For Fans Of: Bishop Briggs
Electro-pop trio from Washington D.C, SHAED, are becoming one of the most captivating new bands of 2018. Originally a solo artist, Chelsea Lee teamed up with musician and producer twins Max and Spencer Ernst. The group first met in high school, but it wasn’t until a few years later that writing music became a regular activity between them. Pronounced “shade”, SHAED make music rich in expression, painting images that come with their seemingly natural ability to create songs in any genre, giving each one its unique atmosphere.
Max, Spencer and Chelsea all came from musical families, and eased into creating music from a young age, with Chelsea moulding her voice with the aid of a karaoke machine. Their music is inspired not just by other musicians, but also by literature, namely The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicles) by Patrick Rothfuss. This is the book in which they acquired their name, as in the fantasy novel ‘shaed’ is a cloak made of shadow and light.
In 2016, the band released their debut EP Just Wanna See, which saw the title track amass over 2 million plays on Spotify and second single from the EP, ‘Thunder’, become a viral streaming hit. Following the success of Just Wanna See, SHAED secured slots supporting Marian Hill and Bishop Briggs on national tours. Releasing their second EP, Melt, in May 2018, which features the incredible single ‘Trampoline’, which has gained over 123 million streams on Spotify. Marking a new chapter in their lives, ‘Trampoline’ is the product of SHAED working heavily in the studio, taking an alternative approach to the usual love song. Now platinum-certified, it’s their most successful track to date, and has multiple remixes that stretch their sound in various directions, as well as a version featuring Zayn (ex-One Direction).
Following from this, the trio are also featured on a new collaborative anthem ‘2 in a Million’ which sees powerhouse vocalist Chelsea Lee duet with 17-time Grammy Award winning musician Sting over two-time Grammy-nominated DJ/producer Steve Aoki’s signature production. Released in December 2019, it comes from track comes from Aoki’s Neon Future IV.
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