After a long and drawn out affair with industrial beats in her adolescence, the transition to drum n bass was completely natural for Nightshade. Blending sound was a more emotional alternative that offered her an opportunity to manipulate musical progression and direction. Born and raised on the skirts of NYC, this drum-lover took full advantage of the budding drum n bass culture the city had to offer. By 1999 she had acquired twin Technics of her own; and with such an eclectic taste in music, her launch into jungle was inevitable. A strong background in music theory accelerated her ability to learn the trade, as she became a novice in her genre. It was obvious that the evolution of breakbeat hardcore into contemporary jungle had piqued her interest.
Nightshade's musical grace and integrity is clear when she performs; this gifted crowd-pleaser administers high energy and intensity as she plays. A self-proclaimed bass-addict, she rides sophisticated beats fused with heavy doses of NYC bass. Her unique choices in drum n bass appeal to even the most hesitant and shy dancefloor. She actively maintains a connection with the dancers on the floor, never isolating herself from the audience.
For two years she served as on-air host of Rhode Island's 88.3fm 'State of the Art,' which was considered one of the most popular electronic radio shows in the New England college circuit by 1999. The show was eventually cancelled in 2000 at it's peak however, due to dicey and controversial talkbreaks instigated by the young junglevixen herself.
Featured at the 2001 Warped Tour on Randall's Island in NYC, Nightshade rocked a scorching set as thousands poured into the area, earning the respect of even the rock community. This was by far her most significant career-booster to date, and spawned a series of out-of-state bookings following the show.
The appearance caused much public curiosity and brought her to the attention of the prestigious Seattle-based Tytan Studios. One of the few junglists signed to the label, she was honored to share a roster with nationally acclaimed names like Bam Bam, Alex Peace, Spree, Lord Vishnu, among others.
Nightshade has played alongside international talent like Klute, DJ Hive, The Usual Suspects, Heather Heart, Angel Alanis, Reid Speed, and Doc Scott in major cities all over the east coast, and has rinsed it in west coast metropolises such as Phoenix and L.A. as well. She has made guest appearances on popular shows like Kind Radio, Fusion Tuesdays, The Space for Bass Show, and Magnetik Radio, spreading her sound to a wide range of listeners.
Her production credits include popular jungle compilations like Watch Your Step, Individually Wrapped, Jillís Box, Nine Ways From Sunday, and Blacklisted.
As she matures as an artist, Nightshade demonstrates the ability to think outside the traditional sounds of drum n bass, anchored to her own interpretation of the music. Nightshade's rapidly growing status is making her one of the most sought after up-and-comings in her genre. Her love of the music and dedication to the trade allow her to share an intimate energy with those who come to see her perform.