Posts Tagged ‘seattle’

Max Cooper headlining this Friday’s “Afterglow”

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Max Cooper is a rare, versatile and forward-thinking gem in the increasingly compartmentalized and somewhat cold world of dance music.  Where many rising producers establish themselves by carving out narrow niche sounds or quickly adapting to the latest trend, Max is constantly pushing musical boundaries while also embracing a rich history of dance music.  His production crosses the gamut from quirky, syncopated late night techno, to peak-hour tech-house, to ethereal, early morning ambient and IDM, all with his distinctly rich analog sounding synthlines and oldschool progressive house sentiments.  His chart topping original productions and remixes for artists as diverse as Hot Chip, Portishead, Sasha, John Tejada, Extrawelt, and many others are garnering him stellar reviews and a well-deserved international fan base.  Shameless is incredibly excited to be hosting Max at our “AfterGlow” Decibel Festival after hours, late night this Friday at Seattle’s Electric Tea Garden.  Joining him will be DJ Fame (New York), Eric Sharp (SF), Cyan Wave (Seattle) and our own Recess and Levi Clark.  Get there early, as we are only doing tickets at the door and there is A LOT of hype for this show!

In the meantime, click the link below to check out Max’s great live set of all original production, “Modus,” available for download on his Soundcloud account.

Max Cooper’s free live “Modus” set of all original production



Seattle – Mid 90s Rave

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

It’s rare to find decent video footage from back in the pre digital camera era that captures Seattle’s electronic music community. Yet before Nirvana was playing out to crowds of more than 40 people, the underground dance scene was strong! So much so that it was about to blow up in the early 90s. That was until grunge rock pushed it back underground again. Not necessarily a bad thing considering the underground is usually where most of the innovation and new ideas are generated. It really didn’t start to resurface again until the mid 90s so coming across this gem was a treat. Features an incredibly cute Groovin’ Kim (, Donald Glaude, DJ Grover and many others. Unfortunately the video doesn’t always mention the people they are interviewing, but there are some familiar faces that are still involved with the scene today.

The Next Shameless Social (Portland vs Seattle)

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

You gotta get outta there!

In Case You’ve Been Living Under a Rock

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Modselektor Video 10-19-07

Sunday, November 4th, 2007

Modeselektor video from Broken Disco 7 @ Chop Suey

Official Decibel Festival Afterparties 2007

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

This was Shameless’ 4th year of producing the Official Decibel Festival afterparties. For those that didn’t know, Friday night’s surprise guest was Guns & Bombs. Saturday’s surprise was Speedy J. Those special guests along with Kadeejah Streets, Recess, Kid Hops, Levi Clark, Kristina Childs, MC Anton Bomb, FOC:EYE, Acid Circus, and Phadreus tore it up! Much love and thanks go out to Sean Horton and the entire Decibel crew, the Mercury and their staff for opening their venue for these parties and all of the Shameless Warriors particularly Menami, Luying, Lindsey, Adlib, Masil, Jedd, the Gnome, Will, Nice Master Joe, Ava, Sabrina, and the rest of you crazy f*cks!

Luvshack Sound rocked the house! Dave Matthews rocked the camera! Check out some of his pictures below (click on them to view more!)

Shameless Presents… bRave New World – Friday September 21st

Shameless Presents… Krakt Attack – Saturday September 22st

Para One Video – Dundun dun

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

Pillow fight!

Press for Broken Disco II

Friday, May 11th, 2007

Hope to see you out this weekend!


Bug in the Bassbin
By Donte Parks

Dance music is supposed to be fun. Which isn’t to say that there’s no artistry or thought that goes into it, but a lot of musicians get so caught up in their “grand vision”—in inherently geeky production techniques and mountains of jargon—that they forget what inspired them to create in the first place. Overthinking isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it is odd when discussions of dance music leave out any mention of dancing. That’s what makes producers such as Knifehandchop so refreshing: His intelligent genre amalgams hide within a sweet candy (raver) shell, appealing to both headier and dance-oriented sensibilities.

Knifehandchop (real name Billy Pollard) rose to fame out of Toronto, with early tracks such as “DanceMix2000,” an indulgent work that coupled pop-music snippets with raved-up hardcore. His string of sometimes-legal releases led to KHC becoming a staple of Oakland’s Tigerbeat6 label, where he combines electro, breakcore, hiphop, and ragga on his most recent full-lengths.

