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Globe-trotting DJ makes a stop in Albuquerque

International DJ Sharam will make his first Albuquerque appearance at Effex tonight.

International DJ Sharam will make his first Albuquerque appearance at Effex tonight.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sharam Tayebi is a workaholic and he’s fine with that. In fact, when he doesn’t have projects lined up, he worries.

“I’m constantly busy,” he says during a recent phone interview. “This type of lifestyle has become my life. I’m always on the go and when I’m home, I’m planning for trips.”

Along with all that planning, Tayebi works on his own electronic music, which he has been doing for more than 20 years.

Tayebi is known by his stage name, Sharam, and has played all over the world.

His work ethic is strong and it’s because he’s facing stiff competition from up-and-coming DJs.

“The electronic dance music scene has gotten so big,” he says. “There are these new kids coming up and they are super talented. It doesn’t give me any chance to rest on my laurels. I’ve got to keep pushing myself and moving forward.”

Tayebi has released more than a half-dozen albums of original music and been on many more compilations.

He’s remixed some of the biggest artists, and this summer he remixed Bruno Mars’ hit “Treasure.”

“I really don’t like to do remixes,” he says. “Then there are songs like ‘Treasure’ that just speak to me. I know that I can do something with it and make it an entirely different song. There are very few songs that I want to remix and this one I actually wanted to do. I prefer to work on my original concepts, but I won’t turn down a great song to remix.”

Tayebi hasn’t yet played in the Duke City. His appearance tonight will mark his first time.

“I’m looking forward to performing because I don’t know what to expect,” he says. “I’m sure there are people who have heard my music and there are others that will come just to enjoy. It’s not often I get to try out new material on a new crowd. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”