From her beginnings in classical music, to her political awakening playing in punk bands, to her first belt drive turntables, Indianapolis techno mainstay DJ Shiva has always thrown herself wholeheartedly into the music that drives her. Since her start on the decks in 1995, she has continued to hone her craft for the last decade. Applying years of musical study to the turntables, Shiva has rocked crowds the nation over with her meticulous attention to detail, programming and composition, coupled with smooth mixes, effects, double copy tricks, and quick crossfader play. With tastes spanning the range of electro and minimal funk to grinding machine music, her versatility keeps things fresh, while her skills shut down any notions of “she’s good…for a girl”.
In 1999, she joined Adam Jay and Matt Bandy in starting SUBterror, a diverse collective of DJs and artists with a focus on quality music and social/political consciousness. Their focus of raising social and political issues through music, art, and events continues to evolve through various musical, poetic and online avenues.
During a short stint in Philadelphia in 2002, Shiva helped the PhillyTechno crew to push techno back into the forefront of Philly’s exciting music scene. From the Strobe events in the summer/fall of 2002, to her continued alliance with Internal Error Records, the Philly/Indy connection has stayed strong.
Sharing the decks throughout the years with techno’s finest (including Marco Carola, Juan Atkins, T-1000, Mike Dearborn, Oliver Ho, Richie Hawtin, Woody McBride, Adam X, Alexi Delano, and Tim Xavier, to name a few), as well as her steadfast dedication to techno has garnered her respect throughout the US techno community. Her skills continue to speak for themselves as she has stepped into producing her own tunes.
Focusing on production for the last year and half, she has already proved her mettle there as well. With net releases on Heavy Industries and Beretta Music, and her vinyl releases on Internal Error (a split with Adam Jay and a remix of Woody McBride) in record stores worldwide (IER03 recently charted by Ben Long of the Space DJz), rest assured you will soon hear her signature aggressive style on soundsystems everywhere.
Stay tuned for remixes of Greg Gow, Adam Jay, Locutus and Steve Stoll on US labels in 2005/2006, plus keep an ear out for her first European release remixing Manuel Fuentes on Germany’s Giant and Dwarf in fall 2005.
The last ten years have been only the beginning for Shiva, and the future just keeps looking brighter. You think you know…but you have no idea.