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Sharkey

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Sharkey is a popular British DJ/MC/producer and one of the key originators of the genre of music.

Sharkey initially became well known as an MC at hardcore events in the UK in 1993, with a popular and charismatic style. In 1995, he moved into music production, teaming up with DJ Hixxy to release the track “Toytown”, which proved one of the biggest signature tunes of the UK’s scene in the 1990s. This led both Sharkey and Hixxy to being signed by the UK’s leading dance music label, React Music, and the pair released “Bonkers”, the first in a series of albums which as become the best-selling hardcore compilation series of all time. “Revolutions”, a release on React, reached 53 in the UK charts, and Sharkey consequently released the album “Hard Life” in 1998.

Sharkey also produced mixes for the other 15 volumes of Bonkers, except 6 & 7. Volumes 3 and 4 achieved silver sales status in the UK.

He established a relationship with the up-and-coming DJ Kevin Energy in 1998, and the pair were, with several other DJs, instrumental in the creation of the freeform genre of hardcore (a term which was coined by Sharkey himself). This moved the sound away from cheesier sounds of happy hardcore to a faster, more layered, technically more complex sound. A major keystone of the freeform movement is The Nu Energy Collective, of which Sharkey and Kevin Energy are the best-known faces, and the freeform sound played a lead role in the renaissance of the hardcore sound in the early 2000s.

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  • SimonePerrota

    I can see why Sharkey's Machine was critically panned. It's thoroughly unoriginal, like a lot of instrumental hip-hop sadly...

    25 Aug 2:12pm Reply
  • RabOptimus

    Cant beat a bit of Sharkey to wake me up in the morning!

    3 Apr 2010 Reply
  • DAVERUIZ

    thanks for dropping by.

    24 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Mindtzar

    sharkey taking you to dizzying new audio dimensions

    29 Sep 2007 Reply
  • somotitbee

    Good to see/hear you at the Ocean rooms...i was the guy with the white striped sleaves bouncing from wall to wall...yep yep!!...whats happened to ribbzy? is he still on the circuit?

    24 Jun 2007 Reply
  • suckonthat

    no way ascending angels wins by farrr

    19 May 2007 Reply
  • brownieboy

    'Bang like a mother' is the best track by a mile off.

    26 Feb 2007 Reply
  • MirrorrorriM

    # Sharkey was born 4 months premature, his mother's womb couldnt overstand his greatness.

    10 Dec 2006 Reply

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