Shock Machine is the first solo project from the Mercury Prize winning, James Righton, formerly the front man and founding member of the Klaxons. Upon the split of the Klaxons in early 2015 James was left feeling lost for what to do next and disconnected from his passion for music.
Shock Machine was born from James’ desire to focus purely on what he loved about music and, by compiling a list of musicians and sounds that inspired him including, Roxy Music, Brian Wilson, Erol Alkan, 70s McCartney, James felt inspired to create his own unique sound. Starting with what he describes as a sort of ‘Benny and the Jets on acid’, he recorded a demo. After initially keeping his writings completely to himself he gained the confidence to play it to his friend and famed producer James Ford (Artic Monkeys, Haim and Florence and the Machine) who agreed to produce the Shock Machine EP. Funding the project completely himself so as to hold on to the idea of it as his baby, James took to a wooden cabin in the South of France with Ford to record. Five weeks later they had created what can only be described as a melodic, psychedelic masterpiece.
After being mixed in Atlanta by Ben H Allen (Knarls Barkley, Animal Collective, Deerhunter), James’s shared his first creation with the world. Shock Machine’s eponymous debut song, released on Marathon Artists/House Anxiety was released on the 8th March 2016 with the video created by acclaimed video artist and director, Saam Farahmand, described by him as a “direct symbol of spiritual transition”.
After a string of live festival dates this summer and his debut album due to drop late August, it calls for James and some of his super cool DJ friends to grace London with a killer headline Album launch show. The captivating live show see’s James’ and his dynamic supergroup consisting of Metronomy and Friendly Fires members creating a live experience to remember. Tickets will be on-sale from Tuesday 4th July.
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