Bass frequencies, live audio feeds and found sounds are recurring themes within Shelley Parker’s performance, installation and music production. In 2003, two years after her DJ debut at the club night Nerd, she was invited to join the Haywire agency alongside Andrew Weatherall, Radioactive Man and Magda. Her distinctive style, encompassing elements of old school hardcore, noise, techno and electro has led to DJ sets in venues as diverse as Fabric and Tate Britain. Since 2007 she has run the label and events programme Structure.
As well as releasing the Power Station EP and Spurn Point album on her own label, her solo work and remixes have come out on Acre, Adaadat, Bulletdodge, Comfortzone, Emetic, Entr’acte, Myzuk, Opal Tapes and Wotnot. She has also contributed to the Wire Magazine’s Below the Radar series with Drill and her track Spectral from the album Spurn Point appears on Boomkat’s 14tracks series. Her music production has received wide support from artists such as Ontal, Sturqen, Nic Bullen, Manni Dee, Richard Norris, The Black Dog and Ancient Methods. Her Sleeper Line EP was voted by Fact Magazine as one of the best EP's of 2013.
In September 2014, she was commissioned by Café Oto to produce a 4 hour live set at the De la Warr Pavilion alongside simultaneous performances from Oren Ambarchi & Johan Berthling, lll人, Rie Nakajima and Part Wild Horses Mane on Both Sides. Additional site specific sets include: Current using found sounds recorded at Dungeness Power Station (Space Studios) and Hull on the MS Stubnitz constructed entirely from audio samples of the ship itself. In March 2015 she was invited to produce a live performance at the Whitechapel Gallery compiled from a selection of spoken word pieces by the writer-in-residence Caroline Bergvall. Since June 2016 she has been collaborating on a new performance project with choreographer Fernanda Muńoz-Newsome and dancer Jamila Johnson-Small as part of the Hayward touring exhibition programme “Art from Elsewhere” at the Arnolfini, Bristol.
In addition to her music and live performances, she has produced a number of sound installations and music for video including:
Cast (Cold War Modern Art & Design, Victoria & Albert Museum)
Bird Cage (John Cage retrospective, De la Warr Pavilion)
Northfleet (AiRM, All Saints Church, Lydd)
Boiler House (Morley College, Cornelius Cardew festival)
Spectral, Supernormal Festival (video)
Gleams & Radiance (Louise Colbourne) (Latitude Festival) (video)
Conchita Perez, (video)
Wall to Wall, The Auricle (New Zealand)
Shelley regularly performs her own music and DJ sets for events such as Flussi Festival (Italy), Sound of Stockholm Contemporary Music & Sound Art Festival, The Outer Church, La Casa Encendida (Madrid), Borealis Festival (Norway), Strefa Monotype, Centre for Contemporary Art (Warsaw), Test Department, Total State Machine (UK) and London Contemporary Music Festival