The mythical, Texan being known as Shrike, formerly acknowledged for impaling his prey on the thorns of trees, has now channelled his murderous ingenuity and dexterity into the many branches of Drum and bass.
Currently residing in the sunshine state of California, Shrike manipulates the darkness with his niche, unique, heavyweight tonality.
His prowess in twisted, villainous musical compositions will empower and eviscerate your virtuous consciousness.
Q & A
Q - Your alias?
A - Shrike, The Shrike, The One Like the Shrike
Q - Your name (Nickname)?
A - Chas
Q - Your age?
A - Older than you
Q - Where were you born and raised?
A - USA, in a little state called Texas. Then lived all over the world
Q - Where do you currently live?
A - Southern California, USA
Q - Your artistic influences and where you draw inspiration?
A - I'm a big film buff, and always consider narrative when building a tune. I also have a lifelong love for books, comic books and video games. I use the tropes and themes from these mediums to build something that is, hopefully, compelling to the listener. SciFi, Fantasy, Supernatural...I love it all.As for music influences, the list is very long and distinguished, and drum and bass artists are a small part of my music vocabulary. It's still on my bucket list to see Underworld live. They transcend genre and even electronic music itself. Nine Inch Nails are also at the top of my list. Trent Reznor is a straight up genius, and someone I look up to very much. Then there is the hip-hop side, Wu Tang and Beastie Boys...I also love 80's glam/hair metal. I'm all over the place, man
Q - Your perfered DAW?
A - I've think I have used them all (laughs). Right now my weapon of choice is Ableton Live, it allows me to work in the way that I think. Although Bitwig is making some very strong strides lately. I've definitely done some extended sound design sessions in BW, with all those lovely modulators!
Q - Your favourite plugin?
A - There is probably a FabFilter Q3, Glue Compressor, and Live Utility (yawn, I know) on every single channel I create. Q3 is just a beast, and with the addition of the dynamics in v3, I just don't use any other eq's any more.For creative stuff, I am hot on Devious Machines' stuff lately, it's very good. I own too many plugins, it would be hard to pinpoint 1 favorite
Q - Are you self-taught or did you receive education, if so, where?
A - I studied music formally when I was younger, in school and in private lessons. I sang in choir, and have trained on keys, guitar, & saxaphone. But I've spent 100x's more time learning on my own. I always had a synth or "keyboard" whilst growing up. My first one was that little white one that plays that rhythm on that tune "Da da da"...remember? Then I got a Casio SK-1, which has like 5 seconds of sampling through a shitty built-in mic. We made lots of rude bodily noise sounds, my younger brother and I, being rowdy dumb young boys and all.I got my first real piece of kit in a music store in Japan in 1997. It was a Roland MC-303 groovebox, that I still have for sentimental reasons. I think I played with it for at least an hour in the store. After that, I was obsessed with electronic music production as we know it today. I have bought and sold many pieces of gear over the last 20 years, some I wish I had not parted with, including a Virus-B and a Virus-TI
Q - Artists you've worked with?
A - Joe Ford and I did a tune recently that came out on Eatbrain, and it worked out very well. Joe is just tremendous, very good ear, really great at sound design and arrangement, and he's always got some good feedback on how to push things, to make things better. I've learned a lot from him, honestly. I'm also working on a remix for breaks legend Freq Nasty, who has been a mate of mine for several years now. E-ssassin and I also have something potentially in the works, but nothing official at the moment. I love that dude's music, great respect for him, and I owned several tunes of his on vinyl in the golden age of dnb (late 90's, early 00's). He was one of the few American's making legit DnB back then, or even just outside of the UK, nevermind Americans. DnB used to be almost 100% the purview of the English, and while I still love my UK brethren and their music, I am so happy to see the explosion that DnB has made over the last two decades. But E-Sassin is such a nice guy, he's been really supportive. I'm honored to even get a listen from him
Q - Events that you’ve taken part in?
A - I used to live and DJ in Hong Kong & Europe. In HK we had a crew called "Mash-Up", which, as far as I know, at the time was the only DnB crew on the island. We did a monthly, and would also support the bigger visiting DJ's. I did shows with Dieselboy, Zinc, Aphrodite, to name a few. Ben (Zinc) had a tough time at the show because there was a sub cabinet right by the stage that kept throwing the needle off the record (this was pre-USB or even CD's). A lot of what he had were dubplates, and that acetate is even more finicky than vinyl, not always the deepest grooves. He literally couldn't play any tunes, it was a nightmare. So he and MC Fats (big up!) did a 1 hour mix in my bedroom. It was incredible, and I still have a copy to this day. He's a great DJ, and this was back when he was still very much part of Tru Playaz and doing DnB...before all of the, ahem, garage stuff. And MC Fats was such a cool cat, a real gentle giant, and his style is still unmatched, still one of my fave MC's. Oh and Aphrodite stole my pizza when we all went out after the show. He just grabbed it off my plate and gobbled it up. It was surreal, man. Nice guy, though...I think we were all pretty lagered up at that point, I have no malice!I did a few big shows and festivals in my own right, including playing NYE for Y2k for thousands of up-for-it Chinese in Guangzhou. I had the choice of being flown to Shanghai, or take a train to Guangzhou and bring some of my mates. I chose the latter, I loved my dnb friends (big up Arkham!). It was a mad night. Oh and here is a truly embarassing story from when I lived in Sarajevo, Bosnia. I'm gonna bet there are one or two folks out there that still remember this: The DnB scene there was just getting started, and I was making friends with some of the local heads who were trying to get things up and running. I was asked to play an opening slot for an event at some club, don't remember which. They asked me to warm up the crowd, and take it slow. I was such a young dumb hothead that I grabbed the mic, made a statement, something like that I thought Sarajevo wanted the hardest darkest tunes, and opened the set with Konflict's "Messiah" (which is still probably the biggest tune of all time, in my book). That did not go over well, as you might imagine. Enough time has passed that I can laugh at it now, but that was a real boneheaded move on my part. I didn't do myself any favors that night.Lately though I have just been head's down in the studio. I make a LOT of music.