Adam Shelton champions music that is true to itself, and sounds crafted only for the best of times. Known to many as one of the UK’s strongest resident DJ’s, Adam has spent the last decade quietly sketching out his own definition of authenticity.
His skills, versatility and range have seen him guest at some of the world’s best clubbing spots including Panorama Bar, Cocoon, Back to Basics, The Garden Festival in Croatia and Space in Ibiza.
An avid vinyl collector himself, Adam has recently launched One Records alongside Subb-an, friend and resident of Adam’s own night, Below. The label aims to encapsulate the energy and dexterity of artists and crowds that the party has connected with most, and thus far has done exactly that with releases and remixes from contemporaries Geddes, Jozif, Shaun Reeves, Buckley, Little Fritter and fresh new upstarts Death on the Balcony. The label has also showcased Adam’s debut releases – ‘The Muzik’ and ‘Its Time’.
Furthermore, his ‘In The Candy Store’ re-edits, released under the moniker S.A.S on Matt Tolfrey’s new Foot & Mouth label, found notoriety as the insider’s weapon of choice earlier this year – featuring prominently at the WMC and on discerning dancefloors worldwide, played by Seth Troxler, Craig Richards, Heidi, Lee Burridge, Jamie Jones, Radio Slave, Dyed Soundorom and Lee Curtis, amongst others. The two jacking re-edits utilise two underground favourites from the late 80’s, sliced and spliced with handclaps and 909’s to demonstrate another side to Adam’s talents.
Now in its fifth year, Adam’s project ‘Below’ continues to be one of the most cutting edge parties in the UK. Showcasing a selection of the world’s premier DJ’s in its unique and intimate environment, the night has given Adam the scope to experiment with a wide range of musical styles. Drawing its influences from the raw beginnings of the early secretsundaze parties as well as late 90’s DC10, the party started in the courtyard of a small Victorian boozer one Sunday afternoon in summer.
Relatively low key at first, Adam and his co-promoter Lee McDonald soon recognised the natural growing vibe from month to month. Eventually taking a licensees course and buying up the venue, The Rainbow Pub, Adam has shaped the place with his own bare hands and seen it grow to become one of the UK’s most diverse and talked about small venues, having won accolades from The Guardian, Fused Magazine, Vice and The Independent. Perhaps the most important reward of all has been in bringing a dramatic new lease of life to Birmingham’s long ailing club scene.
This next year will see Adam stepping forward to unleash his talent on a wider audience, no longer just as a resident DJ but as a force to be reckoned with in his own right.