If someone asked me I was going to interview Myon & Shane54 a week ago, I would have laughed. But actually. As some of you may know, my first post on Daily-Beat was oddly enough on Myon & Shane 54's Alchemy Redemption Remix by Above & Beyond. Needless to say, by dumb luck, I found out Myon & Shane54 were spinning in Philadelphia at Rumor Night Club in Philadelphia.
The ambiance of the club was amazing, and Myon & Shane 54 played to the crowd to the t. They started off dropping Deadmau5's Fn Pig, and then the crowd lost it. They really drew off the energy of the audience, and continued to drop a wide array of songs such as Cinema, Sun & Moon, The Great Divide, and Every Day. The energy was off the charts (maybe over 9,000), and everyone couldn't be happier at the end of the show besides the actual part of having to leave. This was my first time at Rumor nightclub, and it was nothing short of amazing; it is an old vault of a bank, and have hosted a handful of amazing talent (History) since it's opening not too long ago. After the show, I caught up with Myon & Shane to take some pictures, and they were nice enough to do an interview for the site (Myon was sick and won't be featured).
Daily Beat:Hey this is Brett from Daily-Beat.com, and we are going to interview one half of Myon&Shane 54. That was a insane show, you guys looked like you had a lot of fun with the crowd. Thanks again for the interview. So, what's your real name?
Shane54: Hey, this is the Shane54 part. No problem, I am happy to do so! My name is Előd Császá, it is pretty hard to pronounce. Shane 54 is much better! People have just called me Shane, and it has stuck with me ever since.
DB: How did you start DJing?
S54: I started djing when I was 19. That was 1992. It was just a hobby for me for a while. I was a singer for a Hungarian boy band. I did most of the production, and was the lead singer. I used to mix in a DJ booth on the side, and I sucked big time. I’ve been non consistently DJing from 1992-2000, and then I got really into it. It is when I got really serious, I began to make real dance music without the pop.
DB: How do you feel about the surge in electronic dance music this year, and the number of events going on?
S54: I’m not afraid, it is going to burst. Same thing will happen, like when Nirvana came and erased hair metal in like a week. Then R&B erased grunge. And then dance music erased R&B. Maybe it will happen in a few years time, but it all depends on how much stamina that dance music has, and if people will get bored. It is a cycle! It is great there are so many shows right now to do though!
DB: I just watched an interview called "Beyond Button Pushing" at the Electronic Dance Conference in Australia. How do you feel about "button playing"?
S54: Who cares, the crowd does not care. The thing is, the crowd does not care how you achieve the good time they are having. Once they are having a good time, as long as you can continue it is the important part. You can play with cassette tapes, vinyl, whatever, as long they enjoy it. If one DJ does not like how another DJ plays, it does not matter, because it is all for the crowd and making them happy! Anyone can say whatever they want, but as long as people are jumping and happy, the DJ is happy. I don't really think of this. If someone likes vinyl, carry boxes around. Whatever floats your boat! I used to play vinyl and carry them around, and it was terrible. In 2004, I ditched everything and began to play with Ableton, and then started working with Mario (Myon) in 2008. It is so much easier playing with a laptop!
DB: Does it ever get to be too much touring and away from home?
S54: Yes it does. It is very hard. Sometimes you lose all your friends, and you simply lose touch with home.
DB: What is your opinion about EDM and top 40 music on radio stations?
S54: Well, the problem is, dance music is just a tiny little slice of the big dance music cake, which is a tiny slice of music itself. There is just so much music! It is the same thing as pop music. Pop artists like writing all the time, like Rihanna, get's the plays and write the hit song. You have to work hard, and you have to hope that your song will get in there. After a certain level, it takes a lot of money to put a track on the radio. It costs money. You have to have agents, you have to have pluggers, and a lot of things people don’t really know about it. This is how it works.
DB: Thanks for your time. You were more than amazing.
S54: I'm not sure what to say to that (laughs), but you're very welcome!