10 x 4 – Anthony “Shake” Shakir

Yes. Yes. Again? Yes! Anthony “Shake” Shakir is one our favourite producers of gritty wonk-house. A Detroit native who’s been making music since the eighties, “Shake” has had a bit of resurgence over the last few years with a new generation of producers latching on to his whacked-out, off kilter deep house jams. One such person is Kyle Hall who has picked up “Shake”‘s spiritual baton and ran with it to places that you would never expect. In our (humble) opinion Kyle Hall is not just the future of house music in Detroit, he is the future of house music full stop. Now on his own Wild Oats imprint, Hall is releasing Da SamplaWest Side Sessions, which is a pseudonym of Shakir’s from the nineties. Taking the long out of print original track ‘Mk83’ as a starting point, the record comes with multiple new versions, and a brace of locked grooves for DJ’s to mess with. It is pretty damned special. Generally available in the shops only, we suggest you start on discogs if you want a copy. In the meantime, we are very very stoked to be bringing you a 10 x 4 with Anthony “Shake” Shakir.

Favourite part of the day to create?
Early rather than late.

Method or madness?
A calm state. no madness required or necessary.

Most influential person?
My parents and grandparents

First musical love?
Soul music

Last musical love?
I don’t really know, or it may better to not state

One thing you cannot live with out?
Records and music

One thing you would live without if you could?
My afflictions.

Favourite instrument?
Digital samplers.

Your biggest break so far?
I do not think I have had it yet.

Eureka moment?
When I realized I could actually do this.

Biggest surprise?
Finding out that all i had to do was ask

Biggest disappointment?
Realizing it was not as big as I thought it was.

Love of your life?
Music.

Secret tip?
Try it anyway.

Favourite Tumblr?
What is tumblr?.

A place to create?
At home, or a studio with electricity.