DJ Shadow is widely credited as a key figure in developing the experimental instrumental hip-hop style associated with the London-based Mo’ Wax label. Inspired by hip-hop’s early years, he then grew to absorb the heyday of crews like Eric B. & Rakim, Ultramagnetic MCs, and Public Enemy; groups which prominently featured DJs in their ranks.
DJ Shadow (born Josh Davis) is widely credited as a key figure in developing the experimental instrumental hip-hop style associated with the London-based Mo’ Wax label. Inspired by hip-hop’s early years, he then grew to absorb the heyday of crews like Eric B. & Rakim, Ultramagnetic MCs, and Public Enemy; groups which prominently featured DJs in their ranks.
Josh “Shadow” Davis had already been fiddling around with making beats and breaks on a four-track recorder while he was in high school in the NorCal cow-town of Davis, but it was during college that he co-founded his own Solesides label as an outlet for his original tracks. Hooking up with Davis’ few b-boys (including eventual Solesides artists Blackalicious and Lyrics Born) through the college radio station, Shadow began releasing the Hip-Hop Reconstruction mix tapes in 1991 and pressed his 17-minute beat-head symphony “Entropy” in 1993. His tracks spread widely through the DJ-strong hip-hop underground, eventually catching the attention of Mo’ Wax.
Shadow’s first full-length, “Endtroducing…”, was released in late 1996 to immense critical acclaim in Britain and America. “Preemptive Strike,” a compilation of early singles, followed in early 1998. Later that year, Shadow produced tracks for the debut album by U.N.K.L.E., a long-time Mo’ Wax production team that gained superstar guests including Thom Yorke (of Radiohead), Richard Ashcroft (of the Verve), Mike D (of the Beastie Boys), and others.
His next project came in 1999, with the transformation of Solesides into a new label, Quannum Projects. Nearly six years after his debut production album, the proper follow-up, “The Private Press,” was released in June 2002. The following year Shadow released a mix album, “Diminishing Returns,” and in 2004 he released a live album and DVD, “Live! In Tune and on Time.” In 2006 he released another long awaited full-length album “The Outsider,” which featured rising Bay Area Hyphy rappers including Keak Da Sneak and E-40. “The Outsider” also featured a single with Q-Tip (of A Tribe Called Quest), which led to Shadow’s first appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman.
Between 2007 and 2009 Shadow released three volumes of “The 4-Track Era Collection,” a series of his earliest recordings. The 4-Track Era project was exclusively available through his web store, ShopDjShadow.com. In the midst of all of these solo projects, DJ Shadow collaborated with fellow hip-hop DJ Cut Chemist. Together they created a series of mixes that fused soul, funk, and rock, in the framework of a cohesive concept involving using only 45 rpm records (7 inches). These mixes include Brainfreeze, Product Placement, and The Hard Sell, which would be debuted at the Hollywood Bowl.
Shadow’s website relaunched in August 2009, enabling him to sell digital downloads direct to his fans through his own autonomous storefront. 2009 also saw the announcement of Shadow’s involvement with DJ Hero, an Activision video game which features Shadow as a playable character within the game. Shadow also contributed several mixes to the game.
While Shadow’s profile has never been higher, he has increasingly shied away from music press and traditional forms of social networking. 2010 saw Shadow hard at work on his next album, which he has called “a return to form,” and a tour throughout Europe and North America entitled “Live From The Shadowsphere.”
2011 promises to be a busy year for DJ Shadow, with new music and a worldwide tour on the way.
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What can we say. He’s a f-king legend. A brand new live set that has to be seen to be believed as DJ SHADOW plays live in his very own custome made SHADOWSPHERE. It’s frickin’ awesome.
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Enjoy a notoriously fun and exciting trip into both the past and the future, as Prohibition Era Swing meets floor shaking Electronic Dance beats at our monthly ‘In Full Swing’ night, a full remixed vintage experience for funked up flapper girls and dapper dons, where everybody gets involved and is a part of the show. Joining our residents The Big Swing Soundsystem, who serve up the best in Electro Swing and Chap hop tunes, have been a number of esteemed guests such as The Correspondents, Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, The Rinky Dinks and Zen Hussies, as well as our resident Lindy Hip-hop dancers. This’ll be the setting for the official DJ SHADOW AFTERPARTY with very special guests to be announced in due course.
Part Ten: Bright Young Things
Part Nine: In Full Summer Swing
Part Eight: White Mink in Bath
Part Severn: The Rinky Dinks
Part Six: The Correspondents
Part Five: Zen Hussies
Part Four: The Big Swing Soundsystem
Part Three: The New Years Eve Jitterbug Ball
Part Two: The Correspondents
Part One: Mr B Gentleman Rymer
Electro Swing is taking the nation by storm and putting the fun back into dancemusic “Electro Swing” is the incredible new sound that’s taking over the dancefloor. ‘In Full Swing’ hosts a monthly residency at Cardiff Arts Institute and is the only place in the City to discover the craze that’s on everyone’s lips and hips. Taking original swing samples and remixing them with hip-hop, dubstep, jungle and electro.
The Big Swing Soundsystem is proud to present totally re-invented swing hits that are fully cooked up for the modern dancefloor. Expect more than just the music, “In Full Swing” bring you the full re-mixed vintage experience our electrifying lindy-hop breakdance crew and a dancefloor full of flapper girls and dippy dapper dons.
The 8th Wonder’s design for the promo package that accompanied Shadow’s first tape. Entitled “Hip-Hop Reconstruction from the Ground Up,” the packages were sent to peers & industry types between ’91 and ’92.
no tripods allowed in the venue.