"Let's call it bass-driven warehouse music"
Simon Shackleton's Elite Force project began way back in 1996, debuting on his own Fused and Bruised label with a series of peerless 12s and remixes. After five successful years winning plaudits from the likes of Fatboy Slim & Jon Carter, he put Fused and Bruised on the backburner to concentrate on production work, enjoying chart-topping releases with Whole9Yards and Moonshine (USA) he became a primary artist on Adrift Recordings (formally known as Kingsize) before moving on to build his own empire under the U&A Recordings banner.
On the decks, Elite Force has been a prime mover since 1990 when he cut his teeth playing huge student nights and self-promoted acid house nights in the South West of England. Since then he has become known as one of the top technicians & floor-fillers on a circuit that has included massive shows in Belarus, Hungary, Australia, Italy, USA, Czech Republic, India, Turkey, Spain, Japan, Georgia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and China, amongst others, as well as numerous festival slots including Glastonbury, Shambhala, Ultra, Coachella, Kazantip, Burning Man, WMC, San Francisco's Love Parade, Wickerman, Breakfest and the Glade, to name but a few.
Elite Force's music has also been the soundtrack to many a movie, with a huge list of impressive A-list credits to his name, including the likes of the Matrix, Charlie's Angels, Arlington Road, Mortal Kombat, Crow, The Bone Collector, The Jackyll, Spiderman 2, and his music has appeared on a wide array of TV shows, from CSI to Top Gear, from Football Focus to LA Doctors. He's also soundtracked a number of computer games, including no fewer than 5 FIFA games, several of the Wipeout series, The Matrix and Motorstorm 1 & 2. In 2010 he scored no fewer than 14 tracks alongside Oscar-Winner Klaus Badelt for the award-winning Motorstorm : Apocalypse, the results of which can be found on his seminal 'Shockland' album.
Whilst his current label, U&A Recordings is rarely far from the top of the Beatport charts, he enjoyed a unique first when his Revamped album was released in 2010, when he had all 14 tracks inside the top 50 (all genres) thereby holding a 35% share of dance music's most popular tracks. By the end of 2010 he enjoyed 4 of the top 10 best sellers of the year in the Beatport Breaks Chart including the #1 with M.A.D., as well as having seen no fewer than SEVEN of his tracks and mixes hit the number ONE slot over the course of the year. He subsequently was voted Best Producer and Best Label at the International Breakbeat Awards, as well as being runner-up to Krafty Kuts in the Best DJ category. He also took home a prestigious Beatport Award from the WMC for the best selling Breaks track of 2010.
In 2012, Elite Force's sound is widely described as "bass-driven warehouse music". With a sound that defies simple categorization, his DJ sets and production skills take him from electro to breaks and from techno to dubstep, but always with a unique, no-compromise attitude. Unlike many of his peers, he routinely plays 3-hour sets (and longer), embracing the world of music, and making him a true DJs DJ, and something of a twisted visionary.
March 2012 sees the release of RVMPD2, a follow-up to Revamped, featuring a peaktime excursion through Elite Force's unique record bag taking in artists as diverse as Primal Scream, Skrillex, Chemical Brothers, Zoo Brazil, Thomas Bangalter, Basement Jaxx & even Adele!. This seamless blend takes us into heads down territory for a run of superlative cuts reassembling recent clubbing history into a whole that effortlessly transcends the sum of its parts. Dissecting elements of Flux Pavillion, Stanton Warriors, Doctor P, Umek, Muse & Nero and assimilating them into a world of fierce subs, cavernous beats and incessant leads, before stitching them back together with consummate ease.
1) Elite Force - Society Suicides: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nceAGqfdykQ
2) Elite Force - Captain America: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWkJ7nYE0cU
3) Elite Force - Law of Life: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWnjVRobf0w
4) Elite Force - Mainframe Wrekka: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3d6MMp9Gjk
5) Lunatic Calm - Leave You Far Behind: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maP6q3D4Hf0