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CONTEST - Win a Pair of Tickets for DJ Shadow

Posted by Gabby / January 19, 2008

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DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist, the famous DJ duo responsible for sets like "Brainfreeze" (1999) and "Product Placement" (2001), will be playing at the Metropolis on January 29.

"The Hard Sell" has the two California DJs equipped with no less than eight turntables and two guitar loop pedals. Figures, something special is meant to happen.

Thanks to Gillett Entertainment, Midnight Poutine is giving away two pairs of tickets for the exclusive show.

Here is the deal. In a comment to this post, make up a story; what is DJ Shadow's real name is and why did he choose the scene name "DJ Shadow"? The two most creative stories will earn their writer a pair of tickets to the show. NB: Giving actual facts won't help.

This contest is now closed.

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Paul / January 19, 2008 at 05:57 pm
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At the risk of appearances, little Delbert Jebidiah Shadow decided at an early age to focus his entire creative energy on the music alone...
Michelle / January 19, 2008 at 09:41 pm
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DJ Shadow's real name is Chuck. He was born at high noon on a beautiful sunny day. His grandmother - who, coincidentally, was the person who named him Chuck - saw this as a bad omen. He cast no shadow at his birth, and would thus inevitably go through life without leaving any trace or legacy behind him. When Chuck first heard this from his grandmother, being a rather contrary child, he argued that there would have been artificial lighting in the delivery room, generating a shadow despite the time of his birth. Shortly after this outburst, his grandmother died (cause unknown). Years later, when fame came knocking, Chuck chose the name DJ Shadow as a tribute to his grandmother.
Jason Tan / January 20, 2008 at 03:53 am
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DJ Shadow is a mongrel. He was spontaneously conceived by a lonely soul in a halfway home at high noon. Six days later, DJ Shadow was born. He was never given a name, instead being refered to as "Mr. Magic" by virtue of the miraculous circumstances surrounding his birth. He grew up in a fixed income family, and spent much of his youth playing with his favourite walkie talkie. One of his most favourite passtimes was singing the numbers song. As a teenager, DJ Shadow spent much of his time mashin' on the motorway, but this enjoyment came to a quick end when he got into a tragic accident and ended up smearing his own blood on the motorway. It was then that DJ Shadow meets his maker. He was told "you can't go home again", before eventually giving up the ghost. This wasn't the end of DJ Shadow however, as his maker played a reconstruction medley that brought Shadow back from the brink. It was then that DJ Shadow decided to become an instrumental hip-hop DJ, coining the name "DJ Shadow" in response to being unable to reply to a letter from home.
Chris Lamothe / January 20, 2008 at 03:45 pm
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At 7 foot 3 inches and weighing 328 pounds, Igor Ivanovsky (aka DJ Shadow) earned his nick name from the shadow cast by his huge hulking frame that blocked all the stage lights during his first performance.

His hands are so big that he palms disco balls like a handful of marbles, and that's why he can spin five decks with each of his hands.

Since then he's gone on to eclipse all other DJs both literally and figuratively.
Katharine / January 20, 2008 at 08:48 pm
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DJ Shadow was originally named Steven Sondheim, which was much too close to the name of the composer of musicals. Inspired by a story about Peter Orlovsky, Allen Ginsberg's lover, who "had gotten his army disability pay as a nut case raised from $17.50 to $50 a month, after going in to see the psychiatrists and telling them that people were shadows" (Morgan, 1988, 265), Steven decided that shadows were the key to success and became DJ Shadow.
Bethany / January 22, 2008 at 11:29 am
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As a kid growing up in small town suburbia, Kirby Kennedy was an average kid except for his near prodigy-like abilities on the turn tables. Unfortunately, Kirby's musical talent wasn't enough to compensate for early onset puberty. By grade four, Kirby was sporting a preteen 'stache, and at grade 6 was displaying manly stubble. Cruel "friends" began to tease Kirby about his 5 o'clock shadow. Following his wise father's advise that he who learns to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused, Kirby adopted the moniker DJ Shadow in homage to his over-active facial hair follicles. Although rumors of electrolysis about, DJ Shadow insists that his overabundance of facial hair was something he simply "grew out of".
Chris / January 22, 2008 at 06:38 pm
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The man, whom we now know as DJ Shadow was born a healthy albeit plump baby. Upon his arrival into this world, his parents gave him the unfortunate moniker of sNACK aTTACK. His name was indeed spelled like this as the caps lock key on the hospital's IBM PC-AT 5170 was stuck. A birth certificate had to be drawn up hastily so the secretary at the hospital assured his parents that the mistake would be fixed as soon as somebody could repair the broken key. Unfortunately for young sNACK aTTACK, his parents decided not to fix the spelling of his name as it goes without mention that any parent who would be inclined to name their child Snack Attack would also have no qualms spelling it in inverted caps.

