Clash Magazine spent some time with SHOCKLEE – check out the new exclusive feature and mix at Clash. Words by Robin Murray and pics by Paul Hyde…
SHOCKLEE’s career points one-way, and one-way only: to the future. The producer rose up through dance culture, absorbing club mechanics before diving into the hip-hop revolution.
A founding member of Public Enemy, SHOCKLEE would form the production crew that became known as The Bomb Squad, the sonic technicians who would provide some of hip-hop’s golden age with its most thrilling, groundbreaking, and unexpected beats.
And he’s still moving forwards. Now the lynchpin of Shocklee Entertainment, the company’s web portal contains a stunning manifesto, one that ends: We are universal and we are intergalactic. We’re a nation of billions building a new world. We are creators and we’re on the Future Frequency.
“Today, we’re in a 360 world, where you have to have your hands in a lot of different things,” he tells Clash. “So I designed the company – along with Jo-Ann Nina – to be multi-faceted, to be multi-dimensional, to be able to do a bunch of things. Whether we do tech stuff, or us being involved with helping to launch documentaries. We’ve kind of had to have our hand in a lot of things that’s going on.”
Running through all of this, though, is a commitment to fresh ideas, and new technology: SHOCKLEE is forever looking for the new thing. “I used to have a full-fledged analogue recording studio. And I sold my recording studio, and picked up a couple of computers. And so I’ve been in the box since I’ve done it, since the early 2000s.”
“Everybody thought I was crazy for giving up all my analogue equipment, but what I saw was that the analogue equipment could be easily replicated inside the computer,” he continues. “So it was a great space-saving tool. No longer did I need this huge facility to house all this. And it also pushed me to get into this new era, when a lot of my colleagues have either decided to go in another direction, or to abandon it all together because of the learning curve.”
Read the full article at Clash.