Shifty Science is Chris Ike and John Kardaras, two Chicago-born producers who met as teenagers on Chicago’s north side in 1985. Brought together through a common love of Skateboarding, they shared musical interests as well, attending all-ages hardcore punk shows at Metro and listening to DJs mixing on WNUR Street Beat radio shows. Their mutual love for music continued to grow, as did the interest in creating it themselves. Inspired by sounds they heard coming out of Chicago and Detroit they began building a small studio with bare-bones gear and equipment. The initial collection consisted of a Kawai K1 keyboard, a Boss DR-550 Dr. Rhythm drum machine, and a Tascam Portastudio four-track recorder. From those humble beginings, the duo continued to experiment and feed the desire to create a unique sound.
(features track “Unity Gain” & collaborative work “I Can Feel It”) [Plastic Sessions]
[Flex Records Inc. – FLEX 001]
[International House Records]
(features “On And On” under the name Shifty Science) [Whitebeard Records – WBR-004]
[Love's Label – Love's Label #01]