electronic music and DJ mixes

"Find Me Here" is Shirty's first studio album



Find Me Here - About

"Find Me Here" is a collection of life-affirming and melancholic progressive electronic music.

"Wave Patterns" is meditative. It captures the essence of Ibiza's Cafe Del Mar as the sun drops into the ocean and electric lights flicker to life along the Sunset Strip. "Sunset" is tranquil. Electronic piano chords are washed away by muted bass lines. "Third Law" is a deep cinematic piano track.

"Running Man" is a huge piano house anthem with cascading melodies. "Smiles in the Dark" is a feel-good house track with fuzzy electronic basslines and meticulously detailed harmonies. "Identity" is a soaring guitar riff with a moving bassline and heavenly synth chords.

"9 Jan 2" is an exuberant rock 'n' roll and trance music mashup. "Find Me Here" is an arms in the air journey through different musical landscapes that conjures up visions from science fiction. "Monkey" is an animalistic electro-rave tune with a super catchy hook.

"Anger and Sadness Are the Same Thing" has sad orchestral overtones that envelop an aggressive electronic lead.

Find Me Here - Backstory

I had a friend who ran a radio station in Portugal. He said to me one day 'You should record a radio program for me. You can play what you want!' It was a sweet deal and every fortnight for the coming years I produced a radio show for 'Kiss FM Algarve'.

At the time I regularly drove 250 miles from my home in Derbyshire to the seaside city of Brighton (UK) to see a friend at university there.

On Fridays we would party to indie rock and roll and on Saturday we'd dance to electronic music.

To me, both types of music were a lot of fun, yet they were always played separately at different venues, so I tried to play them together in one continuous DJ mix.

This wasn't easy because electronic music has a mathematically accurate beat whereas indie rock and roll does not.

So, in order to mix the two genres, I extended the intros and outros of indie tracks with electronic beats - initially creating this re-edit of 'The Cure - Close to Me':

I then went on to build more re-edits, which I played on my radio show 'Through The Floorboards'.

"A crossover of dance music and indie rock and roll in a continuous DJ mix."

Through The Floorboards is at its best in this mix.

Making the show was rewarding, but it was also a technical nightmare. It took a long time to convincingly re-edit the indie rock and roll tracks. Sometimes, in the last minutes before the show went to air I was still creating the program.

I would listen anxiously to 'Kiss FM' to hear if the show had uploaded in time. One week the worse happened... There was nothing but radio silence!

Homemade Loop Pedal

Eventually I ceased recording my radio show and started experimenting. I was excited by the idea of playing an instrument during a DJ set; and using my guitar I wanted to create live the extended re-edits and remixes in a Through The Floorboards mix.

To achieve this I built a loop pedal for Ableton Live from an old computer keyboard (this interest in hacking and electronics later lead to the creation of my laser drum kit.)

With this I started to play guitar loops over the top of electronic music, recording my experiments.

As the years passed I learnt music production and mastering and I fleshed out these recordings into 'Find Me Here' in 2018.

My other musical influences for this project include Gui Boratto, Yotto, Kidnap, New Order, Pink Floyd, Deadmau5, Nils Frahm, Ludovico Einaudi, Moby, Gabriel & Dresden and Eric Prydz.

'What does it sound like if you pick four records at random and use them to make a new song?'

2018 also saw me finish EP 'Arrange Whatever Pieces Come Your Way' (under alias 'Openout') where each song was created from four 7" singles chosen at random from thrift stores.