ARTIST FOCUS: SHANTI CELESTE

Far from being considered a newcomer, but nonetheless a lady of great talents, Shanti Celeste originates from Chile by way of Bristol and is making a name for herself as a house loving selector with a unique style.

Having cut her teeth working at the Idle Hands store in Bristol, she’s best known for co-promoting the Housework clubnight and Brstl label alongside Idle Hand’s Chris Farrell. It was Brstl that housed her first release ‘Need Your Lovin’Baby’, back in 2013 after a length of time spent holded up in her studio. This debut record gave a taste of what was to come – a warm, potent and timeless house sound with Shanti’s unique spin on it.

It isn’t all deliciously deep house and feel-good house jams though - an electro leaning release ‘Strung Up’ on Future Times in 2015 later led to a full EP – Being - on the same label. Truly getting into her stride at this point as both a DJ and producer, Being is a true dancelfoor cut balancing precision drum patterns with cool melodies, accompanied by an ambient version on the b-side; likewise her ‘SSS (OG Cut)’ on Funkineven’s Apron Records is spacey electro with nods to classic Underground Resistance – variety like this marks Shanti out as a true artist.

Adopted as a key component of the Secretsundaze crew, Shanti appeared on line- ups alongside Ryan Elliot, Fred P, Palms Trax and more – a fitting home for her in London in light of a stunning release, ‘Alma’, on the label.

Most recently, she’s turned her hand to running her own label, Peach Discs. "I want to release music that makes me happy,” says Shanti, “and build a little family with all my friends and friends of friends who I know are making great music," she says. "I also want this to eventually be my main home for releases. In the future there will be releases by a new Bristol duo called Fred and a 12-inch by Samuel, as well as many others."

As a DJ, her style has the same homely appeal as her productions – full of groove and melody with plenty of nods to the past and packed with emotion. Her busy tour diary is telling of the pace gathered in recent years – upcoming dates include Dekmantel Festival, Into the Factory in Sweden and Field Maneuvers. You can also catch her at Patterns on June 24.

 



Full information on Shanti Celeste at Patterns on June 4