James Shaw (musician)

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James Shaw
Jimmy Shaw live in Victoria 2012.jpg
In Victoria B.C., November 2012
Background information
Birth name James Shaw
Genres Indie rock,[1] alternative rock,[1] new wave,[1] post-punk revival,[1] synthpop,[1] dance-rock[1]
Occupations musician, record producer, recording engineer
Instruments guitar, synthesizers
Years active 1998–present
Labels Metric Music International
Last Gang
Arts & Crafts (Mexico Only)
Associated acts Broken Social Scene, Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton

James Shaw (sometimes credited as Jimmy Shaw) is a founder and lead guitarist of Canadian indie rock band Metric. He is also founder of the band Broken Social Scene[2] and an award winning producer.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Shaw was born in London, England and raised in Bellevue, Ontario. He spent three years earning a classical music education at the Juilliard Music School in New York. Upon returning to Toronto, Canada, he met Emily Haines, and the two began dating and making music immediately. This led to the creation of the band Metric. His early efforts to make sure that former high school friends Haines and Kevin Drew helped the evolution of the band Broken Social Scene and resulted in Drew saying about Shaw "I consider him my husband to this day."[4]

Shaw produced the debut album of the Montreal band The Lovely Feathers (who toured with Metric in 2005).[5]

He is also a partial owner of Giant Studios in Toronto with Sebastien Grainger, member of Death From Above 1979.[6]

Nominated with Emily Haines for the Juno Award for Songwriter of the Year in 2010. Won the Juno Award for Producer of the Year in 2013 for the songs "Youth Without Youth" and "Breathing Underwater" from Metric's album Synthetica.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Metric – Music Biography, Credits and Discography : AllMusic". Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Buckley, Michael (6 June 2013). "Music Box: Indie rock band Metric visits Rams Head Live! in Baltimore". capitalgazette.com. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Accolades for the week of May 21". concordia.ca. 21 May 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Berman, Stuart (2009). This Book is Broken: The Broken Social Scene Story. House of Anansi Press. p. 38. ISBN 088784796X. 
  5. ^ Garcia, Michelle (28 April 2006), Lovely Feathers Found on Road 
  6. ^ Rowland, Jamie (24 June 2009). "Metric : Interview". pennyblackmusic.com. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "James Shaw Juno Summary". junoawards.ca. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Toronto at the Junos". NOW. 25 April 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 

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