Shy FX

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Shy FX
Shy FX.jpg
Shy FX in 2004 at a rave in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Background information
Birth name Andre Williams
Born London, United Kingdom
Genres Drum and bass, jungle, hip hop
Occupations DJ, record producer
Years active 1992–present
Labels Sound of the Underground Records
Ebony Recordings
Digital Soundboy
Associated acts T Power, Ebony Dubsters, Dizzee Rascal

Shy FX is the pseudonym of Andre Williams, an English DJ and producer from London. He specializes in drum and bass and jungle music.

Biography[edit]

Shy FX's debut record was "Jungle Love", released in 1992 on the Permission to Dance label. Soon after, he signed to Sound Of The Underground Records (often abbreviated as S.O.U.R.) and in 1994 released the breakthrough ragga jungle track "Original Nuttah" (featuring vocals from MC UK Apache) which helped to cement his position as a mainstay producer of the jungle/drum & bass scene.

Throughout his career, he has collaborated with T Power, both as Ebony Dubsters and Shy FX and T Power; their 2001 breakthrough track "Shake Ur Body" with vocalist Di was a number 7 hit in the UK Singles Chart. Released on EMI subsidiary Positiva, it gained widespread support from both club and commercial radio DJs and helped to further popularize drum & bass as a mainstream music genre.[1]

The success of "Shake Ur Body" was followed by the duo's album Set It Off, released in 2002 on Pete Tong's label F.F.R.R.. Several EPs and single releases followed; by 2005, Shy FX had made the decision to consolidate his releases onto his own label and founded Digital Soundboy Recordings. In collaboration with T Power, they subsequently released the album Diary of a Digital Sound Boy on 17 October 2005, featuring the songs "Feelings", "On The Run" and "Plastic Soul". Shy FX and T Power also released "Don't Wanna Know" featuring Di and MC Skibadee. The song was notably used on the UK television programme Soccer AM as part of the 'Skills Skool' feature.

Shy FX produced "Da Feelin" for Dizzee Rascal's 2007 album, Maths + English.[2] He also produced "Can't Tek No More" on Dizzee Rascal's 2009 album, Tongue N' Cheek. His remix of Naughty Boy, Wiley and Emeli Sandé's song "Never Be Your Woman" was released as the single rather than the original mix. Shy's remix charted at number eight on the UK Singles Chart. He remixed "She Said", a number 3 UK chart single by Plan B. His remix was released on both the "She Said" single and on the deluxe edition of Plan B's The Defamation of Strickland Banks.

More recently, he produced "Raver" featuring Kano, Donae'o and Roses Gabor, plus the UK artist Yasmin's first single, "On My Own". He announced that his album, Larger Than Life, was originally scheduled for a 2011 release but has since been renamed Cornerstone and doesn't have a fixed release date.

Williams also produced Yasmin's third single "Light Up (The World)", which features Ms. Dynamite. It peaked at #50 in the UK Singles Chart.[3]

DJ Fresh's single "Gold Dust" was re-released, with the Shy FX Re-Edit as a single, on 2 December 2012. The extended play includes multiple new remixes.

In 2013, he released a single called "Soon Come" featuring Liam Bailey, famous for his collaboration with Chase & Status on their track "Blind Faith". The song reached number 55 in the UK Singles Chart.[4] He also released the single "Cloud 9" in 2013, a collaboration with Ms. Dynamite.

In August 2014 Shy FX remixed the title track from London Grammar's debut album "If You Wait".

Digital Soundboy label[edit]

Williams and T Power (Marc Royal) started the Digital Soundboy label in 2005,[5] initially releasing their own material but quickly expanding to include the artists Visionary, Benny Page and Breakage. The label subsequently grew its genre coverage to the point where its discography includes electro, drum & bass, jungle, dubstep, house and UK funky releases from dozens of artists. All releases are observable as being in Digital Soundboy's "house style", as is the case with most drum & bass/dubstep labels.

Noted dubstep producers Skream, Benga and Caspa have all released tracks on DSB, as have drum & bass/dubstep crossover artists Breakage, Calibre, DJ Fresh and Redlight (a.k.a. DJ Clipz).[6]

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Discography[edit]

Charting singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
UK
[7]
UK
Dance

[8]

[9]

UK
Indie

[10]

[11]

2013 "Soon Come"
(featuring Liam Bailey)
55 18 6 Cornerstone
"Cloud 9"
(with Ms. Dynamite)
62 10 8 Non-album single
"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 497. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ MacPherson, Alex (2007-05-25). "Dizzee Rascal, Maths and English Review". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2007-06-07. 
  3. ^ "UK Singles Chart". 2012-01-28. 
  4. ^ SHY FX | Artist | Official Charts. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-12-23.
  5. ^ Johnson, Tom; Thijs Engels. "Digital Soundboy Recordings vinyl & CD release discography at RollDaBeats". Rolldabeats Discography Database. Retrieved 2013-02-07. 
  6. ^ Discogs.com. "Digital Soundboy Recording Co. - CDs and Vinyl at Discogs". Discogs Discography Database. Retrieved 2013-02-07. 
  7. ^ "Shy FX > UK Charts". Officialcharts.com/ Official Charts Company. 
  8. ^ Peak positions for the Dance singles in the UK:
  9. ^ * For "Cloud 9": "Chart Archive > November 2, 2013". Official Charts Company. 2013-11-02. 
  10. ^ Peak positions for the Indie singles in the UK:
  11. ^ * For "Cloud 9": "Chart Archive > November 2, 2013". Official Charts Company. 2013-11-02. 

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