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Kevin Shields

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Dublin, Ireland (1983 – present)

There are two artists by the name of Kevin Shields.

1. Kevin Shields (born 21 May 1963) is an Irish musician, singer-songwriter and producer, best known as the vocalist and lead guitarist of My Bloody Valentine. He has collaborated with Patti Smith and been a touring member of Primal Scream, as well as producing several artists and contributing solo material to the 2003 film, Lost In Translation.

Shields was born in New York, United States and raised in Dublin, Ireland, after moving back with his parents and siblings as a child. In Dublin, he formed band The Complex with drummer Colm Ó Cíosóig and later, the band A Life in the Day. Shields and Ó Cíosóig formed My Bloody Valentine in 1983 and experienced several lineup and location changes until 1987, when its most notable featuring vocalist/guitarist Bilinda Butcher and bassist Debbie Googe joined.

Shields has a unique guitar sound, which lies in his approach to performing the instrument. Using a selection of Fender Jaguars and Jazzmasters, he manipulates custom tremolo arms while strumming chords, which he claims contributes a lot to the overall sound of My Bloody Valentine. Shields combines this technique with excessive volumes to produce better sustain, tremolo modulation effects, and reverse reverb effects.

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