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DJ Sharaz

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Sharaz is a DJ and electronica producer in the Bradenton, FL area who is known for many national remixes, especially in the form of Florida breaks and breakbeat. He is originally from East Chicago, but in 1986 moved to Florida to attend College. His current company is NineFourOne Media and he holds a private pilot license.

His influences are largely soul/funk but also include: Eddie Kendricks, Isaac Hayes, Candi Staton, Otis Redding, Elvis Presley, Zapp, The Stylistics, O’Jays, Bill Withers, Lyrics Born, Sparlha Swa, Slave, Midnight Star, Stevie Wonder (pre-1980), Al Green, etc.

Some of his notable remixes: La Roux,[2] Aquasky vs. Masterblaster, Everything But The Girl, Robin Fox[3] (Billboard), Afrika Bambaataa,[4][5] Fannypack,[6] Fierce Ruling Diva “You Gotta Believe” (Billboard number 1 single[7])

He has performed alongside acts such as Richard “Humpty” Vission, DJ Mea, Darude, DJ Rap, The Warp Brothers, The Bassbin Twins, Paul Oakenfold, DJ Baby Anne, Storm (UK), Dave London, D:Fuse, The Crystal Method, Reid Speed, and DJ Icey.

In 2007, Sharaz’s track “Holdin’ On” was nominated for an IDMA (International Dance Music Award) award for Best Breaks/Electro track[8] along with Jamiroquai, Bodyrox, Outwork f/Mr. Gee and Fedde Le Grand. Fedde Le Grand went on to win this category with his single “Put Your Hands Up 4 Detroit”.

Although primarily a breakbeat producer, Sharaz will often incorporate different genres into his production such as house music and, more recently, rocktronica and dubstep.

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