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California, United States (1991 – present)

Considered a prominent figure in the development of , DJ Shadow (real name Josh Davis) has proven himself with groundbreaking, genre-defining solo output on such respected labels as Solesides and Mo’ Wax.

DJ Shadow spent his teenage years in Davis, California and was a at the community radio station KDVS. During his time as a radio disc jockey, DJ Shadow was significant in developing the instrumental style associated with the California-based record label. His early singles for the label, including In/Flux and Lost and Found (S.F.L.), were genre-bending works of art merging elements of , , , , , , and used-bin found records. DJ Shadow is often cited as a leading creator of , though this is a label he strongly contests.

Although he previously released a couple of original works (during 1991-1992 for Hollywood Records) by the time Mo’ Wax’s James Lavelle contacted him about releasing In/Flux on the fledgling imprint, it wasn’t until his distribution association with Mo’ Wax that his sound began to mature and cohere.

Shadow’s first full-length work, Endtroducing…, was released in late 1996 to immense critical acclaim. Following the success of this album, he acted as a shadow producer for Rage Against the Machine for their album, Evil Empire. It is said he influenced the solo on their song “Bulls On Parade”. Endtroducing…

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