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Super Color: Shaded Brings Serious Techno to a Fun Environment

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Serious techno in a fun environment – Super Color aims to inject a newfound life and character into its series of events.

It’s a bright and sunny day in Newport Beach, California, and the conversation with Shaded begins on the subject of fashion. In between sips of coffee and micheladas we discuss the rise of all black fashion, especially in regards to how it became so prominent in dance music.

“It’s a recent thing, but the “dark” phase has always been going on in fashion forward places like London, Paris, or New York,” explains Shaded. “There’s always been an undercurrent, and it’s essentially high fashion that trickled into techno music”

There are always tastemakers within any industry, and the rise of minimal techno saw a new wave of artistic expression – both in fashion and music. Well-respected DJ’s embraced this fashion, and the natural progression led to a wide spread expression of minimalism and at times, seriousness.

“I think our music is serious in terms of creating it, but when you’re in a party environment there’s nothing serious about it – It’s very fun, and I feel the focus on dark clothing and the minimalistic vibe transcended into the DJ booth.”

SHADEDSuper Color embodies a very simple concept, but one that can sometimes get lost in the mix of nightlife culture. Simply put…Super Color is fun. In the event’s maiden voyage, Shaded and company transformed the small venue of La Cave into a mini techno playground complete with celebrity cardboard cutouts, Hawaiian shirts, and of course a massively worthy sound system. With vibrant colors and a warm atmosphere from a hometown crowd, Super Color is a refreshing take on traditional club nights.

“I always liked that idea of being entertained, but when I was thinking of a concept for Super Color I wanted it to be visually pleasing, but stylistically very simple and straight forward”12310079_1002292536476090_4033520487032850706_oAs Shaded further explains Super Color, events such as El Row or Sunflower immediately come to mind. I wasn’t the only one to think this, as one of Shaded’s friends also stated that the concept was reminiscent of El Row, but Shaded is quick to dispel this comparison. El Row is downright sensory overload with costumes, pool floats, confetti, choreographed dancers, and the list goes on, but Super Color maintains it’s own unique atmosphere.

“The idea isn’t to be like a carnival,” he says. “I want it to be the middle ground where it’s still simplistic, but well thought out and attention grabbing.”

Throughout 2016 Shaded and his concept of Super Color will manifest into a fun party environment that will stretch far beyond Southern California, with a universally applicable concept spreading positive music and energy. So be on the lookout for Super Color and the festive atmosphere it has to offer.

 

SHADED – Ripped Kick EP

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As 2015 moves along, Los Angeles based producer, SHADED, keeps gaining momentum. He has recently appeared at major events like WMC and Desert Hearts, and has just put out a strong four-track EP for Turbo Recordings.

SHADED’s Ripped Kick EP is a head first dive into peak time minimal that fits perfectly with the mantra of Turbo Recordings. The title track, Ripped Kick, starts things off with sharp drums and a signature elastic bassline. The track chugs along consistently, but keeps things just weird enough with the inclusion of left field sounds and effects that is sure to have heads rolling on the dance floor. Read more

Techno Therapy: Shaded – Gender Bender

Shaded Gender Bender

After a memorable performance by SHADED last night at Sound Nightclub for Monday Night Social, it was only appropriate to have this weeks Techno Therapy come straight from his new Gender Bender EP for Sci+Tec.

Gender Bender is a fine piece of minimal techno that finds a perfect home with the Sci+Tec sound. Rubbery basslines bounce along with a trippy vocal hook, and then in Sci+Tec fashion the random weirdness comes from percs and other various elements that SHADED includes at his discretion. Quick escalations in the bassline scale give the original mix solid flare and the overall quality of the track is sure to decimate dance floors worldwide. We know it did last night for sure!

In addition to the original mix, Gender Bender received remix treatment from Carlo Lio and Matador, both Sci+Tec staples. You can listen/preview the entire Gender Bender EP here on the Sci+Tec Soundcloud.

Carlo Lio decides to take the track in a much harder direction choosing to not utilize as many of the original elements. That being said, his use of the vocal in conjunction with his sound design makes it one bomb of a remix, and my personal favorite off the EP. Matador chooses to stick with a more linear path on his take of Gender Bender, but still leaves his recognizable mark on the track. A nice well-rounded bass sits underneath the minimalistic elements quite nicely, and once he throws in a groovy shaker pattern the track feels complete.

To wrap it all up, this is a strong release from the LA native with two great artists on remix duty. Gender Bender couldn’t have found a better home than on Sci+Tec, and we’re sure that 2015 will be another strong year for SHADED. That’s this weeks dose of Techno Therapy, keep grooving everyone.