I can easily remember the day when I first hear Mike Sharon productions. My friend Thibault shared with me his discovery. Since that day, Mike Sharon’s fresh sounds has sent the tempo of our days.
Seventeen years old ago, Mike Sharon was introduced to house music by his older brother. His passion for music has grown as fast as his talent. We had recently the chance to discover one of our favorite artist. His productions are beloved in our pages. Here is a chance to discover a talented artist and an exceptional man.
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H5: Hi Mike, I hope you’re all right! You told me yesterday that you were working today, while it’s Sunday.
Mike: I’m well and you mate? Yeah, here it goes from Sunday till Friday.
H5: So you only have your Saturdays to slow down, right?
Mike: Yeah, and a half day on Friday. But tomorrow begins our holidays here in Israel. But I’m not going to rest. I’ll stay at home doing music.
H5: You told me you had lots of projects to finish. Could you tell us a bit more about them?
Mike: One is coming up very soon for a nice label called Traxx Underground. The label is runned by Salvator Poliscatrese (a.k.a Samann). He’s a great man. I like a lot the sound of the label. Another project will be released on Skylax Records. These are my next releases. And my track “ Under the bridge “ will be released in a compilation for the US Room Control label. It’s also a great label. I’ve made this production for them.
H5: Let’s speak a bit of you. You’re currently living in Tel-Aviv, isn’t it?
Mike: I am. I’ve been moving here from Canada, where I’ve lived for a long time. But I’m currently in Tel-Aviv. I don’t know how much time I will live here.
H5: Could you tell us a bit more about the Tel-Aviv electronic scene? How’s the scene in Israel?
Mike: In general it’s great. Comparing to Canada, it’s different! The scene in Tel Aviv is great. There is one big club called the Block where I spent a lot of time. But lately the police wanted to close the club, among with few others clubs. That’s too bad…
H5: Why did the police want to shut down the clubs?
Mike: Drugs, you know… Apparently people were doing drugs deals inside the clubs. But as a citizen here, I see worse things down the street. I don’t think they should shut the clubs down.
H5: They could have spent their time differently instead of shutting down the club.
Mike: Even if people take some drugs in nightclubs, there are not like junkies or freaks. They go to the party, to release themselves from the stress of the week. They are working people. It’s not as if they were shooting him right on the street, like that, and then going to the party. This never happened. It’s a different kind of people.
H5: It reminds me of a chat I had with Axel Boman. Swedish people had the same issues in Stockholm. The police were shutting down the clubs because of the drugs. That’s too bad.
Mike: Besides that, the owner of The Blockmakes a lot of money, that’s maybe why. They actually shut down 5 or 6 clubs for thirty days, not just The Block. But 6 clubs! And only The Blockhas an extra restriction of closing because it’s the biggest club. It’s the most successful one.
Actually, it’s a special club for me. When I want to have fun, I go out there.
H5: Have you ever played at The Block?
Mike: Actually no. But I’ll have a gig next month at Bootleg with Sammy Dee from Perlon. We’re going to hit the jams together; it’s going to be nice.
H5: I’m sure it will. I’ve noticed through your Facebook page that you were a great fan of Kerri Chandler, Ron Trent, and Theo Parrish. No doubt that we deeply loved them here. What are your influences, by any genre?
Mike: Ouuff, It’s a long story … to name a few I could say St-Germain, as one of my biggest influence. When I was a kid, my brother brought me his cds.
H5: The same brother that makes you discover house music, isn’t?
Mike: Yeah, my bigger brother was the one who brought it to my ears. Later on, it was some stuff on TV, some friends… Then I got my first turntable while I was very young. I had first synthesiser too. I’m recording music since I am fifteen years old. Now I’m twenty-seven, I’m not young anymore.
H5: You are! And it doesn’t change anything. I saw Jus-Ed a week ago at Concrete, in Paris. I think he’s about fifty years old right now, and he’s younger as ever! He’s such a dynamic person.
Mike: Yeah, Jus-Ed! He was supporting my music back in 2009. He used to play one of my tracks during his Underground Quality shows in Detroit. Regarding my age, I had much history behind me. I made vinyls since I’m eighteen years old, and now I’m twenty-seven. Last year was a huge step for me, as people discovered Mike Sharon.
H5: You released the “ I Feel You “ EP on Local Talk for instance.
Mike: It’s my last release. It’s a huge label. But I think they also knew who I am. I’ve done some really nice productions back then. You should listen to my stuff on Sushitech. These productions are now hard to find. They were only released on vinyl’s, not in digital. It’s mostly on vinyl.
H5: You mentioned Sushitech, but your productions were also released on Sub static. Could you tell us a bit more on what these labels have done for you?
Mike: Sub static, wow! They were a great inspiration for my friend Falko (Falko Brocksieper) when I was eighteen years old. Like many others one, Richie Haw tin, Magda. So I went into this German sound, this unique sound. I am no longer in touch with them. But when I lived in Berlin, it was so nice to meet them.
H5: I didn’t know that you were living in Berlin.
Mike: Yeah, I was living in Berlin as well. Basically, I was taking inspiration in this city. One of my favourite clubs there is the Panorama Bar/Berghain, of course. And it’s still one of the greatest clubs.
