by Jay ~ In 1989, Shadowrunner awoke to a new rhythm of life found in late nights, all types of different souls and redemption in the dark pulsating arenas of clubs and house parties. Strange new experiences made him more aware of the power of music and how it affects the intellect and alters emotions. This was the start of a long artistic journey of one man for a life in the electronic music culture.
Pizzazz dance club, and later The Power Plant in Lawrence, KS was his first experience working lighting and sound. From August of 89 to February 91, he did lighting for the clubs and house parties as well as started to learn the technical aspects of spinning. These jobs taught him the valuable lesson of creating enjoyable atmospheres with minimal lighting and varied styles of electronic music. It was easy to be accepted into this new group of people, living with the music and being responsible in this community. Attitudes were focused on the exploration of new music and always creating an appropriate vibe to promote the underground sounds.
Fortune smiled on him early on in 1995 when he co-founded a promotions group, “Gawdawful Productions“, which would play a role in helping to cultivate the electronic music scene in Kansas City and elsewhere. His many efforts in this partnership would help produce and manage a handful of larger scale parties, promotions for numerous other events, and weekly house parties and club events. Bringing in such artists as Heather Heart, Adam X, DRC, as well as, showcasing many local and regional talents too.
However, after Gawdawful, he still was content to promote artists and produce parties. As a partner in the label, he represented a group of DJ’s and composers, all talented in their own right, under Nexstrand Records (1997). After a year and a half the partnership dissolves with two releases under their belts.
Finding a passion for his companion’s work and truth in their undertakings, he progressed onto the next level. He opted, after toiling in the background for years, to take a stab at the limelight. Thus, in January of 1999, he devoted himself to his love of the music. Mixing seemed to come easy to him. The many years of studying the technical aspects of music and mixing helped to hasten his skills. Within 3 months, he had his first headlining gig at a smaller club event, and within 6 months, he started headlining at larger events and nightspots regularly.
In the late summer of 1999, Shadowrunner befriended some of the region’s best organizers of the Midwest’s electronic music culture, SyQuiL.com. Nothing made him prouder than being a SyQuiL dj, and helping out with the site. Pappy (Patrick Adams), the owner of the site, contributed so much to the local and regional scene and gave so much exposure to many people and events.
In the summer of 2001, he started a rotation of the regional bars playing regularly at Tragos, The Omni, The Millennium, XO, and with Rj Bass at the Hurricane (a popular club in KC), as well as, keeping up a good schedule of out of town gigs.
Long after he established himself, he continued his journey into the realm of musical immersion by purchasing a Roland MC 505. After gaining competency with this, he pursued the dream further with the Roland SP 808 EX and signed with a local enthusiast group, Goblin Market (2002).
September of 2003 Shadowrunner was approached to assist in the technical operations of an emerging new nightclub in Kansas City. Chakra was a new nightspot with a comfortable approach to clubbing in KC. Shadowrunner took the position of lighting and sound coordinator. Over the course of the next year, he took on many responsibilities (bookings, promotions, staging, bar tending, managerial support, remodeler, and resident disc jockey).
Early 2005: Shadowrunner joins forces with Syde-Sho, KC Collective, and phocas.net He is very anxious to bring his talents to these respected collectives of artists.
His latest CD was in preparation for a spot at Midwest Freakfest in Murphysboro, Illinois. Aurora Sanctum is a collection of some of his recent favorites. He had the early morning set that shut down the stage and welcomed in the dawn.
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Sarah McLachlan - Sweet Surrender (Tiesto Rmx) - Nettwork, US
Ridgewalkers feat. El - Find (Original Mix) - Baroque, UK
Yunus & Subsky - Erotic Sumo - Red Flag Collective, US
Dousk– Mute - Bedrock, UK
Perry O'Neil– Arise - Electronic Elements, Belgium
Avatar - The Haze (Greed Rmx) - SogChrome, UK
Yellow Blackbeard - Superfly (Greed Rmx) - Sogchrome, UK
Parallel Sound - Beyond Your Soul - Hope Recordings, UK
Girl Nobody - Why Am I Alone (Wrecked Angle Rmx) - Release Elements, Canada
What Shadowrunner says this about his CD:
I made this CD to get a feel of a morning set. Sometimes when your senses have been assaulted all night long, it’s nice to kick back and relax to a pretty set. Originally, I was scheduled for an hour set, so the CD was made to be about sixty minutes to practice the programming or general flow of tracks.
The first couple of tracks I keep it vocal and beautiful to lure in the people. Then the next pair of tracks I take them to a dark sensual place and let them relax for a bit. Starting about the fifth track I drift towards an uplifting synth driven movement. This gets the energy flowing and opens the way for the next two tracks. They are more of a rock inspired pair of club tracks that drive hard and don’t let up. Nearing the end of the CD I go a bit breaky with a neo-techy from Hope. This starts to wind it down enough to end it out with a punk vocal break track that pulls back and ends it all.
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