Joshua Paul “Josh” Davis (born June 29, 1972),better known by his stage name DJ Shadow, is an American record producer and DJ. He first gained notice with the release of his highly acclaimed debut studio album, Endtroducing…… He has a personal record collection of over 60,000 records.
DJ Shadow was experimenting with a four-track recorder while in high school in Davis, California (suburb of the Sacramento metropolitan area) and began his music career as a disc jockey for the University of California, Davis campus radio station KDVS.During this period he was significant in developing the experimental hip-hop style associated with the London-based Mo’ Wax record label. His early singles, including “In/Flux” and “Lost and Found (S.F.L.)”, were genre-bending, merging elements of funk, rock, hip hop, ambient, jazz, soul, and used-bin found records. Andy Pemberton, a music journalist, writing for Mixmag, coined the term “trip hop” in June 1994 to describe Shadow’s “In/Flux” single and similar tracks being spun in London clubs at the time.He has cited Kurtis Mantronik, Steinski, and Prince Paul as influences on his sample-based sound, further claiming that “lyrics (…) were confining, too specific.” His music rarely features more than short clips of voices or vocal work.