The Shapeshifters are Simon Marlin and Max Reich. Party people at heart, the pair met when Simon signed Max to the Down Boy record label that he worked for.
Musically, Simon found his enthusiasm for house on the dance floor in the late 80’s and early 90’s promoting nights and DJing, while Max got into production via a passion for techno, honed whilst throwing illegal raves in his native city of Gothenburg.
In 2008 they found a new home at Defected Records, leaving Positiva after 4 years, and have since made their mark at the world’s leading house music label releasing ‘Chime’ – a re-work of the Orbital classic – and the ‘Young Dubs EP’ which included ‘Sideways’ and ‘Nocturnal’. The Shapeshifters currently have a host of new releases lined up for 2010. ‘Helter Skelter’ was initially released as in single-track format in May and the full release and remix package will be out in September. ‘Helter Skelter’ is gaining significant pre-release momentum with widespread club and radio support which has included significant support on Radio 1 from Pete Tong’s Essential Selection. The official video – a stunning project from the animated workshop of Rob Wicksteed – is also picking up major attention from music TV stations.
Throughout 2009, The Shapeshifters remixed Natalie Imbruglia’s latest single (‘Want’) and collaborated with Frankie Knuckles on ‘The Ones You Love’ which is out now on Nocturnal Groove. They have also recently remixed Candi Staton (‘Musical Freedom’) and have mixed and compiled a digital compilation (‘Nocturnal Grooves : Vol.2 – Mixed By The Shapeshifters’) for their own Nocturnal Groove imprint.
Aside from 3 top 10 hit records (‘Lola’s Theme’, ‘Back To Basics’ and ‘Incredible’), a BRIT Award nomination, a bucket full of remixes and productions for the likes of George Michael, Faithless, Frankie Knuckles, Todd Terry, Christina Aguilera, Leona Lewis and Moby, the pair continue to produce the goods. They had the best selling house cut on Beatport in 2008 (‘Lola’s Theme (08 Re-Edit)’) and in 2009 delivered remixes for Empire Of The Sun (‘We Are The People’) and Kleerup feat. Titiyo (‘Longing For Lullabies’).
Their critically acclaimed ‘The Shapeshifters – ‘In the House’ DJ mix compilation was another success in an already impressive portfolio and this year The Shapeshifters have also be mixing the ‘Summerdayze’ compilation to coincide with their recent Australian tour in January 2010.
Throughout 2010, The Shapeshifters will hold DJ residencies for Defected @ Pacha (Ibiza – Summer 2010) and at Mansion (Miami) as well as at their long running party hang ‘Nocturnal’, which has recently hosted events at Matter (London) and runs alongside their own Nocturnal Groove label.