Lineup :: DJs :: Elite Force
Simon Shackleton's Elite Force project began way back in 1996, debuting on his own newly founded 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. After several years with Whole9Yards and Moonshine 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 on a circuit that has included massive shows in Belarus, Hungary, Australia, Italy, USA, Czech Republic, Russia, India, Turkey, Spain, Japan, Georgia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and China, amongst others, as well as numerous festival slots including Glastonbury, Coachella, Burning Man, Kazantip, San Francisco's Love Parade, Wickerman, Breakfest and the Glade.
As a remixer, Elite Force has always been in huge demand, with legendary re-workings for the likes of Grandmaster Flash, Groove Armada, Crystal Method, Jungle Brothers, Stereo MCs, UNKLE & Infusion all contributing to his reputation as one of the most creative and effective remixers around.
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, and in 2011 he co-wrote 50% of the music to hit game Motorstorm : Apocalypse alongside Oscar-winning composer Klaus Badelt (Pirates of the Caribbean / Gladiator).
After releasing one of the most forward thinking albums in dance music (‘Revamped, 2010) to huge critical acclaim, Elite Force embarked on a bruising DJ schedule & has continued to destroy clubs and festivals alike with his bag of bespoke edits. Whilst his label, U&A Recordings is rarely out of the upper echelons of the charts, he enjoyed a unique first when his Revamped album was released, 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. Subsequently he has received no fewer than 10 Breakspoll Nominations in the last two years, taking home the Awards for Best Producer and Best Label.
Social networking plays a key role in Elite Force's unique and direct approach to connecting with fans as his 25,000 strong mailing list will testify. He also recently passed the 23,000 mark on his Facebook Page as well as approaching his 1 millionth Soundcloud play, a platform on which his was the single most played track in 2009.
2012 sees the release of RVMPD2, an album of re-inventions, remixes, mashups and originals featuring an A-List cast, including Skrillex, Primal Scream, Adele, Deadmau5, Muse, Nero, Chemical Brothers and a host of legends from the world of electronic music. It has already been an internet sensation, with around 20,000 downloads in the first two weeks alone. Praised widely for his forward-thinking attitudes to the digital domain, this album is being released over an 18-week period, with one track a week being drip fed to a hungry public. In just two weeks of releases, over 300 online blogs had seized onto the project. A further four original singles have seen the light of day since late 2011, with all of them hitting the very top of the charts on the global download stores.
Elite Force is also a staple in the world of Internet Radio, having trail-blazed his music around the globe via his Strongarm Sessions on Proton Radio and Breaks FM over the years, and now enjoys a bi-monthly residency on Rough Tempo Radio and will be launching a brand new Internet TV show, United & Anarchic on the highly prestigious Be.At.TV in April 2012 alongside label mates and long-term signings The Loops of Fury.
This is one of the single most important, captivating and crucial mixes / album of the new decade
(It’s a big and very long call, I know, we’ve got 9 years until the 20’s) not just for breaks, but for the
dance music scene as a whole, it’s a signal of what is capable when you throw in innovation,
experience and pure class. I have high hopes that Re:Vamped will re-invigorate a genre that many
have missed." [InTheMix Magazine, AUSTRALIA]
“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. He was forged in the fires of breakbeat, which has always had a habit of sucking in sounds that pass by. Elite’s 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….“
"Any American mofos reading this, you seriously need to check out Elite Force – he is running tings at the moment when it comes to bass music" [DJ Mag Miami Issue]
"That is one hell of a Dubstep track in 'Shaolin Style' !" [Core Magazine]
"Whhooooaaaaaaaaa, big up's posse in effect. This is f*cking magnificent. Cheeky, dirty and just pure and simple Grade A. I really cant pick just one track that I like best, they are equally god damn amazing!!!" [EQ Magazine]
"The tracks all grab you right away with a fierce force" [Urb Magazine]
"This is an amazing project. Classic and cosmic, yeah!! Full support from Radio One!" [Annie Nightingale, Radio One]
"Thanks to Elite Force, we have entered a whole new paradigm in mashupology ... he has created a collection of numbers that sound like original compositions, such are the intricacies of his tailoring. Think less mash-up and more electronic investigation, this won't lose momentum anytime soon"
[iDJ Magazine (album reviews)]
"One of the most consistently innovative and hard-working producers out there ... from dubstep to tech-funk, this electrifying bunch of ace mash-ups mixed into a coherent, genre-traversing blend is a exceptional" [DJ Magazine (album reviews)]
"The originator of the anti-genre DJ-style 'tech-funk' takes the realms of cross-genre production to another effortless high with Re:Vamped. In a nutshell, this kicks. 5/5" [Mixmag Reviews]
"Hands down the most powerful release at the turn of the new year. Elite Force shows that he's at the forefront of change and innovation in a branch of scenes that need a boost of adrenaline and a dash of the unique."
"Elite Force's work maintains a dedication to quality that has somewhat depleted amongst his digital peers. For that reason alone he remains an important and unique figure within dance music and as long as he continues to push boundaries and re-write the rulebook, he will continue to be treasured for a long long time. Absolute FIRE on all tracks. Full coverage in the mag."