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Asian Dan Q&A: Shook

Shook is a Dutch producer/DJ that crafts a more musical sounding sound in the electronic/banger world. He follows suit in other electronic acts such as Kavinsky, Danger and Daft Punk by creating an alternate universe with an animated self that produces a mystique and allure, allowing his music to speak for itself. I was most impressed by his piano skills – check out the video below that won me over with his fantastic Rhodes solo. Siriusmo is a fan of his work and Shook has just finished up a remix of Emil & Friends’ “Josephine” which is waiting to be approved – so let us see what Shook has in store for us.

Shook – Rise And Fall

Shook – Something About You

1. Who is Shook? How would you describe your music?

Shook is a musical and visual outlet to escape from the world we live in today. It all began in my childhood really, when I found the glasses and I first came eye to eye with Beast. Since then nothing was like it was before. I would describe my music as electronic story telling funk.

2. What was your first musical memory?

My first musical memory is probably the constant Jazz piano playing by my father.

3. Who are your influences musical or otherwise?

I grew up listening to music ranging from Micheal Jackson and Prince to George Gerswin and Claude Debussy. Recently I have been listening to a lot of old jazz records and early 70’s funk. But, it doesn’t necessarily need to be music. It can be anything really. Like the sound of a microwave or the sounds of a skateboard. I can be influenced by art and animation too.

4. I am impressed at your strong use of images that go along with your musical persona. It is something very relevant in the electronic/dance scene – the ability to hide behind your moniker and create an experience allowing the music to speak for itself. Who are some of your big influences animation wise?

There are a lot. I grew up with G.I Joe, The Thunder Cats, Transformers, He-man, Marvel Comics and Anime. I try to bring all that back in the music I make. I am always trying to take myself back to that place when I was younger and I hope I can bring that same enthusiasm to the sounds of Shook.

5. What are your top 5 dance tunes?

hmmm. That is too difficult! I will just give 5 tracks in a random order because there are so many great tracks.
Prodigy – Break and Enter
Future Sound of London – Papua New Guinea
Chemical Brothers – Chemical Beats
Daft Punk – Human after all (Justice Remix)
Jackson And His Computer Band – Utopia

6. Future plans for Shook?

My first EP will be out in April on all digital stores but also on limited CD’s. It will contain five new tracks. Recently I have been remixing UK Band Heads We Dance and US artist Emil & Friends which all should be out in the open pretty soon now. This year I also want to release a full length Album which will contain some exciting vocal collaborations and a lot of already finished tracks I have been throwing in my live sets.

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