The Shapeshifters Simon Marlin and Max Reich. Party people at heart, the pair met when Simon signed Max to the Down Boy record label that he was working for. Musically, Simon found his enthusiasm for house on the dancefloor in the late 80's and early 90's, while Max got into production via a passion for techno honed whilst throwing illegal raves in his native city of Gothenburg.
Together, they make and play what can best be described as club music - underground house with elements of funk and soul and a darker, techy edge. 2008 brings a new home for them on the Defected label, and they're already loving the opportunity to produce music for clubbers rather than for mainstream radio and the charts.
Their latest two productions, 'Treadstone', a techy but uplifting track, and a re-work of Orbital's classic 'Chime' track have excited the duo's existing admirers and found them new champions in the form of Xpress 2 and Laurent Garnier. Stripping away the live sounds and layering fewer elements has left The Shapeshifters feeling reinvigorated about their sound. The pair have also just delivered a remix of Todd Terry's 'Get Down' - a record sure to making a big splash in the fast approaching Ibiza season
"Having made the decision to return to what we enjoy and feel we're best at, what we make and what we play is much more in tune with each other," says Max. And with the amount of gigging they do it's a good philosophy to have - as well as their London home the boys are in demand around the UK as well as the world: their diary is crammed with dates from Australia to Canada, Europe to the far East and everywhere else in between.
"Signing to Defected has given us a new lease of life and we're so immersed in it," says Simon, "but we're also excited by clubland's eagerness to hear music with a bit more depth and melody to it. If we want to make underground music and express ourselves that way they're happy - if we do make something radio friendly then it's still the perfect home for us."