Shelley Parker has been working in London since 1997 operating across several platforms: music photojournalism, fashion and fine art photography, DJing, live sets in clubs/galleries, sound installations and writing scores for short film, theatre and contemporary dance. Whilst studying for a BA in Fine Art at Central St Martins she mainly focused on photography and sound later exhibiting her photographs at the 333 Club, Kokon to Zai, Browns Focus and Lido Projects. She went on to work on photography commissions for musicians, club nights, style magazines and designers including Katherine Hamnett, GQ, MTV, Diesel, I-D Magazine, Time Out and “The Scream“ by Kris Needs, a publication about Primal Scream. In 2001 during her Masters in Photography at the London College of Printing she was invited to DJ at the art-inspired club night Nerd set up by Seb Patane alongside Nicky Verber, Marco Shuttle and invited guest DJ’s from the art world: Wolfgang Tillmans, Tim Noble and Sue Webster and Ladytron. She was quickly taken on by the Haywire Agency and began to DJ regularly in the UK and Europe alongside the likes of fellow Haywire affiliates Andrew Weatherall, Radioactive Man and Magda. Her diversity as a DJ playing variants of electro, techno, old school hardcore, acid house and early dubstep/grime secured regular slots at the Haywire Sessions, Fabric and a 2 year residency at the T Bar where she also ran her club night Structure.
In 2005 she began to revisit some of the sound based work she had made at art college and started to produce sound installations, perform live and release her own music and remixes. Her music and sound based works rely heavily on bass frequencies, noise and found sounds. This has not changed since her early experiments with sound during her degree in the late nineties. From 2008-11 she was commissioned to produce sound installations for several spaces including: The John Cage retrospective, De la Warr Pavilion, Cold War Modern Exhibition, Victoria & Albert and the Cornelius Cardew exhibition at Morley College. She began to release on experimental labels such as Entr’acte and more recently written dance floor tracks for labels: Houndstooth, Hessle Audio, Opal Tapes and her own label Structure. In 2016 she was invited by the dancer Fernanda Munoz-Newsome to write the score for her project Let the Body and to perform this piece live with the dancers. Let the Body has been performed at the Arnolfini, Bristol, ICA, London, Happening Festival, Florence and Nottingham Contemporary. The score has also been pressed as a vinyl edition on OOH Sounds. She co-wrote with classical composer Christian Mason the score for the theatre production Remnants which premiered at the Print Room theatre in 2017 with additional shows at the Marion Goodman gallery, Oxford Contemporary Music and Euro-Scene theatre and dance festival. From 2016-21 she has performed with and written several scores for the dancer Jamila Johnson-Small for their international shows and in 2021 the music for their film: Hydra Phasing for the exhibition: Darkness into Darkness at Art Now, Tate Britain. In March 2022 she will release her first vinyl album Wisteria on the label Hypercolour.
Posthuman (The Disease) Myuzyk (Remix)
Sleeper Line EP (Entr’acte)
Drill (Tapper series, Wire Magazine)
Second Storey - Covehithe (Houndstooth) (Remix)
Soundcheck EP (Structure)
Test Department - Debris (One Little Indie) (Remix)
Red Cotton EP (Hessle Audio)
Le Volume Courbe – MRI Song (Honest Jon’s) (Co-writer/producer)
Induction – R & S
Let the Body - OOH Sounds
Wisteria – Hypercolour
Sound of Stockholm Festival, Turner Contemporary, Whitechapel, Somerset House, Palais de Tokyo, Café Oto, Corsica Studios, Fabric, The End, Theatre De la Ville Espace Pierre Cardin, De la Warr Pavilion, Tate Britain, Bloc, Resonance FM, Berlin Atonal, Casa Encendida, Vooruit, Borealis Festival, ICA, Flussi Festival, MS Stubnitz, Tresor, Red Gallery, Ombra Festival, NTS Radio, Rye Wax, London Contemporary Music Festival, Arnolfini, NoiseFloor Festival, Nottingham Contemporary Art.
Victoria & Albert Museum (Cold War Modern exhibition)
De la Warr Pavilion (John Cage programme)
Morley College (Cornelius Cardew programme)
Space Studios Permacultures Programme Residency
Siobhan Davies Dance School Residency
Morley College DJ tutor
School of Sound Recording DJ tutor
London College of Communication - (guest speaker)
ICA - NTS Radio / BBC New Creatives (guest speaker)