|Genres||Speedcore, gabber, happy hardcore, trance, j-core, rave|
|Associated acts||PROJECT GABBANGELION, High Speed Music Team Sharpnel, SHARPNEL.NET, Killingscum|
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (December 2008)|
DJ Sharpnel is the collective alias for Japanese electronic artists Jea and Lemmy. Via their Dōjin label Sharpnelsound, they release albums consisting of their own speedcore, gabber, happy hardcore and trance works as well as guest tracks from acquaintances of the group, such as DJ Chucky, m1dy, and M-Project.
History and style
The beginnings of DJ Sharpnel came in 1996 when Jea joined up with Project Gabbangelion and later released the album "sharpnel vs Project Gabbangelion" in 1998. DJ Sharpnel's most recent album, Bassline Dangerous, was released on August, 2011. DJ Sharpnel's active contribution to the Japanese underground hardcore techno scene has helped form a new genre of music known as J-Core. Although DJ Sharpnel never describes Lemmy as a DJ or producer, she has created several songs, such as those listed on SRPC-0004. The style of DJ Sharpnel’s music differs from that of other hardcore artists. Its aggressive overtones are often brightened up with sped-up Japanese popular music or spoken voice samples from various anime. These are also often fused with more Western influences, such as lyrics from American hip hop music and cartoons.
Much of the sales of Sharpnel Sound records, as well as management of the hardrave online radio station and promotion of Sharpnelsound events, is done through Guhroovy, a primarily-hardcore record store located in Shibuya and operated by DJ Chucky. Aside from their prolific discography on the Sharpnelsound label, DJ Sharpnel has also provided tracks for other Japanese labels such as Maddest Chickn’dom, Ravin Beatz Japan, and Gabba Disco.
DJ Sharpnel has used various artist names throughout their releases, depending on the specific style of the track or album. The main aliases are "DJ Sharpnel" (standard hardcore and happy hardcore style, with Lemmy) and "Killingscum" (terror, speedcore, and breakcore style, with just Jea). SHARPNEL.NET is the name for the collaborative "performance project" of the Sharpnelsound label, with Jea as live DJ and Lemmy as live VJ. Although, according to their MySpace page, DJ Sharpnel is the name on the produced albums, Killingscum is occasionally credited to tracks, separating Jea from Lemmy. In addition to Killingscum, Jea also uses "DJ Jea" as a solo alias when he performs hardstyle music and tracks related to the SPRH series.
Other group aliases have been used when Jea and Lemmy collaborated with other artists prior to the creation of the DJ Sharpnel name, such as Project Gabbangelion (which included Jea, Viscion, and Tangion) and High Speed Music Team Sharpnel (which included Jea, La-Quebrata, Jun-Q, Quebradora, and Lemmy). Still other albums are credited to "DJ Sharpnel & V.A" indicating that various other artists produced tracks on the album.
The name "DJ Sharpnel" is commonly used to refer to any combination of musicians led by Jea (with or without Lemmy), even those prior to 2000 and those on albums not associated with the Sharpnelsound label.
Due to DJ Sharpnel's extended time and dedication to the J-Core music scene (as well as the increased popularity of anime in the West), Western recognition of Japanese hardcore has increased. Many up-and-coming new artists have acknowledged DJ Sharpnel's influence, including DJ Zaiaku, T2Kazuya, Spy47 and Shingo DJ.
DJ Sharpnel's discography is very large, tallying to over 53 albums in which the duo has contributed to (most likely not together at all times) and at least 10 albums in which they are the primary or sole contributor. Below is the primary discography associated with the Sharpnelsound label, with DJ Sharpnel as the primary artist (albeit with varying aliases used throughout). For most albums in the SRPC series, there are two versions. First, a CDr version released at Comiket, then later a pressed CD version to be sold at shops. The CDr versions are produced in smaller quantities and are therefore rarer, and usually have a tracklist differing somewhat from the final pressed version.
|SRPC-0001||Sharpnel vs Project Gabbangelion||1998-08-16|
|SRPC-0002||ダブル ダッチ (Double Dutch)||1998-10-??||Very limited release|
|SRPC-0003||フロム・ザ・はあと 地獄編 ( From The Heart Compilation)||1998-12-??|
|SRPC-0004||アタック ザ シャープネル (Attack The Sharpnel)||1999-08-??||Two-CD album.|
|SRPC-0007||Genesis:0||2000-12-30||Under "Neon Genesis Gabbangelion" alias.|
|SRPC-0008||S.E.X. -Sound of EXtreme-||2001-08-12||First album under "DJ Sharpnel" alias.|
|SRPC-0009||p2p. ピアッツーピアッ! (P2P PEER-To-PEER!)||2001-12-30|
|SRPC-0010||X-Rated -クロスレートっ!- ( X-Rated -Cross Rate!-)||2002-08-11|
|SRPC-0011||Early Style of Otakuspeedvibe 1996–1998||2002-10-??||Compilation of Project Gabbangelion tracks.|
|SRPC-0012||PPPH – Phat, Pinky, Powerful＆Hard!!||2002-12-30|
|SRPC-0013||Anime Gabba it!||2003-08-17|
|SRPC-0014||No Style? No Policy!?||2003-12-12||Under Jea's "Killingscum" alias.|
|SRPC-0015||Sharpnelsound Collection -One-||2004-05-??||Collection of earlier tracks.|
|SRPC-0016||悩殺! ハードブレイク (Bewitching! Hardbreak)||2004-08-15|
|SRPC-0018||Yonderdome||2005-08-14||Mix CD of tracks from the first 7 albums|
|SRPC-0021||オタクオーバークロックス21 (Otaku Overclocks)||2006-12-31|
|SRPC-0022||ランニング★オールナイトッ!! (Running All Night)||2007-12-31|
|SRPC-0023||二次元サティスファクション (2 Dimensional Satisfaction)||2008-08-16|
|SRPC-0024||妄殺オタクティクス (Delusion O-Tactics)||2009-08-15|
|SRPC-0025||SHARPNELSOUND COLLECTION VOL.2||2009-12-30|
|SRPC-0027||危ないベースライン (Bassline Crisis)||2011-08-13|
|SRPC-0028||Yonderdome Decade -10 Years Of DJ Sharpnel||2011-12-31||50 tracks of various Sharpnelsound releases from SRPC0008-SRPC027|
|SRPC-0029||Welcome To The Ottack Universe||2012-08-11|
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- ^ "DJ Sharpnel discography". http://www.sharpnel.com/rel/rel.htm.
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