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Rubblebucket: How to redefine yourself and stay cool while doing it.

article & photography by Tim Monahan

Although I consider myself to be a fan of most all kinds of music, through the years I had heard of but always dismissed this thing called “House” or “Techno” music. I had always considered it to be cold, unemotional and dare I say, an unskillful. DJ Shar4 has vowed to change all that for me.

The night was cold, snowless, in White River Junction, Vermont. It seemed to me an uncommon place to hear pounding bass leaking from an older brick building, the frosted doors constantly changing color. Stranger still, the Tupelo Music Hall is more known to host acts like the Mickey Hart Band, New Riders of the Purple Sage and Dr. Burma. Tonight, however, is for DJ Shar4.

DJs like Shara help prove that House DJs put the same amount of emotion and feeling into their music as traditional bands. She composes her own beats and for this show mixed in some live keyboard playing.

DJ Shar4 has been an Upper Valley staple with the House crowd and dance club followers. In just a few years she has amassed a following among young and old alike. Recently she has been playing at the Salt Hill Pub in Hanover, NH, a stones throw from Dartmouth College.

“I have recently reached several international students who found out about me when they stumbled across my event in their town. It makes perfect sense that they love it because House music is huge in Europe and South America! For example, one student is from Greece and another from London; they are now huge fans who help spread the word.”

DJ Shar4

Shar4 is also very involved in the community for which she generally plays. When asked about how her current philanthropist gigs got their start: “My first charity dance party was in August of 2007; the idea of bringing people together to dance while helping humanity was with me at the very beginning of my DJ career. To this day I'm not completely sure where that idea came from, but it stuck! As I continued to throw these types of parties and they kept growing; I decided the party needed to have a name so I searched "Charity" in a Thesaurus and "Devotion" came up. Hence, "DeVote" was born.”

DJ Shar4 estimates about half of her performances fall under the name “DeVote” where attendees are asked to bring toys, children's books, canned goods or whatever the theme of the night happens to be.

She shares that her favorite show was a weekend long house party in “The Middle of Nowhere, Alaska.” The host had converted the basement into a bar and light show. But for her, a perfect show is one where she raises sufficient money and donations.

Her Montreal visits helped foster her love of the sound and the scene. Not long after, she had her own turntables and was playing to her own crowds. Montreal - Boston - Providence - Alaska - NYC - and now, White River Junction. We sometimes take for granted the musical talent that can found locally. Shar4 is proof of a good time, and proof passion comes in all forms.

Comments  

 
0 # Modefi 2013-05-21 08:02
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