"I have always loved music... and often felt that somehow I got more out of it than those around me, like certain sounds, tracks, albums spoke to me on a level that others didn't hear, it was like code"
Shadowplay has been passionate about music (especially electronic sounds) since a very early age. Getting his first keyboard at the age of 14, primitive decks and a mixer soon followed, along with production attempts that have suspiciously been lost....
Whilst his school friends were listening to Bananarama and Bros, Shadowplay was listening to the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, Ice Cube, Janet Jackson, Bomb the Bass, Technotronic, Shades of Rhythm, Beats International, Mantronix, The Human League, Adamski... and loving every second of it - however it was his introduction to the UK Hardcore sound in 1990/1991 that changed everything...
"It was like a light switch, a door opening, a world of possibility - my generation's punk, or disco. Totally new, yet using elements of soul, funk, hip hop, acid, all fused together, which gave the records a kind of warped history. Not only that, it moved so quickly, within a year it had moved from the likes of Isotonik and M D Emm, to JMJ and Richie, Omni Trio and Bukem... it felt as if we were all part of something that was bubbling under the surface, covert, like a family."
Shadowplay's productions are atmospheric and cinematic, inspired by his love of film soundtracks, and move between Drum and Bass, Hardcore, Breakbeat, Dubstep and Techno.