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Scanning the track titles of American DJ and producer Shogun’s discography is similar to grazing through the chapters of a warrior adventure novel. It’s part of the reason why his name fits so well. Especially when you consider the blooming mesh of splashy synths and pulsating buildups he uses to create the feel of a hero’s saga personified in titles such as ‘Save Me,’ ‘Skyfire’ and ‘Run to My Rescue.’ But for the OC-residing artist and current # 68 on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs poll, the past six years of his career have turned into a globetrotting adventure quest for clout in the DJ world. It was in 2002 that Andrew Chen remembers going to a friend’s house and listening to van Buuren’s album ‘Communication.’ The sound lent itself to his natural affinity for Nine Inch Nails and Filter, bands who incorporate electronic elements into their music. Chen began to discover more trance music and eventually started playing local clubs before catching his break at the Ministry of Sound in Taiwan, where he spent two years as the resident DJ. After his stint in Taipei, he returned to the States to study audio engineering in Hollywood. Hiding in the studio to hone his craft, Chen made about 200 tracks over the course of three years, with his first single signed by van Buuren’s S107/Armada record label. Garnering attention from van Buuren’s international radio show, A State of Trance, as well Ferry Corsten, Markus Schulz, and Above & Beyond, before he knew it, tracks such as ‘Imprisoned’ became his ticket to world travel on the dance-club circuit. Today, Shogun is the first Asian American on the internationally known S107/Armada Record Label and performs at the biggest festivals and clubs around the world. There hasn’t been a track of his in the past year that’s not landed in the Beatport Trance Top 10–originals ‘UFO,’ ‘Amplify,’ ‘Lotus’ and his remix of BT, Arty & Nadia Ali’s ‘Must Be The Love’ have all smashed the charts and sets of the world’s top trance DJs. Among his most notable gigs in 2012 was a trip to ASOT550 at Beyond Wonderland in Los Angeles, where he learned that EDM and wet weather doesn’t always spell disaster. Playing a set onstage in the pouring rain, then getting sick for a month afterward would’ve bummed a lot of DJs out. But for an EDM warrior playing in front of a
massive crowd, taking a risk in the face of glory is always worth it.

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The Lizard Lounge

2424 Swiss Ave, Dallas,TX, 75204


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Shogun