All Tomorrow's Stages

By Charelle Evelyn on December 03 2014

In his short DJ career, Shane Patrick Riley (SPR) can already point to a major highlight – getting a track featured on a Brillz mix with Handsome House partner Jimi Smyth.

“That was probably the biggest accomplishment,” said Riley, who became strongly interested in electronic dance music and DJing in early 2009. By 2010, Riley joined Outlet Records and two years later he was signed to Funkvine Recordings. Okanagan-bred, Riley became a part of the Prince George scene when he arrived in the city to attend UNBC. Smyth and Riley met through the scene and found they shared the same passion and musical goals. In 2013, the pair placed second in an open contest to play at TomorrowWorld (though eventually they would have been thwarted by their non-U.S. resident status) and played the beach stage at Kelowna’s Center of Gravity.

Riley was drawn to music at an early age, taking up piano initially when his grandfather noticed the basically-still-atoddler could play by ear. Distaste for reading music led to leaving the piano bench behind, but Riley picked up the guitar and other instruments in high school. That foundation is put to use creating house music.

“It’s complicated as hell,” Riley said. “Not only do you have to be able to write chords, you also have to mix all the music… that means you’re going to be playing the bass, the guitar leads, the backings, the drums.” And that is in addition to creating unique sounds using synths and other effects. When it all comes together, it’s magic. And that magic can be found at Nancy O’s for where SPR shares the Sicker Than Your Average bill with Smyth and Ricky Business and at various Focvs Events productions.

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