Shook is an independent producer, composer and musician based in The Netherlands. After graduating at the University of the Arts in Rotterdam he released his first electronic solo work. In his own words his work is inspired by "timeless forces such as love, change and art and originates from the 70's, early 80's synth-pop, disco, funk to anime and futuristic soundtracks’.
In 2013 he released his self-titled debut album and later released the synth-pop and jazz funk inspired 'Spectrum' in 2014, from which 'Milestones' was featured in the very first episode of Netflix series 'Better Call Saul'. Remix works were commissioned from him by major artists as Kimbra, Jamiroquai, Phoenix, Ellie Goulding and many others.
Mid 2016, Shook was diagnosed with Pancreatitis. Because of this, he has been in hospital care for over a year and continues to recover. He is determined to create music whenever he can. Balancing between life and death and being hospitalized for months, Shook started to appreciate life in all its pure and delicate forms.
Shook says: “When I started to write the new songs, it was a form of therapy for me, to let the music go where I couldn’t go. It was nice to have music as an outlet being very ill and between hospital visits”
Listening to the latest productions of Shook is like watching a Ghibli movie with compositions by Joe Hisaishi. While balancing in the twilight zone between awareness and epiphany you can feel the influences by many artistic and obscure composers and musicians, Shook creates a personal form of electronic music. Creating its own melodies on vintage synths, acoustic pianos and recording drum shots to build his rhythm patterns.
With absolute devotion Shook has created an exceptional listening experience in which timeless influences of Hiroshi Yoshimura, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Steve Reich and Erik Satie are honored and thoughtfully integrated in his modern, energetic sound. Shook merges Japanese ambient and Indonesian gamelan with an uplifting mixture of electronic pop, jazz and funk. Inspired by city pop, techno pop and ambient Music for City and Nature spreads a new light on the contrasting balance between what we make and what we are.
Shook says:“Every new album is a delicate display of that moment in time. It captures life in its inner form with recurring joy for the experienced listener and touchy moments for the newcomer. At least that is what I hope to accomplish with my dedication to writing and producing music. I think it’s important to listen to the complete journey, rather than listening to it as single tracks alone. I hope listeners will also experience the album this way.”