Currently considered one of the pioneers of the new era of Hard Techno music, Steve Shaden has gathered throughout the year’s esteem and support from his colleagues and the public alike, thanks to his countless productions that still continue to leave a mark on the Techno and Hard Techno scene worldwide.
His sounds are characterized by very aggressive kicks and basses, recognizable by their signature sound, modern grooves that take their cue from the industrial style inspired by his past as drummer, and, from a melodic point of view, his productions are influenced by the early sounds of hardstyle, hard trance and progressive techno from the early 90s, which in turn give his tracks a touch of obscurity and hypnotism.
Throughout his career, his music has seen support by the likes of artists such as Adam Beyer, Amelie Lens, Carl Cox, Charlotte De Witte, Chris Liebing, Dax J, Dj Rush, Ellen Alien, Laurent Garnier, Marco Bailey, Richie Hawtin, Rebekah, Sam Paganini, SLAM, as well as played in the major world festivals ranging from Awakenings to Tomorrowland and the Kappa Future Festival to name a few.
After releasing on world-famous labels within the Techno and Hard Techno panorama – such as Suara, Phobiq, OFF recordings, Naked Lunch – and after reaching with 30 tracks the 1st place on the ranking, in 2014 Steve entered the TOP100 Hard Techno artists as ranked by the famous international store Beatport. In 2018 he subsequently reached the top position and, in the same year, he was awarded the title of best Hard Techno producer by the famous German magazine “Faze Magazine”, cementing him as an international symbol of this music genre.
Steve graduated in music production and sound engineering and became a teacher within the same subject. Today he not only curates his productions but also runs a Mastering studio he founded in June 2019. Furthermore, he runs two successful record labels: EXE and LEVEL, where he releases his music as well as tracks from some of the best producers of today’s Techno and Hard Techno scene. Finally, he shows off his skills as a sound designer by collaborating with the German school SINEE producing sample packs designed for the market for techno and hard techno market.
In addition to the recording and sound engineering business, since 2014, Steve has become an internationally renowned DJ. To date, Steven Shaden has played in the most prestigious clubs throughout Europe and the rest of the world. This is only part of it, has he been asked by many leading radio platforms to perform exclusive DJ sets for FM radios all over the world. Among the latter, we remember his participation in the “KNTXT invites” by Charlotte De Witte, aired in May 2019 on the Belgian radio Stu Bru.
In order to understand what all this means… you just need to listen!
DJ | PRODUCER
Founder and Label Manager of EXE and LEVEL. Since early 2022 a member of the NLTT? family.