Making a nice change to our weekly post-work routine, we headed to Dance Tunnel on Wednesday to engage in an evening of chin-stroking with CDR. Their workshops have recently invited Fred P and Marcellus Pittman to lead production masterclasses and the first of 2016 welcomed a rising UK talent Shanti Celeste.
Rather than give away all the secrets that Shanti’s offloaded that evening, we’ve picked out five things we learnt from / about her. Some might help you make music like her, and others might just bring a smile.
On a side note, for any budding producers, the Open CDR session that followed the workshop is well worth looking into. You can submit your own tracks to be played on the Dance Tunnel system as part of a two hour improvised DJ set.
Five things we learnt from Shanti
1. Her first residency was for a night called Super Ultra Mega
Before affiliations with Idle Hands, brstl, Secretsundaze, Future Times and Apron, Shanti’s allegiances belonged to a party which trumps them all for the sheer audacity of its name choice. Sadly we couldn’t find any artwork in the archives, but we hope it lived up to the name.
2. She didn’t come to Bristol for the music
An art degree at UWE was Shanti’s route into Bristol and, despite a deep interest in house music and a passion for DJing, she didn’t see music as a serious career option at first.
3. The dole gave her a foot up into music
Channel 5 might like to give the benefit system a good bashing but without it, Shanti wouldn’t have had the time and space to take music seriously. Her first studio set-up was borrowed (or donated, in the case of her first synth, which was promised to her by an inebriated friend).
4. Her first job for Idle Hands could have been sweeping the floors
Shanti and Chris Farrell became friends after becoming acquainted on dancefloors around Brsitol. Around the same time, Rooted Records shut down and Chris set up Idle Hands. Shanti was so keen to be involved she offered to make tea and sweep floors for free. After hearing her first demos, it was Chris who gave Shanti the confidence to finish her first EP, which would be released on brstl in 2013.
5. House music doesn’t make life easy for her
Despite a deep love for the genre, when it comes to making house music herself, her admiration and knowledge of other peoples’ work makes it difficult to live up to her own high standards. Not that we’ve noticed, given the enviable catalogue of work she’s already built up.
We’re hearing about some exciting plans in the works for CDR’s Dance Tunnel workshops, so like them on Facebook to be the first to hear.