Simon Shackleton has an illustrious history in the music industry dating back 25 years when he left Exeter University with a Masters Degree in classical composition. He has played and recorded in bands such as The Headless Chickens with the likes of Thom Yorke (Radiohead), and got his start as a DJ alongside Felix Buxton (Basement Jaxx) during the early ‘90s acid house revolution. Since then he’s enjoyed a successful career under a number of guises including Elite Force, Lunatic Calm and Zodiac Cartel winning several prestigious awards along the way, most notably for his Revamped Series. His music has been featured in over 40 movies (including the original Matrix), dozens of TV shows and adverts, and a plethora of game soundtracks including Shockwave, which he co-wrote with the likes of multiple Oscar-winner Klaus Badelt (Pirates of the Caribbean).
Over the past two decades he has run multiple award-winning record labels, including Scene & Herd, Stereophoenix, U&A and Fused & Bruised, whilst finding time to headline festivals from the US to Australia and cause dancefloor bedlam anywhere from Canada to mainland China. He has previously soared with aliases but is now increasingly renowned and respected for his outstanding, and often heroically long, House and Techno DJ sets under his own name. His One Series events (One DJ, One Room, All Night) epitomize his passionate and community-orientated spirit, cultivating a devoted following of participants and creative collaborators around the world.
Piece of Me, Simon’s first artist album in 10 years, will be released in May of 2016 on his newly formed Scene & Herd label. A musical journey that is rich and varied, it is an eclectic album ranging from driving Chemical’s-esque techno to indie-infused rock-tronica with comparisons that range from Pink Floyd to Underworld. It is truly electronic music with heart and soul. He has also had recent releases on Mango Alley and Nick Warren’s Hope Recordings.
The One Series parties remain a priority, with San Francisco, Sydney, London, LA and Denver all strongholds for these spectacular self-promoted events. Meanwhile, Simon expands his quiver with a budding career in photography, and is becoming an increasingly essential ingredient for many game developers as a sound designer and content creator, whilst also moving into the world of the silver screen with high profile collaborations with the likes of two-time Oscar-Winner, Klaus Badelt (Gladiator / Pirates of the Caribbean) and Angry Mob Music.