“I like that fine line between precision and raw emotion. That place in space that is new and fresh, yet finely tuned for your listening pleasure. When those two elements come together and click, magic happens in the music, and that is what I strive for. So keep you ear lobes lubed and your eyes peeled because its time to get SHADED and faded’’
Creating a completely unique and different style of music today, SHADED has a signature sound – a weaving combination of funky, psychedelic vibes and textures, making his sets something to remember. His sound is undeniable in character and is breathing new life into the techno house world.
Growing up in Newport Beach, California, he secluded himself in skating, surfing and music since a young age. His father, a musician and producer of classic rock, provided a pivotal role in creating his passion and drive for the raw and electric sound he loves to play today. Since 2006, his production style has constantly evolved whilst trying to stay true to his roots of groove laden, rock inspired minimal ‘’surf ‘’techno.
2012 was a big year for Skyler, it provided him the opportunity to develop and create his new solo career and moniker, SHADED. His previous success was as the duo SHDWPLAY, but his decision to go solo ultimately came from his desire for more creative and individual freedom.
As SHDWPLAY, the duo released four EPs on Dubfire’s SCI+TEC Digital Audio Imprint, quickly becoming well-regarded staples in techno ranks around the world. Their unique sound, exemplified in cuts like ‘Time Drip’ and ‘Drug of Choice,’ were heard in DJ sets from Richie Hawtin to Dubfire himself, solidifying their presence in the electronic dance world and as official members of the SCI+TEC family.
This newfound recognition, coupled with the desire for creative individuality, prompted his decision to leave and to pursue his solo career. Since the creation of SHADED in 2012, he has been playing his LIVE sets worldwide from festivals in Mexico and Croatia to clubs in London, Berlin, and Brazil. From touring with the SCI + TEC family and playing along side Dubfire and Carlo Lio he has gained recognition throughout the industry as one of the top LIVE acts, exciting crowds with his brand of ‘’funkadelic’’ techno. Through touring with SCI + TEC, fans and admiration for his style of music have grown considerably, leading to increased demand for his solo performances.
On SCI + TEC he has had multiple EP’s in both the techno and minimal charts in 2012 and 2013 including the hit tracks ‘’Be My Binge’’, ‘’Love Bug’’ and ‘’This Is This’’. His musical output has gained much respect from industry heavy weights including Dubfire, Richie Hawtin, Joseph Capriati, Tiga, Slam and Sasha.
This year his major noted release on SCI +TEC was the EP ‘‘Dwell’’ that reached #1 on the Top 100 Minimal Release charts via Beatport. After the success of ‘’Dwell’’ he followed up with his most recent EP – ‘’SHE SHE’’, his debut release on Tiga’s Turbo Recordings in June 2014, solidifying his production versatility.
Territory - France