – Crazy (Dennis Ferrer Remix)
● Gerry Gonza – Battery
● Carlo Lio – Type-O

Thank you for your time and this interesting interview!
Interview by Lars

Playlist:
Gerry Gonza – Battery
Comuno – Chamber
TN.T – Thought So
BKR Projekt – Blush
Inaqki Cerqueira – Storm
Distale – Effect
Charlotte de Witte – Weltschmerz
AFFKT – Pied Piper
Simon Baker – Saffron
Distale – Pome00
Art Department – Crazy (Dennis Ferrer Remix)
Oliver Huntemann – Pech
Brian Cid – Tricepta
Naufer – Aldegarr

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