Deep Dish reunion highlights Miami Music Week

One of the highlights of Miami Music Week this year is sure to be the long-awaited reunion of Deep Dish, featuring Sharam Tayebi and Ali “Dubfire” Shirazinia. The Grammy-winning D.C. duo – beloved for its intense progressive-house sets that build and swell into a pulsing, rhythmically textured wall of sound until the room itself seems alive – hasn’t performed together in eight years.

The wait ends Sat., March 29, at the Ice Palace in downtown Miami, when Deep Dish steps behind the decks, with supporting acts Carl Craig, Hot Since ’82 and Andhim. You can also catch Sharam solo at his label showcase, Yoshitoshi Pool Party, Sun., March 23, at the National Hotel.

Sharam talked about the Yoshitoshi party, why he’s never performed at the Ultra Music Festival, and – reluctantly – the Deep Dish reunion.

Are you ready for Miami – when are you getting into town?
I get in Sunday – I’m flying straight in from Dubai, so it should be a fun day.

And you have your Yoshitoshi party at the National Hotel that same day?
Correct. Flying in, and I think I’m gonna arrive right in the middle of the action, so hopefully there will be no delays [laughs].

What can people expect from the party?
Well, we’ve been doing the Yoshi party for like 14 or 15 years now, and it’s our annual showcase of all the artists that we work with on the label – artists, remixers and also some of the up-and-coming stuff, and just some straight-up, great, talented DJs that I’ve been personally following and like. So it’s a chance for a group of amazing talent to get under one roof and have fun.

Will you go on last, as headliner?
Actually, I’m gonna go on a little earlier, around 5 or 6, and I’m gonna go for a couple hours and then hand it over to a couple of guys to close it out. I like to do my thing and let other people find their time to do their thing as well.

Will you tailor your set a little differently to fit the outdoor pool atmosphere?
Not consciously, but I think when you’re by the pool, in the sun or by the ocean and all that, I think automatically – and also when you see the people – you tend to change your set to more sort of sexy, more groovy and more fun, as opposed to like, darker. So that happens I think naturally – I don’t try to pre-program too much stuff. You know, I sort of make a playlist of records that I likely think that are gonna do well, and then take it from there.

Are you staying in town for the whole week, through to your Deep Dish reunion party the following Saturday?
I’m there for a couple days, checking out some parties, having some meetings, and I head back home because the Persian new year is actually this week, but I’m on the way to Dubai and back, so I’m gonna spend some time with family and then come right back to Miami again toward the end of the week.

Everybody’s buzzing about the Deep Dish reunion – what told you and Ali it was time to get back together?
People are asking a lot of questions about it, but we decided that it’s best to not really talk about it and just let the music speak for itself, you know what I mean? We’re really excited that we’re finally able to do something like that, but we wanna sort of let the music that we’re making and playing as DJs speak, rather than get into details on why and all that stuff.

Does it feel as natural as it did before – did you just step right back into it?
Well, we haven’t had a major show yet, so that remains to be seen, but the good thing is that we come from the same place in terms of philosophy in music, even though people have pegged us as complete opposites. And that never changed over the years. I don’t think that will ever change – that’s sort of the glue that keeps the whole thing together in a way. So I’m personally just looking forward to jamming.

So this isn’t something you guys are going to rehearse? You’re just going to get together – is that how it works?
I’m just gonna leave it at that [laughs] and let the music speak for itself.

Do you have anything new in the studio you’re planning to break out this week?
I’ll have a few things in the next few weeks – we’ll be putting the remix package for my last single, which is called “My Way,” and two of the remixers – Veerus & Maxie Devine, as well as Hotel Garuda – are gonna be playing the Yoshi party with me. So I’m looking forward to getting that package out. And I have another single coming out on Seth Troxler’s new label, called “Play It, Say It.” So those are the two flags I’m carrying for Miami. And I don’t have any major projects I can speak of because I don’t have all the details yet, but I should have some good stuff coming out over the next 8-12 months.

I noticed you’re not on the Ultra lineup this year – have you ever performed at Ultra?
You know what? I don’t think I’ve ever played Ultra by myself, and I kind of like keeping it that way [laughs].

Is it something to do with the way they act toward the conference?
It’s just like it’s never worked out, really, to be honest with you. For one reason or another, or one party or another – it just hasn’t worked out. And I like to get involved in situations where it’s win-win for everybody, so it just hasn’t worked out. And I do like more intimate sets and the club sets. Festivals are something completely different, and I welcome them and they serve a different purpose, so I’m not against festivals by any stretch of the imagination.

So we’re not talking about a boycott, then.
No, no, no. That’d be a great controversial thing to say: “Yeah, f— ‘em!” No, it’s not that [laughs].