"We were somewhere around Gerlach on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold....I remember saying something like 'I feel a bit lightheaded; maybe you should drive'. And suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us and the sky was full of what looked like huge jetsprays, all swooping and screeching and diving around the RV, which was going about three miles an hour with the windows open, cruising to Black Rock City. And a voice was screaming: 'Holy Jesus! What are these goddamn animals?'.....I regained my composure and drawled, 'My friend, we are home. THIS is DISTRIKT.'" - Hunter "Shack" Thomspon
For sixteen years our pal Simon Shackleton (or "Shack" as we like to call him) has been writing, recording and releasing chart-topping tracks under various pseudonyms (Elite Force, Zodiac Cartel, Dust Bowl, Lunatic Calm and Flicker Noise) for many of the world's finest dance labels (Lot49, TCR, Kingsize, Thrust Recordings). And few, if any, have made a more indelible imprint on the world of dance music in as many areas (DJ, producer & label boss) over a longer period of time than has Shack.
The most recognized of his aliases, Elite Force, has been celebrated around the globe for both his accomplishments in the studio and incendiary live DJ sets. Earlier this year, he received the prestigious Breakspoll award for top producer while his multi-genre label, U&A Recordings, was also recognized by Breakspoll as the very best in the world of breakbeat. In his twenty-one years as a DJ, Elite Force has electrified dance crowds at major clubs and international festivals with his signature "bass-driven warehouse music" from Kazakhstan to Australia, London to Tokyo and Budapest to Black Rock City. "Elite Force unites the sometimes warring factions of electro house, techno, and breakbeat, like a peace keeper who values the spirit of cooperation and tolerance", wrote Beatport in 2009. "He was forged in the fires of breakbeat, which has always had a habit of sucking in sounds that pass by. His sets are like a team performance, with tracks coming from all corners of the bass-driven sector, to create a vibrant hodgepodge of boundary-pushing dance music….“
Unbeknownst to many of his fans, Shack's exploits as a producer extend far beyond the realm of dance music into film, television and even video games. His music has been the soundtrack for major motion pictures like The Matrix, Emmy-award winning TV shows such as CSI and his recent collaboration with acclaimed film-score composer, Klaus Badelt (Pirates of the Caribbean, Gladiator, X-Men), on PS3's Motorstorm Apocalypse is yet another crown jewel in a litany of musical accomplishments.
Since his first pilgrimage to Black Rock City in 2009, Shack has become a good friend to many of us who make our home on the corner of 9:00 and F at Burning Man. And we're thrilled to have him back in the DISTRIKT line-up again in 2011 (you can catch Shack's closing set on the DISTRIKT sound system Wednesday afternoon). Suffice to say we couldn't think of a better choice for this, the last episode of the DISTRIKT podcast before Burning Man, than Elite Force. Enjoy Everyone!
For a complete listing of Elite Force-Zodiac Cartel Burning Man set times visit http://on.fb.me/elite-force-burning-man-gigs.
To pick up a copy of Elite Force's "We Are DISTRIKT" (the proceeds of which will be donated to the DISTRIKT camp) visit http://www.beatport.com/release/we-are-distrikt/399357.
And for more information on Shack visit www.eliteforcemusic.com or www.facebook.com/djeliteforce.
1. Hiatus - Insurrection (featuring Linton Kwesi Johnson)
2. Julio Bashmore - Battle for Middle You
3. The Subs - Face of the Planet (Style of Eye Mix)
4. Cirez D & Acki Kokotos - Sirtos Madness
5. &ME - Clamb
6. Bart Skills - Dust
7. Thomas Bangalter - Spinal Scratch (TJR MIx)
8. Mord Fustang Vs Banglater - Lick The Scratch (Elite Force Revamp)
9. Reset! - Calypsoul (Elite Force Revamp)
10. Zoo Brasil - Technik (Elite Force Revamp)
11. D Ramirez - Jump it Up
12. Solo UK - Strawberry Swing
13. Umek Vs Elite Force - Fenaton Demented
14. Elite Force - We Are Distrikt (Beatport Exclusive Version)
15. Far Too Loud - Ready for the Stomping
16. Elite Force Vs Primal Scream Vs Herve - Together
17. His Majesty Andre Vs Elite Force - Need2Disco
18. Moonbootica - Tonight
19. Umek Vs Chris Nasty Vs Elite Force - Crank it Up
20. Beckers & DNox - Little
21. D-Unity - Bazaar
For more information on DISTRIKT, and to make a donation, visit www.distriktcamp.org.
DISTRIKT artwork and PodOmatic page design by Tricia O'Connor Hamon
DISTRIKT vox promos courtesy of Sarah Tancer (http://sarahtancer.com)
DISTRIKT Podcast co-produced by DJ Kramer [DISTRIKT] and DJ Zach Moore [Space Cowboys]