With thunderous beats, ominous soundscapes, and shimmering synthesisers, Brisbane producer SHVRDZ is set to turn plenty of heads with his latest trap-infused single and catalogue of remixes.
SHVRDZ (pronounced “shards”), the moniker of Michael Holmes, has been crafting hard-hitting beats and unruly soundscapes since he was 13-years-old, after being inspired by Skrillex’s ‘Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites’ EP. Holmes began producing as SHVRDZ in early 2016 – his first handful of releases reflect the influence of Skrillex, with his remix of “Red Lips” and single “Gem” featuring familiar shattering dubstep drops and jagged synthesisers.
In the past 18 months SHVRDZ has been truly prolific – releasing seven remixes, five singles, a collaborative EP with fellow Brisbane beatmaker Allistere, and in April 2017 his debut EP ‘Waiting’. His Soundcloud profile has already amassed well over 1 million streams, with his remix of Skrillex & Rick Ross’ “Purple Lamborghini” alone racking-up almost 800k plays.
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SHVRDZ’ latest single “One Life” features the silky voice of fellow Brisbane artist Aerborn, whose dreamy tone adds a sense of fragility to the otherwise thumping soundscape.
Even though she has her own electronic project, Aerborn was drawn to collaborate with SHVRDZ when she first heard his distinctive and energetic production.
“I started working with SHVRDZ because his songs are like a totally new world for me and my voice to explore – his textures and layering have the ability to shift your mood as soon as you start listening,” says Aerborn.
The track was recorded, mixed, and mastered by SHVRDZ over two days in a temporary bedroom studio, using only a microphone and his laptop. Infusing the styles of trap, dubstep, and future bass, SHVRDZ has produced an accomplished club-filler complete with air-horns, infectious handclaps, firing handguns, and warbling sub-bass.
Lyrically, “One Life” addresses the dangers of conforming to unrealistic body images and personalities perpetuated by social media – “Take off this mask, let it go / evolution of the soul”.
Fun facts about new single “One Life (ft. Aerborn)”
● The single was recorded, mixed, and mastered by SHVRDZ over two days in a temporary bedroom studio – using just a microphone and his laptop
● Lyrically, “One Life” addresses the dangers of conforming to unrealistic body images and personalities perpetuated by social media
● SHVRDZ’ latest single follows the release of his debut EP ‘Waiting’ and remixes of Kendrick Lamar’s ‘HUMBLE”, and Skrillex & Rick Ross’ “Purple Lamborghini
While the new single sees SHVRDZ drift slightly in a pop-orientated direction, the emerging producer says he’s enjoying experimenting with all styles of dance music, particularly trap and future bass.
“To me, this project is equally about the imagery as it is about the music. I can’t wait to debut my live show and visuals, and to take the experience around Australia,” says SHVRDZ.