The Sweatbox "Oh, By The Way:" 12th edition this Saturday, 22 September 2018 at Ren @ Kyo KL, curated by Sweatbox resident Obadius, has invited the man behind of one of the few Tehran based record labels Shibiza Recordings; Farshad Ferry
Farshad Ferry aka DJ Ferry is one of the most renowned DJs and producers in Tehran’s underground night scene. With 15 years experience playing and over 6 years in producing his own music, he is accounted as one of the most seasoned nightlife figures in Iran. In the not too distant past, putting the words DJ and Iran in the same sentence was unimaginable. In a country where nightlife, as we most know it, is banned; and where clubs and bars are non-existent, DJs and electronic music had no place to claim existence.
DJ Ferry was one of the very first who changed that reality. A mining engineer by profession, with a passion for music on the side. Motivated by his love of music, he started playing in underground music scenes. But what started out as an innocent hobby, soon turned into a fanatic obsession and a life-long commitment and eventually creating an underground electronic music culture, which became increasingly popular among young Iranians.
Since then, DJ Ferry has surpassed many milestones with many achievements already behind him. He was one of the first producers residing in Iran to sign his music with major labels such as BluFin, Natura Viva, Zoo:Technique, Suburban Tracks, Escapism Musique, Supermarket Recordings, Ultradrum Records; he launched the first and the only record label of this genre in Iran “Shibiza Recordings”, with the hope to show another face of his country to the world. And what a beat-full face it showed! For many, it was no big surprise when he was voted “Best DJ in Iran” in a public poll on Facebook, in which over 10,000 people participated.
The achievements of his record label “Shibiza Recordings” cannot go unsaid. “Shibiza Recordings” was founded in 2012 inspired by many famous Persians such as Dubfire, Pleasurekraft, Sharam, Omid 16B, Namito, Behrouz, Nima Gorji, Sharam Jey ... The label has mostly focused on Iranian artists around the world, showing their innate talent for music despite being suppressed by a closed society. The word „Shibiza“ stems from the two places „Shemshak“ in Iran and the famous „Ibiza“, two places with paradoxical demographics, but an even sensation for house music. At a time where the name of its home country Iran is mongered in mainstream media, the label is very proud of presenting a less-seen side of its nation. There have been artists spanning from the Americas, to Europe, to Asia, who have released their music on Shibiza.
At the end of 2013, Ferry was finally permitted to leave the country after completing the mandatory military service in Iran. It did not take long for him to go on his first tour to Malaysia. During the few months he spent in Kuala Lumpur he played in renowned clubs such as Zouk (Main Room, Aristo Rooftop & Garden), Sultan, Casbah.
Join Ferry, Obadius and OtherKind this Saturday at Sweatbox.
REN @ KYO KL: Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, off Jalan Pinang, KLCC, KL: Admission (with one drink): RM50. For table reservations please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 012-921 1730