Jason Arnold, known by his stage name ShyBoy, is an American singer, songwriter, producer and DJ/mashup artist.
ShyBoy’s music has been featured in TV shows, films and video games, including ABC’s Super Fun Night, SyFy’s Warehouse 13, CW’s America’s Next Top Model and Capcom’s multi-platinum game Devil May Cry 4. He’s performed on stages in Europe and North America, including a headliner slot at the Carmel Art and Film Festival (at the Pacific Repertory Theatre’s Golden Bough Playhouse), a series of shows at the CBGB Festival in NYC, and multiple residency dates at The Hotel Café in Los Angeles (with his live band, consisting of Angela Momiyama on bass, Elizabeth Goodfellow on drums and Mark Nubar on piano). ShyBoy has shared the stage with artists such as Amanda Palmer, Griffin House, Meiko and Bell X1, and has appeared on numerous radio shows and web series, including Stripped Down Live with Curt Smith.
ShyBoy’s debut solo LP Water on Mars was released in October 2013. Produced by Arnold and Nubar, the album features co-writes with songwriters such as Allee Willis, David Batteau, Ivo Moring, Wendy Waldman and others. The songs “Bird in Flight” and “Wouldn’t It Be Good” were released as singles, both with videos directed by filmmaker Michael Bodie and produced by Loretta Ramos. The Huffington Post’s review of Water on Mars says the album “makes a bold, tuneful impression on today’s indie-pop landscape” and that it is “one of the year’s smartest, not-to-be-missed debuts.” The Monterey County Weekly described ShyBoy’s music as “a cross-pollination of RJD2, DJ Shadow and 2001: A Space Odyssey – Arnold’s understated vocals quickly erupt into full-blown soulful crooning that’s irresistible for eardrums.” Coinciding with the release of Water on Mars, the HLN news series Raising America with Kyra Phillips selected one of the album’s tracks - “When I Close My Eyes” - as the show’s theme song.
In July 2014, ShyBoy released The Interstellar Travel Companion Mixtape, containing a collection of mashups, remixes and original material. On October 1, 2014, ShyBoy’s second full-length LP, Lost in Space, was released digitally worldwide. The recording features collaborations with Emmy Award-nominated lyricist Amy Powers, German electronic music composer/DJ robot koch, Emmy Award-winning composer Jim Dooley, television writer/producer Bryan Fuller and more. The collection also contains a cover of the Donna Summer classic “She Works Hard For The Money.”
As lead singer for the band Hypnogaja, ShyBoy received a Hollywood Music In Media Award for Best Male Vocalist and toured with the band throughout Canada and the U.S. He co-wrote/produced numerous recordings with Hypnogaja, including the concept LP Truth Decay (rated 9 out of 10 stars by Outburn magazine, which described it as “an expertly crafted album”). ShyBoy’s vocal from the Truth Decay track “Welcome to the Future” was remixed by DJs Kristina Sky, Randy Boyer, Darude, Menno de Jong and released on the EnMass Music label. The song’s world premiere was on BBC Radio 1 by DJ Judge Jules.
ShyBoy is a resident DJ and vocalist at Adrian & the Mysterious D’s club Bootie at The Echoplex in Los Angeles. He’s also performed at other Bootie locations, including New York, Berlin and the DNA Lounge in San Francisco. He was nominated for Best DJ in the 2014 Best of LA Weekly Awards. Under the DJ ShyBoy moniker, he has produced numerous mashup mixtapes and concept albums (The RuPaul Mixtape, MaDonna Summer), remixes (RuPaul’s “The Beginning”) and original singles, including an artist collaboration with RuPaul on “The Shade of It All,” “Runway Girl,” “Reading is Fundamental,” “It’s Not Personal (It’s Drag)” and “Oh No She Better Don’t” - all released by World of Wonder and featured on seasons 4, 5 and 6 of VH1/Logo’s RuPaul’s Drag Race.