A child of original UK reggae, a student of soundsystem culture, and a warrior of innovation on the frontline of jungle, DJ and producer Shy FX has played a leading role in shaping the landscape of British urban music and global electronic music.
Grandson of pioneering Jamaican soundsystem DJ Count Shelly, Shy FX (aka Andre Williams) made his name in the 90s as a trailblazer of ragga-jungle with the release of seminal anthem ‘Original Nuttah’ (featuring UK Apache) which became one of the first ever jungle tracks to enter the UK top 40 at a time when the UK charts were more a place for Brit Pop and Girl bands. He helped fashion a scene that thrived on technical innovation, taking risks, and breaking down boundaries.
In the years that followed Shy FX dropped a plethora of diverse top 40 club bangers, (including the samba-flavoured top 10 chart hit, ‘Shake Ur Body’ with T Power); won Red Bull Culture Clash with Rebel Sound; played his own part in the roots reggae revival with ‘Soon Come’; and founded his Independently run Digital Soundboy record label, which, after the release of his second album with T-Power (‘Diary of a Digital Soundboy’), grew to encompass U.K. funky house, Grime, D&B and dubstep, releasing tracks by dozens of artists including Skream, Benga, Breakage, and Redlight. Not to mention remixing the likes of London Grammar, Sam Smith, Rag N Bone Man, Jorja Smith and Protoje.
A true stalwart, Shy continues to maintain his legendary status, whilst staying true to his art form and staying consistently relevant. Universally respected and revered, he has worked with everyone from Dizzee Rascal, Wiley, Ms. Dynamite and Kano through to Emeli Sandé, Plan B and Idris Elba.
2018 has seen a slew of releases including ‘Call Me’, ‘Badboy Business and ‘Roll The Dice’ ahead of his highly anticipated Raggamuffin Soundtape project dropping Spring 2019.