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Dubfire Talks Deep Dish Retrospective, SCI+TEC Label, and Future of EDM

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Crossfade: You and Sharam took very different stylistic directions as solo producers. How much of those individual styles were at play when you produced together as Deep Dish? Was it an advantage as far as the sound you wanted to have collaboratively, or did it ultimately cause creative differences?

Dubfire: Those stylistic differences that we had existed well before Sharam and I ever met. And they most certainly created the unique dynamic that we had as DJs and producers, which led to our specific sound. My tenure in that partnership was extremely exciting, free and full of experimentation. But it came equally with bouts of frustration, in-fighting and disagreements about our collective vision for Deep Dish.

But that difficult dynamic, as I've always said, was the source of the Deep Dish sound and aesthetic. And towards the end, I think that both of us grew tired of the fighting and compromises we had to make at every turn. I am very proud of the overall scope of work we did. But there comes a time to turn the page.

Do you think there may ever be another collaboration between Sharam and yourself as Deep Dish? 

Collaboration? I don't know. That remains to be seen. Because we've both since moved onto successful solo careers and, musically, don't really speak the same language anymore. But what I CAN tell you is that we're presently dusting off all the old DAT tapes in our vault in preparation for an exhaustive retrospective boxset which will be a lengthy process to put together. Perhaps that will be the catalyst to a renewed creative alliance between us.

What's been going on with your label SCI+TEC this year? And what can fans expect next? Any new releases or artist signings to look forward to?

I've been on a signing frenzy actually, with my release schedule more or less complete till the end of 2013! We do roughly 2 releases per month, with amazing music coming from the usual suspects like Carlo Lio, SHADED and The Junkies to newer, undiscovered talent like Joran Van Pol, Justin James, Joop Junior and Refraction, plus a sprinkling of gems from more established artists like Ron Costa and Santé. My vision for the label has always been to nurture new talent and promote the finest electronic music I can.

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