Mixmag Gold profiles the most important artists in electronic music right now. Next up: UK house producer Shanti Celeste
Shanti Celeste only makes music in the morning, when she's in a good mood. Which goes most of the way to explaining why her tracks – cheeky liveners like 'Felix' or hits of pure warmth such as 'Days Like This' – are so uplifting. She'll enter her home studio at around 10am, before her brain becomes "too full of information", and get to work, drawing joy from a small but sweet collection of hardware.
The Chilean-born artist grew up in the Lake District before moving to Bristol to study illustration at university. It's there that she found her feet as a DJ/producer and is now inextricably linked with the city. She worked at the fiercely independent Idle Hands record shop and has released via its in-house labels; Julio Bashmore signed her breakout 12" (the 'Universal Glow' EP) to Broadwalk and has become one of her B2B sparring partners; and she's a resident at beloved underground party Housework.
But she's far from confined to the South West of England. Since her first single on cult imprint Brstl in 2013, she's gone on to release her quality house music via an inch-perfect list of labels: as well as the aforementioned, she's graced Funkineven's Apron, Secretsundaze and Future Times. And her record collection is jaw-droppingly good for someone in their mid twenties. When we talk via Skype, she's in Chile, in between an Australian tour and a slot at Dekmantel São Paulo. Her next European date will be an edition of Housework in Berlin, where she's lived for the best part of a year. These worldwide dates are testament to her ability in the booth, which is characterised by a deft touch and penchant for party-rousing records.
Shanti has started 2017 on the front foot, founding her own record label, Peach Discs, which will be an outlet for her own music and artwork as well as tracks made by friends. It's a move that will allow her to have "full control" and the label will no doubt become an avenue for the kind of life-affirming music she's quickly become renowned for.
Interview and exclusive stream of 'Loop One' from the first Peach Discs release below.
Why have you decided to start a label?
Because I feel like it’s the right time. I wanted to do something where I have full control and I wanted to do some painting and some drawing and I thought [a label] could be a way of doing that. Usually when I think I should paint, I don’t have time because I have to be in the studio. But if it’s for a label that’s linked to my job then it’s an excuse.
I also have so many friends who make really good music but haven’t released it yet. And I know when they get there, they’re going to be amazing and I really want to be a platform for them. Sometimes it’s quite hard to find a label to release on if you don’t know anybody and you’re sending loads of stuff to DJs and they don’t reply to you and no one knows who you are.
Also, I’d like to eventually stop releasing so much through other labels and mainly focus on Peach Discs, so it’s me, basically, in a label.
Is releasing less on other labels a bit counterproductive?
I’m not going to stop releasing on other labels but I’m going to be more selective. It's nice to not have to make something that someone else likes. I never tailor my music to a record label but there’s always a cloud sitting over your head in the studio, like “It needs to fit with this label", and even if you don’t let that bother you or distract your production process, it’s still always there.
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