About DJ Shadow
Known for his innovative use of samples, legendary DJ and producer DJ Shadow has left an indelible mark on hip-hop and electronic music.
• Joshua Davis got his start as DJ Shadow hosting a radio show on the campus station while attending the University of California, Davis. A copy of his self-released 1991 mixtape Hip-Hop Reconstruction from the Ground Up made its way to the hip-hop magazine The Source, which featured him in its “Unsigned Hype” column that June.
• Sampling obscure jazz, soul, funk, and experimental records, DJ Shadow began remixing songs for the Hollywood Records imprint Hollywood BASIC in the early ’90s and was involved with the underground label Solesides.
• When Hollywood BASIC folded, Shadow jumped to the UK label Mo’ Wax, which released his 1993 single “In/Flux.”
• Considered a hip-hop landmark, DJ Shadow’s 1996 debut album, Endtroducing….., entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the “first album made completely from samples.”
• After the singles compilation Preemptive Strike in 1998 and a pair of mixtapes with DJ and producer Cut Chemist in 1999 and 2001, DJ Shadow released his second studio LP, The Private Press, in 2002. The album went Top 10 in the UK and reached No. 3 on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart in the US.
• In 2003, DJ Shadow teamed with Rage Against the Machine singer Zack de la Rocha on the free single “March of Death” to protest the US invasion of Iraq.
• DJ Shadow’s 2006 album The Outsider featured collaborations with musicians from the hyphy hip-hop scene in Oakland. Other guest artists included rapper Q-Tip, Chris James of the UK electronic group Stateless, and Kasabian guitarist Serge Pizzorno.
• DJ Shadow split his 2019 double-album Our Pathetic Age between two halves: the “Instrumental Suite,” and the “Vocal Suite,” which includes contributions from Run the Jewels, Nas, Pharoahe Monch, De La Soul, and Wu-Tang Clan members Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah, and Raekwon.
HOMETOWNSan Jose, CA
BORNJune 29, 1972