If you have been on any of the dancefloors of Europe’s hottest clubs in the past few years, you have likely heard one of Mr. Shammi’s collaborative hits. From Love Message with Vic feat. Clea and Kim (Dance and Love, Italy/Clipper’s Sound, Spain) most recently to Walla Walla feat Mad Stuntman (Happy Music, France), Girl Next Door with LuuX (Room for Visions, Denmark), Raise the Roof with Rizzo vs. Miki (Blanco y Negro, Spain) Saturday Night with Simone Di Bella (Disco Planet Records Italy) and Misfit with Darius and Finlay (Trak Music, Austria/Sony Music Germany). Mr. Shammi never stops churning his own unique brand of dance music alongside some of Europe’s most inspiring and creative producers.
We’ve been playing out his hit Bacalao – salted codfish in Spanish. We caught up with him to find out a little bit more about his life and music …
When did you first start to develop a passion for music?
At the age of 16 – I come from a family of entertainers so I grew up around music and dance
Which artists did you listen to while growing up?
Anything and everything, but I was especially drawn to reggae music and calypso.
How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard you before?
I would say if you’re not familiar with the style or language its still relatable catchy and danceable.
What music have you recorded and released to date?
Too many to mention – I’m proud of all of them but notably the one I’m most proud of is being able to collaborate with world famous French DJ Bob Sinclar on the hit single “Me Not A Gangsta”. I have always wanted to work with him.
Which artists do you enjoy listening to at the moment – and do they influence your work?
Recently I have been listening to a lot of 50s music and reggae oldies, rocksteady classics, all these songs are so well done and fun to listen to – and yes of course the influence is there from Jimmy Cliff to Peter Tosh, The Coasters etc.
Who would your dream collaboration be with?
I’ll have to really think about that as I have already did one dream collab with Bob Sinclar. The next I’m not sure yet, haha!
What are your plans for the future?
To keep making music and hopefully people enjoy it 🙂 Not sure I’ll be stopping anytime soon as I believe I was put on this planet to make music.
Where can we find out more about you?