Rockstopper, KHC’s collection of new and previously released Tigerbeat6 material, buckled under the weight of its excesses, its relentlessness making for an exhausting yet entertaining listen. The 2004 follow-up, How I Left You, maintained the same ambition but made for a more cohesive listen, taking cues from dancehall and techno on some tracks, bludgeoning with its crazed snares and chopped samples on others.

Since then, Knifehandchop has moved away from the album format, returning his attention to the world of singles and 12-inches and giving the breakcore tendencies a rest. “Dirty New York” replaces the dancehall of many KHC tracks with hypersexual hiphop, hinting at ghettotech but existing as a booty breed all its own with its repeated refrain of “How you know dem hos?” “Weed Wid Da Macka,” a split release with party favorites Modeselektor, is a return to form, with Ninjaman’s vocals forming the basis for the nerd-ragga gem. Most recently, KHC released his remix of Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip’s “Thou Shalt Always Kill,” an accessible dirty electro number that should find popularity outside of the traditional Tigerbeat6 demographic. The creative departures are no doubt informed by Math Hooker, and the post-genre dance parties he’s been throwing in Toronto for the last two years.

One of the most obvious elements of Knifehandchop’s music is his adoration for each of the genres that compose his tracks. Treating those genres as musical Legos, Knifehandchop’s live performances are incredibly dynamic affairs, showing off a more rave-informed mashup experience by touring his entire catalog. Knifehandchop played as part of a Tigerbeat6 showcase on his last visit to Seattle, upstaging label head Kid606’s booty-IDM with his varied set and causing a rush to the merch table. Expectations are high for his return, but between the new material and increased party-rocking experience, Knifehandchop is all but certain to please, whether your purpose is to dance or deconstruct.

The Stranger


The Stranger Suggests
Broken Disco II
By Eric Grandy

(Club Night) Last month’s debut of Broken Disco was a blast. But it was just a taste of what Seattle’s electronic scene—represented here by Decibel, Fourthcity, Shameless, and Sensory Effect—can pull off. Tonight, the bass and the BPMs will pump courtesy of booty-breakcore prodigy Knifehandchop and NYC’s low-end maestro Passions. With local support from SunTzu Sound in the main room and ndCv and Nordic Soul in the 21-plus “make-out room,” this month’s installment should be even more off-the-wall fun than last time. (Chop Suey, 1325 E Madison St, 324-8000. 9 pm—4 am, $10/$6 after 2 am, 18+.)

The Stranger Suggests


The Seattle Weekly
Broken Disco II
By Rachel Shimp

OK, we were wrong about British rock band the Klaxons, who were said to be bringing rave culture back into the spotlight, but you can’t blame aging partiers for hoping that pop culture can again take on that futuristic sparkle. But judging from the pages of fashion mags like Nylon, where models in neon sport multicolored stars on their eyelids, or from the tangible energy I felt in the dance tents at Coachella this year, it already has. Last month’s inaugural Broken Disco party—a rager thrown by four local promotion/DJ crews—really galvanized electronic music lovers and dancers beyond the usual crowds at venues like the Baltic Room and CHAC. Two factors, an 18+ policy and after-hours that ran until 4 a.m., brought a massive crowd bent on having a good time, glowsticks and all. It was the first party of the year to carry the electrical current of a Decibel Festival event, where unfamiliar faces smile at you and world-class DJs (John Tejada last time) get the dance floor cracking. Tonight’s on the “Idol Worship” stage are headliners Knifehandchop, an innovative Tigerbeat6 producer with a strange name; Passions, who’s helping lead the charge of French electro/new wave on the Kitsune label; and local MVPs SunTzu Sound. The “Cozy Make-Out Room” has live sets from Nominal I, ndCv, and Nordic Soul, and the “Fucking Afterhours!!” goes off in style with Kris Moon, Naha, and MC Anton Bomb. If you think the rave scene is for kids, the techno scene for geeks, and the Belltown scene for bros, but love the hell out of dance music, this is the night you’ve been waiting for.

The Seattle Weekly


Friday May 11th
Broken Disco – Episode Two!
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Saturday May 12th
Shameless @ The See Sound Lounge
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Surprise Guest DJ (NYC)
Recess (Shameless)
MC Anton Bomb (Shameless)