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As a DJ and producer Shem McCauley AKA Slacker continued to be on the cutting edge until his untimely death, with a reach far beyond most of his contemporaries, a history spanning numerous musical genres and a diverse checklist of fans throughout the business.

With a career spanning nearly two decades, it is little wonder that Slacker was usually one step ahead of the game; this was more apparent than ever after the introduction of Ableton Live into the marketplace has finally given him the technology to produce the live show he has always wanted. With a back catalogue boasting over 50 original tracks, and in excess of 100 remixes under his various guises as Streets Ahead, Nation 12, Ramp, Live It!, Head Honcho and Slacker, Shem was busy developing a new “laptop live” show which enabled him to make every performance unique, remixing live any element of each track as he chose and giving him the ability to incorporate the many quirky samples and secret riffs that up until now have been locked away in Slacker towers. Throw in a frenzy of scratching and effects from Shem on the CDJ and you have a heady brew indeed.

A DJ for over 16 years, the words “been there, done that!” spring to mind. The world map on his website pinpointing the multitude of cities he has played testifies to his global popularity. Originally as DJ Streets Ahead, Shem was one of the pioneers of the UK Hip Hop scratch scene, playing alongside the likes of Tim Westwood and picking up production and remix credits beside Roxanne Shante and Public Enemy. As a student in Brighton, England he established various sound systems alongside fellow South Coast boys Norman Cook and Carl Cox.


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  • bassman30

    Sadly it seems he committed suicide in Bangkok in 2012 after a battle with depression :(

    17 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Rooriguezz

    Does anybody know what's happened to him? Did he commit suicide or die accidentally?

    14 Feb 2014 Reply
  • sundial07

    RIP Slacker. Your contributions to mankind will never be forgotten.

    1 Feb 2013 Reply
  • PhiL06

    RIP! :o ... "Hymn to him"....!

    25 Apr 2012 Reply
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    7 Feb 2012 Reply
  • trancemw13

    Cześć Jego pamięci.

    29 Jan 2012 Reply
  • AnnoyingChild

    RIP! You will be missed!

    28 Jan 2012 Reply
  • jowie

    One of my fave producers from the 90s, he will be terribly missed :(

    27 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Biliguudei

    Rest in Peace , !

    24 Jan 2012 Reply
  • vampirul_18's a psychout thing and it's spreading, and it's like... i don't know, it's pushing me to the edge and i don't know if it's Lucifer himself or what... He's collecting a lot of them out there.

    10 Sep 2011 Reply
  • tincub

    'start a new life' is a refreshing and organic down tempo success!

    19 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Hershe_s

    amazing! in love with "hymn to her"

    26 Aug 2010 Reply
  • trancing

    Good stuff.

    18 Aug 2010 Reply
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    3 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Nachkebia

    Start A New Life is great

    16 Apr 2010 Reply
  • yulquen

    Start a New Life is the best thing I've heard so far this year - it's been a long time since I heard a chillout album which kept me engaged when not functioning as background music

    7 Mar 2010 Reply
  • PJunior

    Congrats for Slacker - Psychout (Remix)! best regards

    27 Jul 2008 Reply
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