H5: Well, that’s a chance I didn’t get. I was too young to go in, unfortunately…
Mike: There were also the Watergate, the Wilden Renate. The scene is so open. It’s an electronic city as well.
H5: No doubt about it. Let’s get back to your productions. One of my favourite is I Feel You. How did you produce it? How did you find these amazing samples?
Mike: Ow. This is interesting. I actually take a vocal from a seventies acapella called “Sanctuary of Love” by Zhana. But I was also inspired from one of my mid-90’s track. I tried to give this track another level. I’ve completely changed it in order to give my vision. I took it few levels ahead. And people said the track was amazing.
We have to remind us that I have a history behind me. When I was a little kid, I used to go to nightclubs and promote parties in Jerusalem. In Jerusalem, it was so tight. The scene was really good. People were actually going from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem to party. My guys and me had the right environment to grow up into this music. We knew, and we still do, what is right or what is wrong. This explains why it’s hard for me to fail when I make a track, just because of this environment. When someone listens to one of my track, I want him or her to feel it good.
H5: I was also wondering what gear are you using.
Mike: I have two great monitors by Adam called E-7. For reference, I’m using very cheap monitors. I won’t even say they name, it’s only to compare the sound. I used a very cheap company.
But what I do have is a Yamaha CS6X, which is a really tied synthesiser. I used to have MPC-1000 but I’ve sold it about eight months ago. Actually, I’ve been working in massive studios, especially when I was in Berlin. I’ve earned pretty nice knowledge. At the moment, I’m using Ableton Live.
H5: We were also wondering how do you manage to keep producing with such a constant rhythm?
Mike: Well, that is the secret… Everybody’s asking. regarding the years 2010 – 2012 I had been stop making releases to make more concentration to study Ableton Live, I had been working on Cubase till than but had the feeling i need to come to another level. Every artists has its own methods … And I had to know what my methods was. It’s the biggest part for an artist. If you don’t have this method to serve the inspiration, you won’t go further. You will just stop.
Now I can work on my steady job the whole week and come back home, sitting around two or three hours, and make a bomb. I’ve always had the inspiration, but once that I got the knowledge; I was able to make music the whole week.
H5: The idea is growing slowly in your head the whole week, just waiting to spring.
Mike: Yeah a bit likes that. To come back on Ableton, it makes things easier. Once that you have become a master, things goes faster. I can sit down whenever I have time and make a track. It’s not a problem to make a good track. I think it’s easy to make good music nowadays once that you have the knowledge.
H5: As soon as you’re talented.
Mike: Yeah, I’m doing that, you know (laughing).
H5: Few years ago, you were also part of a duo called Soulmate.
Mike: Soulmate isn’t alive now. I had this project with the Sushitech owner, Yossi Amoyal. We grew up together and had the same taste for music. I used to work for Sushitech, as label artist as I worked for Sub Static. It was the time where I choose music. A lot of people of my age would sit down at their friend’s home, doing nothing, drinking beers and watching soccer. It wasn’t my thing. And it’s still not my thing.
H5: Does it mean that you don’t like beer?
Mike: (laughing) No, I like beer, but only when I’m out.
Regarding Sushitech and Yossi Amoyal, the project won’t continue. It was only one track on a compilation. Chez Damier remixed the track. But I am no longer friend with the Sushitech crew, for many reasons. I think it’s better for me to go on my own. I have the right talent to do so, and the right direction to success.
H5: Well, we could say it’s a good choice.
Mike: Everybody is happy about it.
H5: To complete this nice conversation, here are two final questions. What was the last record you bought?
Mike: That’s an interesting question. The last one was in Canada. And it was my Local Talk releases (“ I Feel You “). I took some time for the delivery to arrive, and I needed to give some souvenir to my friends there. So I bought like five records and offer them.
Actually, are you into music yourself?
H5: Not at all. I’m only a listener. I honestly doubt about my ability to make music, and prefer to write down my feelings about music. Sometime I’m just writing on other subjects.
Mike: Writing is important too. I’m writing too, I think it’s very expressive. I’m also painting.
H5: That’s nice, are you a painter too?
Mike: I’m a painter as well. But I won’t show you. Actually I don’t paint but draw. I do some sick stuff, and you might have the chance to discover it soon. But not now, it’s a secret … but I’ve chosen music. I’ve got all this skills but I choose strictly music. It’s my goal and I don’t have any regrets about it. I’m doing it for fun!
Painting is nice. I could try to learn. When I was studying Arts, they taught me. But it took me four years of my life. Four years putting music aside.
H5: Can’t wait to see that!
Paris is still waiting for you. You haven’t visited us yet.
Mike: Not yet… I had an offer to play on the 8thof June, but it’s complicated to book me as I lived in Israel. I was supposed to play at La Villette Enchantée.
H5: Too bad, it’s a charming club actually. I’m sure you will come one day!
Mike: I really hope so.
H5: As you might know, we love food and wine here in France. Partying, Dancing, having fun can lead you to eat a horse. So, what’s your special meal after throwing a good party?
Mike:Pasta & i can deal with almost any kind of red wine, hehe.
H5: Well, thanks a lot! Looking forward to hear your fresh sounds.
Mike: Thank you too! Bye
Interview by Des Races.