Photo by Ricky Lesser

 

Simon Shackleton has an illustrious history in the music industry dating back 25 years when he left Exeter University with a Masters Degree in classical composition. He has played and recorded in bands such as The Headless Chickens with the likes of Thom Yorke (Radiohead), and got his start as a DJ alongside Felix Buxton (Basement Jaxx) during the early ‘90s acid house revolution. Since then he’s enjoyed a successful career under a number of guises including Elite Force, Lunatic Calm and Zodiac Cartel winning several prestigious awards along the way, most notably for his Revamped Series. His music has been featured in over 40 movies (including the original Matrix), dozens of TV shows and adverts, and a plethora of game soundtracks including Motorstorm : Apocalypse, which he co-wrote with multiple Oscar-winner Klaus Badelt (Pirates of the Caribbean) and Noisia

Over the past two decades he has run multiple award-winning record labels, including Scene & Herd, Stereophoenix, U&A Recordings and Fused & Bruised, whilst finding time to headline festivals from the US to Australia and cause dancefloor bedlam anywhere from Canada to mainland China. He has previously soared with aliases but is now increasingly renowned and respected for his outstanding, and often heroically long, House andTechno DJ sets under his own name. His One Series events (One DJ, One Room, All Night) epitomize his passionate and community-orientated spirit, cultivating a devoted following of participants and creative collaborators around the world.

Simon's first artist album in 10 years, Piece of Me, was released in May 2016 via a successful crowdfunded Pledge Music campaign that reached over 250% of its goal. This eclectic album ranges from driving Chemical Brothers-esque techno to indie-infused rock-tronica with comparisons that range from Pink Floyd to Underworld. It is truly electronic music with heart and soul.  His soundtrack skills are also in increasing demand amongst the game development community for his next level sound designer skills and flair for delivering a fusion of orchestration and electronic content. 

Simon has recently expanded his creative output with a budding career in photography coming to the forefront. In 2017 he launched a new bespoke multi-media company Scene & Herd with partner Chele Gutek. They create compelling, evocative visual and audio content for social media and marketing campaigns with unique visual storytelling, stunning high-quality photos and timelapses, along with stylized videos and original music scores. Scene & Herd are open for business and currently working on a series of unique multi-media 'pieces', bringing photos into life in surreal and ground-breaking fashion. Their Instagram will be showcasing these new works over the coming months.

 

ALIASES

ELITE FORCE

1996 – 2015

Started life back in 1996 as a cross-genre solo project for studio output not associated with Lunatic Calm. With releases on seminal labels such as Fused & Bruised, Concrete, Whole9Yards and Moonshine, Elite Force soon became known as a pioneer of the Tech-Funk movement, a blend of styles that included Techno, Electro and Breaks. Highly successful with headline sets all over the world from Kazakhstan to China & from Canada to New Zealand and all points in between. Multiple award-winner, including a Beatport Award in 2011 for top-selling Breaks artist and multiple Breakspoll Awards. The Revamped album series that began in 2010 revolutionized the art of the mash-up. Elite Force remains a vibrant and active force with a jam-packed DJ Diary that takes him to all points of the globe.

LUNATIC CALM

1996 – 2002

This was a collaborative project with Howie Saunders, a childhood friend with whom Simon played in a number of bands, including the pre-cursor project ‘Flicker Noise’. Lunatic Calm were a duo as a writing team, but in the live arena included a drummer, Jez Noble. Musically speaking the band produced two albums, ‘Metropol’ and ‘Breaking Point’ which spawned numerous big-name movie licenses including The Matrix, Spiderman 2, The Jackyl and Charlie’s Angels amongst others. The band toured extensively around the US with The Crystal Method, but were undone by major record company shenanigans, and ‘Breaking Point’ was, fittingly, their last release.

 

ZODIAC CARTEL

2008 - 2013

Zodiac Cartel, aka ‘The General’ was initially conceived as a secret Electro alias, and for the first 18 months of his enigmatic life, was known by no one … some would say including his own self. This shady figure swerved the identity question by never DJ’ing, or doing any public press / PR, only appearing in logo form via a deliberately vague Facebook page. His tracks, however, found a massive audience, and for several years he was rarely out of the Electro Top 20 on Beatport. When ‘EDM’ appeared and electro suddenly lost it’s mojo and became teeth-grindingly awful retail-park pop music, Zodiac Cartel did the decent thing and vanished back to whence he came. He is missed. As is Electro.