Hey guys, my name is Rick Sharma and I’m a DJ based out of Calgary, Canada. I run a night in the city called Less is More, which focuses on dance music in an underground setting so as to eliminate the pressure of playing an “accessible” style that often comes with being a house/techno artist living in these parts of the world. This movement is to showcase lesser known sounds that truly capture the essence of mixing as an artform.
I also run a night called Prism with a collective of DJs, which is a residency we hold at Habitat Living Sound. This night is going on 4 years, and has been all kinds of fun. It was really just a way for four friends to come together and play music, but it has been so much more than that. It has also come with its challenges at times, but these are what allowed for us to grow as DJs, producers, and overall humans.
What was your intention for your Excursions mix? How did you go about selecting music?
For this mix, I decided to take a flow as we go approach. Personally, the more I think about a way to make tracks work, the less fun/more mechanical it becomes for me. That said, I decided to pick some records that I wouldn’t necessarily play in a club-setting. I chose this opportunity to not hold back on what defines my sound, and I truly hope that you enjoy.
Who, or what, inspires you today?
I can go on forever if I were to say names of my inspirations; however, one thing that inspires me the most today is knowing that there’s music out there that DJs play that isn’t easily accessible by everyone. Back in the day, the whole culture revolved around club-goers going out to have their life changed by a record they heard. It made them want the name of that one record so bad, but there was no way of finding out what it was, unless they asked the DJ, which was frowned upon at the time. This ideology was the real catalyst behind the birth of underground club culture as we know it today, driven by people’s want for more music – the DJ being their only means. It is reassuring to know that despite being in the age of technology, this idea still exists and flourishes in a positive way.
How do you go about preparing for a set?
I don’t really have one way to prepare for my sets. I think it’s important to do your homework on a daily/nightly basis. For me, there is no substitute to spending time on getting to know your music. Unless if you want to plan an entire set, which to me defeats the purpose of DJing.
How has your path, intentions or expectations changed as an artist since you started producing and/or DJing?
My path has remained relatively same since I began my journey as an artist 9 years ago, in that, I always just wanted to grow more musically. My curiosity is what’s driven me to become the DJ I am today. That said, when I first started out, I assumed I would eventually get into production after a few years. Instead, in the past 3-4 years I’ve gotten more and more into mixing. There’s a whole science behind dancefloors, which is often overlooked but just completely fascinates me.
- Rick Sharma (Less is More/Prism)
Sonodab – Brown Study [Fear of Flying – FOFVIN6]
Maurice Giovannini – Plasma [WEorUS – WU003]
Unknown Artist – A2 Untitled [EEE002]
Suneea – SaS [SAS004]
Dubphone – Déjà vu [Vandalism Musique – VBS001]
Mantah – C1 Atoll [Mama Recordings]
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MSPE – A1 Untitled [Pager Records – PAGERWHITE001]
Smisou – Chanj [LumieresLaNuit OFF]
Studio Works – Five [7685REC]
Lessi S. – A2 Clipper (Roger Gerressen Mix) [RAWM05]
Pablo Tarno – Odyssey
Harry McCanna & DTG – Subdvisions [LB007]
Befog – Considerandum [BFG005]