Sharam Reveals His Top 5 Clubs To Tilllate Magazine
Grammy award winning DJ and producer Sharam has dropped his most talked about compilation yet on his label Yoshitoshi, recorded live at the stunning Warung Beach Club in Brazil. When Sharam did a 10 hour set at the venue earlier this year, he smashed all attendance records with 4,500 people turning up to hear him play. It’s been noted he thinks the Warung Beach Club is one of his favourite clubs in the world, which made us wonder – what other clubs an international DJ such as Sharam would have in his Top five? Well, here they are…
Imagine if you combined all the clubs above in
to one and then added 100 lbs of posh on top. It’s the super model of all clubs. It’s the only VIP club that can instantly morph into a gritty and dirty underground club. It’s totally up to the DJ where you want to take the crowd. It’s like you have a Porsche Panamera at your disposal; it can be a head-turner luxury saloon in true South-Beach style in one minute, and it can become the baddest beast on the road racing passed you like a high end sports car – you the driver can make the choice and LIV the club will deliver it in an instant. But you better be a good driver because at speeds that high with one wrong move you might crash and burn.
I’ve only done two shows at this new club and I can tell you that I have found my new home in NYC. Great DJ booth set up, proper sound system, and a dark dance floor – which is how I like it. They have the perfect balance of gritty dancefloor space and VIP where both type of the main focus is the DJ and the music.
Probably one of the last super clubs in the US, especially on the West Coast. Just like Warung and Beta, they provide a playground for all kinds of DJs to do their thing with a varied crowd from night to night. It’s one of the last places in the US that I get to play a long set with total freedom and take people on a musical ride in full control. LA in general has a very educated crowd and I believe the roots of it is veteran promoters like Dave Dean and Kobe working so closely with Avalon over the years to bring the best the world has to offer – again with a balance of business vs. creating a playground to educate the crowd by bringing diverse acts. I’ve had some of my best experiences as a DJ at Avalon playing until 8-9 in the morning with the crowd still in tow. That’s a hard feat anywhere in the world, especially in America. They are another club that are constantly looking to evolve.
2. BETA – DENVER, US
Some clubs get it and some don’t. I happened to do the grand opening for Beta a few years back and they still had a lot of kinks to work out on the opening as most new clubs do, but w hat set them apart was their instant dedication to wanting to know what DJs liked and didn’t like about their new club and actually listening to them and making those changes. Beta stands as one of the clubs in the world that I really look forward to playing at. Fantastic sound system, properly placed DJ booth and a dancefloor suited to interacting with the crowd, and most importantly, an educated crowd. Cities/clubs don’t end up having educated crowds on their own. There is usually a catalyst and in Denver, it’s Beta and the team behind it. They understand the balance of wanting to have a financially successful club and making sure they continually bring all kinds of acts from different corners of dance music for the betterment and growth of electronic music.
1. WARUNG – ITAJAÍ, BRAZIL
People often ask, what is your favorite club/the best place to play? My answer is always the same; any place with a great sound system, capable promoters, a proper setup for the DJ, and an engaged crowd. If there is one club that gets it right 100% of the time, it’s Warung in Brazil. Factor in the location of the club, set amidst a huge beachfront nature preserve and it’s patrons, who happen to be amongst the world’s most beautiful and enthusiastic, and you end up with a clubbing utopia for DJs and fans, the likes of which are rare. I would be surprised if it weren’t the first choice for countless other DJs who’ve had the pleasure of playing there. Playing at Warung makes me want to experiment with music and be the best DJ that I can be. The connection with the crowd along with the feeling you get after playing a ten-hour set is pure perfection and the crowd always makes you feel like the feeling is mutual.
Check out the full article in this month’s issue of Tilllate.