Anthony Shakir

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  • ISEA2015

    Detroit producer Anthony “Shake” Shakir is one of the more underrecognized, under-appreciated names in American techno. A bedroom producer since 1981, Shake had an important role in helping shape the early Motor City sound associated with artists such as Juan Atkins and Derrick May. He worked with May and Carl Craig as a producer, writer, or engineer on several early tracks on Metroplex. His first solo material appeared on Virgin’s seminal Techno! The New Dance Sound of Detroit compilation with “Sequence 10”. Known as something of a techno purist, Shake has distanced himself from the European scene many of his colleagues have turned to for support and his music is stylistically closer to second wave artists such as Mad Mike Banks and Claude Young – hard, stripped-down tracks which owe equally to techno, electro, hip-hop, and funk. Shake’s visibility and reputation have risen in more recent years as a result of his Frictional and Puzzlebox labels, the latter of which he formed in 1996 with fellow Detroit electro/techno producer Keith  Tucker (formerly of Aux 88). Recent years have seeing Shakir releasing music on labels such as Wild Oats, Morphine Records and FIT. This will be Anthony’s first time appearing in Vancouver.


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