This week on THE BIRDHOUSE, I am excited to welcome SHADED to the show. I have been a fan of SHADED since I first heard his music at Desert Hearts. Since then, his tracks have maintained rotation in my sets. I was playing out his track "Crazy," for the better part of a year. His productions style sits somewhere between psychedelic funk and minimal techno and is consistently dope.
Hailing from Southern California, SHADED now splits his time between Newport Beach and Barcelona. Make no mistake, SHADED is no new-comer to the game, he has been fine tuning his production skills for over a decade. As a result he has seen releases on prominent techno imprints such as SCI+TEC, Turbo and Octopus Recordings. This week, SHADED has provided a special live techno guest mix for THE BIRDHOUSE, which is sure to be something new and exciting for our listeners. Check out his guest mix and BIRDHOUSE questionnaire below.
How did your music career get started in earnest?
I reckon it all started playing in bands as a kid. They were crap bands but it got me into playing music, and learning about different musical forms.
Where are you from and does it have an influence on your music?
I am from Newport Beach, California, and it has everything to do with my musical upbringing. The beach lifestyle, as well as the complete disconnection from Europe at the time (about 13 years ago Techno had no place in Newport) helped sculpt my sound. I had no idea what was happening over seas so I just did what I thought sounded cool.
How many times did you want to quit trying to make this your career?
Never. Not once. I loved it so much, so I quit my job out of University, worked at a surf shop during the day and made music at night. Lived on Miller 32’s of High Life and shit fast food. Crazy times for sure.
What was one piece of equipment that helped define your sound early on?
Nothing really, I did not have any electronica equipment so it was just endless searching for cheap VST’s on the online forums. I did have a Yamaha keyboard which doubled for my midi controller, which helped as it had a load of percussive samples.
When you were getting started, which artists did you try to emulate (both musically and career wise)?
He is now a good friend, but Dubfire was inspiring to me. He was one of the first guys I saw at a club in LA playing techno and minimal. It really opened my eyes up to what was happening outside the current electro dominated scene of California at the time.
When you have a tough week or a rough tour, how do you get yourself back on track?
If I am in Newport I go surf right away, and if I am in Barcelona I go rock climbing. I get in a solid exercise and then veg out on the couch watching Netflix.
Where and when are you at your most content/happiest?
In the ocean having a surf. It is my way of disconnecting from the world. My job is insane and I love it, but it can get so hectic. The ocean levels me out.
Do you have any secret hobbies or hidden talents?
I surf, skate, and rock climb. I grew up at the beach so surfing is a part of my life. Skating and rock climbing is my way of getting exercise that I enjoy if I am unable to surf. I live between Newport Beach and Barcelona so there are never any waves in BCN, hence rock climbing becoming a part of my life.
Favorite and least favorite colors?
Fav – blue
Least – red
Favorite and least favorite words?
Fav – Sick
Least – Bae
Favorite board game?
Favorite guilty pleasure food?
Haggen Daz - Strawberry
Favorite guilty pleasure song?
Any Justin Timberlake track
German or Detroit techno?
Festival, club or illegal warehouse?
Biggie or Tupac?
Tupac (obligatory West Coast answer) Biggie dope too.
Star Wars or Star Trek?
Exercise or Netflix?