Needless to say, sNACK aTTACK's childhood was not a pleasant one. On his first day of school, while doing attendance, his teacher laughed so hard at his unconventional name that she vomited on her attendance book. Angered that his name caused her to vomit, she told the children in her class that they were allowed 10 minutes free reign to tease him as much as they wanted while she went to the washroom to clean up and have a smoke. The onslaught of derision was so great that sNACK aTTACK jumped from his classroom's third story window and ran to a nearby highway overpass where he took refuge in the shadows (do not think that this is an allusion to his future choice in names for it is not [or is it?]). He lived under the overpass where he survived on rats and car tires as well as motor oil runoff from the above vehicles. The children at his school quickly found him and, as a gaff, spent their recesses throwing vinyl records from the school's A/V room at his neck in an attempt to decapitate him. He counteracted their assaults by wearing a black turtleneck he found on the dead body of a man who was ripped to shreds by a pack of feral kittens a few nights prior. This went on for years until one day, the children ran out of records to throw at sNACK aTTACK (now a young man) and began to throw the school's record players at him.

By night, he would play the large collection of educational and children's music records on his newly acquired record players. The educational records taught him arithmetic, science, social studies, sex ed, and how to read. Consequentially, sNACK aTTACK became a very intelligent person. He used the musical records as entertainment and to keep the feral kittens (now full grown cats) at bay. Out of boredom he sNACK aTTACK took to experimenting with the records, and to his surprised, managed to produce some incredibly phat beats.

One day, a big time record executive was stuck in traffic on the overpass and heard the hoops and hollers of children along with music. He got out of his car and went under the overpass where he saw a large group of kids throwing record players at a young scruffy man mixing records and beats. He mistook sNACK aTTACK's aggressors for fans and their action of throwing record players at him as a form of appreciation for his music. After the recess bell rang the crowd dispersed and the big time record exec gave sNACK aTTACK a multi-million dollar recording contract. He now travels the world playing shows to thousands of adoring fans under the name DJ Shadow, not because he spent so many years honing his DJ skills in the shadows of the overpass but because his phone number is 357-4236.
Sarah / January 27, 2008 at 07:04 pm
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Tom Upsike was a handsome kid from the California suburbs in the 70s.
On weekends, while other kids were off playing football and other outdoorsy activities, Tom was glued to his record player, mixing songs. When he got a little older he was dj-ing for birthday parties, wedding anniversaries and high school dances all over the neighborhood. One infamous evening, the glow from the dance floor was all too much for Tom. The speakers pounding, lasers flashing, dancers screaming, he lost consciousness, blacked out, and fell onto his equipment. The collar of his polyester suit got caught in the turntable needle, and dragged his face along with it. Screeching, and cutting, the needle mangled his face to a pulp.

Tom, recovering heroically, returned to the art he so loved. Fashion being what it was at the time, however, provided him no aviator shades, or hipster hoodies to hide behind. Tim had his sister, Danica, (who also would make his doomed bespoke polyester suits) sew him a curtain that he could station around his turn tables.

For the next 30 years he spun and flailed, shook and shaked, all behind his cotton curtain. Adoring fans would dance and clamour around, wondering: "Who's the mystery behind that shadow?" His sister, standing nearby, heard the oft-repeated question and upon re-telling the story to Tom, his dj name was born.
Aias / January 27, 2008 at 11:41 pm
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Convicted of stalking Don Johnson at the height of his popularity in 1984, Herbert Emmanuel Schmit III, served 4 years in a minimum security prison. During his prison sentence took the opportunity to hone his Dj skills to an audience of inmates at the monthly prison dances, although admittedly this was less about the music and more about avoiding danceing with Bubba. Not that Bubba didn't look fine in that dress. After his sentence was up he renewed his fascination with Don. While the terms of his release mandate that he needs to stay at least 100 yards from Mr. Johnson he took the moniker DJ Shadow as away to always be right behind Don.
Sarah / January 28, 2008 at 11:43 pm
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um.. just wondering...as the show is tomorrow night.. and curiosity is getting the better of me....
Do we get to know who won?
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