Asem Shama


There are not many electronic activists who have remained in the scene for 15 years and have managed
to set trends while staying true to their sound. Asem Shama is one of them. Having been prolific since the early 90’s, he certainly can be considered one of the pioneers of electronic music in Germany.
His roots lie inHip Hop and he began his musical career as a rapper. In the 80’s, he ventured with first experimental forays into electronic beats.He gratefully accepted the opportunity to produce music at his friend’s studio. This space in which he was able to develop creatively soon led him to his new musical home: Techno.
Aside his new found joy in producing techno, he started promoting the legendary Ravesyndrome events. He began setting up his own studio and launched his first label “Syndrome Audio” with his longtime companion Axel Bartsch. By 1994 he had already released 15 vinyls on the label. In the following years he established himself as one of the key players in techno music, releasing vinyl on labels like Bush,
Planet of Drums,Frisbee Tracks, Utils and Spiel-Zeug. His breakthrough came with the track “Flash”, which was recognised by the remains of the band “Queen” and was promoted as an official remix. He hit Top 20 charts across Europe, marking 15th position in the UK and 17th in Germany. Inspite of these accolades he continued chose to focus on the underground and stayed by his upfront, inambiguous style of producing and mixing. His reputation as a DJ grew all the while, which led to an international reputation and gigs across the globe.
In 2005 he co-founded the label Sportclub, which focussed on a more minimalistic style of techno.
After moving to Berlin and acquiring new inspiration from the electronica capital of the world,
he reinvented himself to a certain extent. In 2009 he joined the Berlin based label Highgrade and became a fixed constant in the Berlin club scene. His sets were met with great enthusiasm in well-known clubs such as Berghain, Watergate and most any other club worth mentioning.
In 2013 Asem released his 1st full album „MNDCTRL“ which marked a new benchmark for his production skills and musical variety.