While there is no genre barrier that can truly encase the type of noise he is currently playing and producing, Eric Sharp cites his musical influences from early Chicago and New York house as his attention for dance music was initially captivated by the likes of Farley Jackmaster Funk, Green Velvet and Armand Van Helden. Since then his distinctive, eclectic and ever-evolving sound has captured a wide spectrum of dance music that begins with vocal and cheeky deep house and ends with a heavier Detroit and Chicago techno sound infused by acid house’s signature electronic “squelch”.
Fresh off being named as one of Vibe Magazine’s “10 Dance Music DJs You Should Know By Now,” Eric explains how his vegan and yoga-influenced way of life caters to his master beat-matching skills: “Part of my goal in the underground dance scene is to inspire people to take care of themselves and adopt a healthier lifestyle, because they way I see it, it’s super fucking cool to take care of your body. I strive to bring the clarity and focus I develop in my life to every production and DJ set.”
Eric’s forthcoming “And Work!” EP, co-produced with Sir DSS and featuring Katxx, owner of Love F.A.M.E. Records, showcases exactly how he combines his early influences with a freshly refined sound that celebrates his organic view of life. Set for release on June 18th, the original mix features drippy acid house synths and the echoing vocals of Katxx, while each remix offers something for everyone as a variety of talent from Angger Dimas, NT89, RUN DMT, Katxx, Mirror Pop, Von Kiss, Flechette and Grenier take on the official remix duties.
In anticipation of this release, Your EDM unleashed the first remix by Angger Dimas, noting how he “feeds a groove for all tech-house lovers.” Today Discobelle premiered NT89’s “fierce sounding acid techno remix […] that hits all the right spots with its hypnotizing groove.”
Following the successful launch of his RIS Labs imprint (Rock It Science Laboratories) with New York’s DJ Fame in 2010, to this day Eric stands behind his ambition to develop a platform for like-minded producers to lean on while also teaming up with other highly acclaimed underground labels. Tommie Sunshine’s imprint, Brooklyn Fire Records, is set to release another Eric Sharp production with a remix from Tommie himself. Doorly also just released his own remix of Sharp’s forthcoming “Let Me Down Easy” (which features Whitney Fierce and Give In) as part of his compilation album on Mark Knight’s Toolroom Records.
Last year the LA based and former SF underground warehouse promoter released “Sharp Cuts” – one of his biggest EPs to date – on Sean Glass’ Win Music (home of Duke Dumont, Tiga and more.) This summer Mr. Sharp has a plethora of new releases coming out leading to a follow-up EP on Win that will make up the perfect soundtrack to take you from poolside to peak party time all season long.
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