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40 Questions: SHADED

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We spoke to Californian producer and live act Skyler Taugher as he prepares for his return to SCI+TEC this month. More widely known as SHADED, his YoYoYo EP is set for a November 18th release on the popular Dubfire imprint.

SHADED has previously been seen on Octopus, SCI+TEC and Turbo Recordings, via both original work and remixes for top names such as Sian, Oliver Huntemann and Dubfire.

Taking on our 40 questions, Skyler talks life as a DJ, dream collaborations and what super power he desires most!

01. Where are you right now and what are you doing?

My desk at home in Newport Beach, doing emails.

02. What year were you born?


03. What’s the coolest thing in your house?

A painting that my father done when he was younger. He is a really good artist!

04. Worst experience as a DJ?

A gig in Italy, where I played before they even opened the club doors and there was no one in there. It’s was a disaster.

05. Best experience as a DJ?

Playing at Warung.

06. Favourite record label?

Well not sure I can choose one, but I would have to say SCI+TEC because they pressed my very first vinyl.

07. House or Techno?


08. First record you ever paid for?

Dr Dre – 2001.

09. Studio or DJ booth?

Studio IN the DJ booth.

10. Your dream collaboration?

Air or Royksopp.

11. Tell us something we shouldn’t know about you?

I am a college graduate, with a degree in Biochemisty.

12. Cats or dogs?


13. Ever smoked?


14. Ever done drugs?


15. Ever stole?


16. Busy city, or quiet beach?

Quiet Beach.

17. One act who’s inspired you your whole career?


18. If you weren’t in the music industry, what would you be doing?

Island life, surfing all day.

19. Worst job you’ve ever had?

I haven’t had that many jobs after college and the ones I did I loved. I’ve been lucky!

20. Favourite record right now?

The Growlers – Dope On A Rope.

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21. Favourite record of all time?

Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon.

22. One thing you couldn’t live without?


23. Favourite food?


24. Movies or books?

Movies for sure.

25. Vinyl or CDJs?


26. Favourite country to travel to?

Japan. I went for the first time this year with Ultra Festival – it was amazing!

27. Favourite club you’ve played at?

Warung, Brazil.

28. Favourite festival you’ve played at?

Welcome To The Future Festival in the Netherlands.

29. Craziest story of being on the road?

Too many to tell, I don’t seem to be that fortunate when it comes to travelling; Being driven in the wrong direction for 2 hours, missed flights due to delays, food poisoning in Mexico on a boat.

30. Weirdest request as a DJ?

Guy gave me a USB at a club and said if I could please play the Deadmau5 & Rihanna mashup. I didn’t.

31. Coke or Pepsi?

I try not to drink fizzy drinks. But when I need one, ice cold Coke all the way!

32. If you had one super power what would it be?

Time travel.

33. Late sleeper or early riser?

Early Riser when there are waves. Otherwise, I’ll stay in bed. And especially if it’s cold. I hate the cold weather.

34. Favourite fruit?


35. Strangest video you’ve watched on YouTube?

2016 USA presidential elections.

36. Shower or bath?


37. The top thing on your bucket list?

To do a surf safari in the South Pacific for a year, and make sure that I have no wifi!

38. PlayStation or Xbox?

Neither, I’ve never been a gamer.

39. Do you have any pets?


40. Anything to add?

Find the dream, and chase it ‘til it kills you.

Keep an eye out for SHADED’s YoYoYo EP, set for release via SCI+TEC on November 18th.