After a 15-year career in the French hip-hop scene, Shiba San became fascinated with the sounds of Chicago house, inspiring him to create his own productions, infusing his hip-hop influence with the soul of house music.
There’s much more to Shiba San than what meets the first listen. Leaving behind a 15-year long career of production experience in the French hip-hop scene, the Parisian producer became fascinated with the sounds of Chicago house and was inspired to create his own productions, infusing his hip-hop influence with the soul of house music.
Then came ‘Okay,’ the track that “changed the way we listened to music” (Dancing Astronaut) and became the anthem of 2014. It claimed the #1 position on Beatport’s House chart for 82 days, remained in the House Chart’s Top 10 for over 180 days, was put on rotation by radio tastemakers like Pete Tong, Annie Mac and Danny Howard and received support from the likes of Claude VonStroke, Eats Everything, Green Velvet and nearly every major DJ under the sun. Upon its release, Rolling Stone deemed ‘Okay’ a “global club sensation in waiting,” a prophetic description that couldn’t have rung more true as it remains a commanding moment in DJ sets even to this day.
Shiba San’s debut release on DFTD, ‘All I Need’ with fellow Frenchman Tim Baresko, dominated Beatport’s overall chart at the #1 position for over a month. The song landed on multiple ‘Best of 2018’ lists, with notable support from influential tastemakers, such as Pete Tong, Calvin Harris, Jack Back (David Guetta), among others. With over 15 #1 Beatport tracks, there’s a reason why DJ Mag France named Shiba San ‘Best of House.’
His esteemed imprint, Basement Leak, is home to some of the finest tech house tracks on the scene right now. Since the label’s inception in 2017, Basement Leak has taken over stages at renowned festivals and curated its own events at Art Basel, Miami Music Week, FriendShip, Club Space in Miami, Superior Ingredients in Brooklyn, Sound Nightclub in Los Angeles and Faust in Paris.
Staying quiet on the public front, Shiba San remains a curious enigma to his international fan base, allowing the music to do the talking for him. In between releases and time spent concocting in the studio, the Miami-based producer remains a mainstay on the nightlife and festival circuit around the globe. There are no signs of slowing down for the Parisian producer.