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From their first twelve inch release called “OUTSTREET” (under the guise The Sundayprayers) in 2001, Simon&Shakerâs rise to fame has been meteoric and unstoppable. With their first release getting play-listed by some of the best DJÂ´s at the time and great reviews from press publications such as Satellite Records and Homebass.
After the success of this first release Simon and Shaker began to receive offers for remixes and one of the first they took on was a track by Rosh called “Ezequiel 25:17” – Also under the guise The Sundayprayers the remix was included on high profile Cd compilations such as Matinee and Privilege Ibiza. The track which made people really stand up and notice this very talented duo was “Sunday @
Mambo” which featured the track “Central Park”, this got them recognized on an international level with the track being featured on prestigious compilations like “Ministry Of Sound: We Love Switzerland” and “Global Underground: Lee Burridge 24:7”. Also the British Dance press began to take notice as well, with support coming from Mixmag. This led to some of the worldâs best DJs play-listing the track, Bob Sinclair, Roger Sanchez, Tim DeLuxe and Pete Tong and the track was included in the top 100 tracks for the year in DJ magazine.
After these early outings Simon&Shaker began an avalanche of high quality dance tracks which included: “No Way Out” (aka Beatfreakers), played on all the main dance floors worldwide and charted by Deep Dish and John Digweed. “Latin Soul” (aka The Latin Soul Drivers) hammered by many radio stations including Release Yourself by Roger Sanchez and included on the CD mix by Antoine Clamaran “Mix INC”. “Descarga!” (aka Simon GarcÃa & Karim Shaker), reached number 1 in the 40 Principle “World Dance Music” Club Chart. They also reported that Simon&Shaker were the future of house worldwide.
âFiebreâ (a.k.a The Latin Soul Drivers), with its dynamic tribal sound hit the mark and was called the new Iberican sound. Licensed by the prestigious German label âTenor Recordingsâ, it reached number 3 in the sales list from one of the worlds major dance distribution companies, Music Mail.
Coinciding with visiting the Winter Music Conference in 2004, one of their productions: Simon&Shaker present Dark Providers “Believer” (Intenso Recordings), was placed at number 1 on the very influential âBalance Records Pool Chartâ. It was during that same WMC that this production duo presented the dance anthem ââLa Nocheââ a co production with Coca and Villa. The track went on to become a world wide hit and winner of the award for track of the year 2004 at the Deejaymag awards. The guys were also praised by international artists Victor Calderone, Tedd Patterson, Danny Tenaglia and Stephane K, not only for the quality of their musical productions but for also the great DJ sets that they played during the WMC.
Towards the end of 2004 and the beginning of 2005 “Make It” was released under the name Simon&Shaker, a great vocal workout which has been supported by a wide range of DJs from different styles including Paul Van Dyk to David Morales. It is very significant that the Simon&Shaker sound does not enter in any genre of house specifically, it is sound that just rocks the dance floor.
2005 is without doubt the year for these two young producers. Big things are about to happen watch out for the new anthem: “Into The Room”, with Joe Diaz, a very strong progressive-house production and “Freshness”, which has already been called the hit of the year. With all these great productions on vinyl being released the boys also released their first CD mix compilation called “Dual”. A CD mix that has stood out from the ocean of CD comps that are on the market today. Also letâs not forget the next release from the guys on Australian imprint Bamboo Music called “Fashion Victims”.
Presently, Simon&Shaker combine their work in the studio with numerous DJ gigs around the world. Also Simon&Shaker will be concentrating more on running their label Intenso Recordings with Dimas A.K.A D-Formation. The Intenso sound will combine the Simon&Shaker sound, Tech-House and Deep Trance, watch these guys blow.