Dancity festival

electronic music and digital arts festival

Shackleton UK, Skull Disco


Thursday, June 27th 2013 // 00,00 // Auditorium S. Domenico

Stooges, Can, Throbbing Gristle, Kraftwerk and Faust were all favorites of Sam Shackleton growing up. His first encounter with music happened at 14 when he started playing guitar in a punk band. His music partner moved away, and not wanting to be a one-man karaoke outfit, he bought a computer and realized that it allowed him to make the music that he wanted. With his friends, including Laurie “Appleblim” Osborne, he began to go to the FWD nights in late 2003, enjoying some of the stuff that Youngsta and Hatcha used to play, though they just called it all garage. Sam liked the heavy percussive tracks best, what the MC Crazy D would call "Oingy Boingy". That's the context in which Skull Disco, his independent dubstep record label, was set up, from 2005 to 2008. Shackleton was pleasantly surprised when Fabric asked him to play in room 1 back before most other London venues had probably heard of him. Since then he has become a regular and was asked to put out a Fabric CD, Fabric 55. Intricate, snaking percussion, hypnotic melodies, seriously deep bass lines and dubwise sensibilities characterize his music. Since the Skull Disco days he has collaborated with various labels such as Less Music, Woe To The Septic Heart!, Honest Jon’s, and others. Shackleton’s most recent works include a notorious collaboration with Pinch, who will also be attending DF13, and the Drawbar Organ EPs in 2012.


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