Risin Sound DJ/Producer Shifty at Future Proof tonight in Promenaden Eck

Artist: Shifty

Name: Aaron Warren

Tea or Coffee? Habitual tea drinker, although partial to the occasional cappuccino. Any chance of a biscuit?

Musical History:

I’ve always been surrounded by music – I’m from a family of musicians, so my introduction was inherent I guess. I got into playing the guitar first and foremost but the passion for DJing, collecting records, and the fascination with production and recording soon followed.

Creative Inspiration – musical and otherwise:

I draw inspiration from anything and everything really- art, science, films, books, photography, traveling. With music I’ve always found it’s more about being able to express yourself, and learning from it in the process – if I can get ideas down regularly, and have a means to express myself musically then I’m content.

Variety is key. It’s all about trying different things I reckon… the weirder, more abstract and diverse the better – the inspiration kind of naturally manifests itself during the whole creative process with music. I think it’s remarkable how ideas can develop from simple experimentation- twisting a few knobs here, automating a few parameters there, chopping up samples… Eventually you’ll find something which you find intriguing sonically, or just happens to be perfectly complimentary or contrasting to all of the other elements within a track.

3 words to describe your musical direction:

Organic, Textural, Evocative

3 artists you’re feeling right now:

Djrum, Flylo, Shigheto

3 labels you recommend:

Brainfeeder, Ghostly International, R&S

Food that fuels your creativity:

Cheesecake is the gateway to my soul. No joke.

Fire (Qi), Earth(Xue), Metal(Jing), Water(Shen) or Wood(Jin Ye)?

Fire. I think? Yeah I’ll go with fire.

Aspirations for the future:

Pushing boundaries, experimenting, progressing, developing, performing … and maintaining my integrity and longevity as an artist.

What are you expecting from the night, have you played in Berlin before?

I’ve never been to Berlin before, so immensely looking forward to selecting a few records, having a bit of a boogie and soaking up some culture. I’m humbled to be part of the first Risin Sound showcase following the release of my debut EP on the label last year.

Noel Maurice is one of the founders of indieberlin. Originally from the UK via a childhood in Johannesburg, he has been resident in Berlin since 1991. Describing himself as a 'recovering musician', he is the author of The Berlin Diaires, a trilogy detailing the East Berlin art and squat scene of the early 90s, available on Amazon and through this site.

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