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A true DJ’s DJ Mike Shannon has won legions of fans and the respect of his peers alike for his deep crates and lightning fast mixing skills. And while some may suggest he has gravitated towards smoother, deeper selections as the years go by, those in the know will tell you he has few equals when it comes to whipping dance floors into a relentless techno frenzy should you catch him on a night with that mischievous twinkle in his eye. As Mike prepares for his Hennessy Artistry gig at CounterCulture this Saturday, he sat down with us to share a list of five records that have shaped his life.


Pink Floyd – Meddle

This album contains one of the most amazing songs of all time entitled ‘Echoes’.  The 20-minute masterpiece is one of the greatest feats of audio engineering.  So many amazing things happen on this album that never happened in recorded music before. The effects on the grand piano, for example, are unreal. I’m a sucker for cool synth work and effects and this album was the one that started psychedelic rock.


John Lee Hooker – Boogie Chillen

The boogieman Mr Hooker is hands down the most badass blues man ever to grace the stage. A Boogie Chillen is the best complete album he ever wrote. No fancy tricks, just the raw drunk funk. The title track Boogie Chillen is incredible. Its just John tapping his foot and smacking his guitar and playing the baddest chords the south side of Chicago has ever heard. The blues on this record can light up a party and sooth souls. It is by far the best combination of his works and one of the most influential records in rock history. Whether you know it or not, the style of guitar play in this record influenced so many players worldwide.



The Beatles – Revolver

Many people regard Revolver as the best rock album of all time. The production techniques used in this album raised the bar and set a new precedent for records to come. This album put Abby Road on the map and most definitely contains the most complex music the Beatles ever recorded. Its one of those pieces of music that somehow echoes into your production. Revolver used to be on constant repeat around my house and I’m sure my mom still plays it at least once a month.[/text_post]


Badly Drawn Boy – The Journey of the Wilderbeast

The only cool record this guy ever did and for some reason I listened to this album almost every other day for a year. He spent over three years recording it and most definitely didn’t rush perfection in the process. It also features some great recording tricks (like sitting a amp on the end of a dock and recording the sound of the amp from under water) and some really cool interludes and sound bytes. It stays true to the standard set earlier by Abby Road and the only difference is that its written and engineered by one talented man.


Thomas Dolby – The Golden Age of Wireless

When I was six, Id to play with my dinky cars to this record. I would always begin playing this album before getting out the toys. It was the ultimate sound track to fuel my little world. It was also the first time that I really understood that the sounds that were not natural and that synthesizers made these incredible sounds.  Its maybe not the best songs ever written but most definitely one of the most influential records for me. I still play it in my DJ sets from time to time. The programming and sound design featured here are also really cool and influenced me in much larger way then I imagined later in my life, especially when I got my first synth and tried to create my own sound track.