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Shadow Dancer - Rhythm Is A Dancer

Author: Daniel Crichton-Rouse
Monday, 14 July 2008
3D's Daniel Crichton-Rouse chats with the Boys Noize signed British electro producers Shadow Dancer. Well, Paul Farrier specifically.

Shadow Dancer- that's quite a menacing thought, someone dancing in your shadow. What's the story behind your name- Based on the video game-
In all honesty, I'm not all that keen on the name...but it's kind of stuck now. And, yes, it does originate from the video game. Although - to get really pedantic - the Shadow Dancer was actually one of the level bosses in an earlier Shinobi game. You fought him in a strobe lit club...we thought it was appropriate.

You two have only been doing this project for a few years now, what were you doing to pass the time prior to, say, 2005-
We've been writing music since...let's say the '80s, so we don't give our ages away. Since we were kids. It was just a hobby and a bit of itch that needed scratching. We never considered sharing it with the wider listening world (so to speak). Prior to 2005, Al was working at his PhD and I had a succession of dead-end, deflating retail jobs. We would occasionally organise our own nights, DJing in bars around Manchester, usually losing money in the process. It was fun, but too expensive.

How did you hook up with Alex at Boys Noize- Via the internet or in a more old school, real world fashion-

Sadly, it doesn't get any more exciting than a bog-standard MySpace encounter. I think I'd posted some kind of comment on the Boys Noize Records page, and Alex got in touch asking for some mp3s. After a few months, we started to talk about doing an EP. It was all a big stroke of luck: there was certainly no kind of self-promotion genius at work as we're really bad at that kind of thing.

Your new release is Cowbois, your fourth EP - any plans for a full-length yet- An artist album or mix-
There's a full artist album planned for October (or thereabouts) on BNR. It's not quite finished yet, as the plan is to keep writing up to the last minute so we can pick the best material out of the pool. It's been difficult because we want something that stands up to home listening as well as being played in a club - plus we're trying to make sure we don't just recycle the same idea 10 times, which would be very dull.

You've done quite a few remixes - officially and not so officially - what tracks have you remixed that we'll only ever hear during a Shadow Dancer set-
We've dropped our (as yet) unreleased remixes of Chromeo, Boys Noize and Suicide Club in DJ sets, and played the latter two in our live sets. They work really well because there's already a familiarity with the originals. Lately, we're steering away from including remixes in the live set as it causes some confusion about whether or not we're just DJing.

Be completely honest here: what's more important to you, nailing a sweet mix or dropping a bonafide floor filler-
Hmm...tricky one. It seems a bit of a cop out to say a bit of both, but that's nearest to the truth. I don't like dropping big hit after big hit as it seems a little too obvious, but it's a great feeling if we play an old acid house or techno track and the crowd love it. That's more satisfying than just relying on a dead cert floor-filler. And it certainly helps if the mixing is fairly tight, just to keep the momentum going. Once you get the crowd into a rhythm, throwing them off with a crap mix can really kill the-er-energy, for want of a better cliché.

WHO: Shadow Dancer
WHAT: Play Kill The Radio at Plantation
WHEN: Saturday 19 July