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Shyft’s self titled project is gabber/hardcore oriented. Distorted heavy bass kicks, thick synths, and powerful melodies are the aim here- unless it’s chopped up progressive percussion.

Shyft started playing with music composition at age twelve and production at age fourteen in the year 2003. Stubbornness and impatience cause this artist to learn music programming almost entirely first hand and through trial and error. Experimentation is responsible for the final mix of many tracks. Influences come from many places, and not just the gabber or brain dance scene. It ranges from techno, trance and house genre classes to organic genre classes such as folk and metal.

Shyft’s musical philosophy focuses on a continuous struggle to make tracks sound better, clearer, and more crisp, as well as breaking down boundaries of genre in terms of both composition and production.

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Shyft also produces metal under the alias Red Ankh, which came to be in the year 2004. The project is highly experimental, including elements of black metal, chiptune, dance, death metal, folk, gabber, gothic, industrial, power metal, progressive, symphonic metal, thrash metal, and trance. Shyft often refers to the Red Ankh project as being ‘diamond’ or ‘heavy diamond’, a sort of tongue in cheek self made genre implying that (greatly due to the heavy, distorted bass drums often used) the music is tougher than metal or any ordinary rock.

Early works were mostly instrumental, while future projects in the making have been fitted with the intent to bear more vocals. The goal of the project is to break down genre boundaries, keep music inventive, and inspire.

You can give your support by purchasing Red Ankh tracks at the home page, http://www.redankh.bandcamp.com, or at least down load high quality tracks and complete albums with a single click.

Shyft Nick Mayer, Mahtomedi, United States

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