Shadow System


From the DEEP DARK & DIRTY recesses of Adam Gamble's mind comes Shadow System. Shadow System is versatile, volatile, curious and inspiring. The music is intense and the style changes constantly. Anyone expecting the usual Utz-Utz-Utz or Lounge / Chill Out will be surprised and fall into an abyss universe, a world full of beats and some ingenious sound plays. Shadow System is powerful and dark, unlike what is released from most laptops on the dance floors. Shadow System debuted with Dark by Design in 2012 and quickly got noticed in music connoisseur circles and praise from Future Music magazine who comparered Adam Gamble to WILL IAM of industrial music and others and became 2014 nominee for Best Electronic Artist at the Artists In Music Awards in the USA . Shadow System went on to play Belfast (N. Ireland ), Dublin (Rep.Ireland), and eastern Europe’s biggest alternative festival Castle Party in Poland, as well as a special private DJ set in Budapest (Hungary). Adam went on to run into Ben Watkins (Juno Reactor), Paul Hartnoll (Orbital), Juan Atkins (Model 500), Liam Howe (Sneaker Pimps), Neil Barnes (Leftfield). With the added inspiration and the force de sound, Adam throws a different flavor for the electronic genre bringing a colder vibe, as well as exploring dark human psychology and introspective philosophy. Shadow System: Ubiquitous Evil is the highly anticipated second album. Adam is currently working on Shadow System's Smile Before the Bullets album which David Lynch has heard some songs and has enjoyed. In 2021 Shadow System has become apart of British library of sound archive and now is officially apart of Britain's audio music heritage







What is music to you? What does it give you?

What music is to me, it is just a release and expression of life, some ideas are personal and others abstract, but it's like reflecting character, like photography you need some darkness to develop. You find your self in dark times and how to build emotional mental strength. Consuming music is like food, different flavours and opening your mind to something that could make you feel good or help to get over negative things.

What is your music dream?

Play around the world and travel, meeting fans, bands and like minded people and having experiences to remember and use in future music ideas. Being able to make music that will be remembered in the world and referenced and referred to would be cool, but that's something many bands and artists would enjoy, it would give the work they made throughout the years legitimacy.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

Not to be afraid of culture, history, other countries, and less politicization of issues that should not be made political because they just divide people. To see more commonsense answers for problems, rather then ideologists pushing their agendas that do not help individuals.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Oohh that's a hard one, it would be a toss up between Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge, Ugly Kid Joe - Cats In The Cradle, Creedence Clearwater Revival-Run through The Jungle, Nazareth-Hair of the Dog, Gene Vincent-be bop a lula ,The Beach Boys -Kokomo, Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock, Beverly Hills Cop II Soundtrack,Igor Stravinsky -The Rite of Spring, ABBA-Money, Dr Hook- Up on the mountain, Roy Orbison-Pretty, Little Richard-Lucille, Beatles-She Loves You, Queen -Bohemian Rhapsody, Strauss II-Egyptian March, Michael Jackson Dangerous album, KISS Grestest hits album, Jerry Lee Louis- Great balls of fire

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Nine Inch Nails, igor Stravinsky, Tricky, Skinny Puppy, Nitzer EBB, Massive Attack, The Chemical Brothers, the Prodigy, Pendulum, Juno Reactor, KMFDM, Depeche Mode, Sneaker Pimps, Front Line Assembly, Silverchair,And One, David Bowie, Joseph Liszt, rammstein, Emperor, Iggy Pop, Cradle of Filth, Infected Mushroom, The Sisters Of Mercy, Glitch Mob, Alabama 3

What inspires you to make music?

What drives me to have explosive combustion of artistic expression is living life, from a bad day in work to love, sex and romances that went good or bad. I also enjoy the futurism and abstract avant garde ideas to make something out of nothing or twist a simple boring everyday thing into something dark or shocking

What is the message you want to send with your music?

A ride through darkness that life gives you and no matter how bad it gets or having bad experiences or desires through life and love, you can still continue on through it and become stronger and wiser to your surrounds and ideas and have a character becasuse of it.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

ALIVE just truly alive. The nervousness and stress before the gig can be a killer because things can go wrong with live sound and if you forget lyrics because of nervousness. When you see people dancing and the energy, you feed off it, it's like the biggest buzz, better than cocaine, speed and anything else, I understand it when old wrestlers talk about missing the crowds, the cheers or boos, it is a massive drug you live off. The next day after a show is the worst, you can feel so depressed because you are coming down from the buzz and energy of the night before, you are trying to process, the danger is getting addicted to that buzz and losing focus on what makes your music different and a representation of you.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

The music industry has changed so much, from the days of you need a record label plus radio and TV, to needing YouTube, Spotify and being great at social media. Modern musicians need to be like bloggers, game reviewers and social media experts, the game has changed even from 5 to 15 years ago, getting a review by a YouTuber can be more valuable then a magazine. I would say to modern musicans: have a back up plan, make sure you have a job or education to fall back on because it is hard and tough to make a living from music, even more well known bands have to work in other industries. Learn to become opportunistic, always say what can I do better in music, either learning the production or promotion or getting sync deals for TV and film, making a name for yourself. Beware of music scams, plenty of services who will steal your money and not deliver on what they will do for you. Resarch on how royalties and copyright works. Knowing the legal agreements of playing a live show and what money is agreed on with a promoter or DJ when you get on a certain level of playing. Musicans just need to keep asking questions and sharing infomation, because if you research, a lot of pop stars from the 1980s and 1970s who are not known today or were one hit wonders, some have never been heard of again because the record label owns all the music and coppyright and some artist have had to change their name to continue to make music.

What do you think of Drooble?

I'm very new to this, it seems fun, I'm curious and interested to see what will come out of it and who I will get to interact with.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Entitlement or ego. If you are a musician who has been lucky and getting into the public eye or people relating to your music you should always should show respect. When you meet people at a gig you don't know who they are, if they are a fan, DJ, or head of a record label or a film director, an unprofessional attitude will hurt you a lot, even if the public think it's funny or your fans talk about it, it will not help you get over with promoters, sound engineers, the people who do the hard work to make the show happen. What do you want to be known for, your music and live gigs or unprofessionalism?

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Oh yes, I'm deep into the industrial/EBM cyber goth scene in Belfast and a little in Dublin, I would regularly go to the goth / industrial club Cornucopia club in Belfast and go to Decrypt when I'm in Dublin, I have been going to these places since 2007 and you get to know people and the regulars, some of us is like a little famliy people and gossip about the usual bands, gigs, setting up new clubs or promoting shows, getting European bands over to play, what's happening in life and alcoholic antics, of courses. Many of us are getting older and either going into demanding jobs or gettng married, having kids you can't keep up with the same stuff you did before, but people always enjoy the goth nights out and after party fun, you can just have fun blow off some steam and people get on, it's not like them bars and clubs where you see people fighting in the street drunk.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

To be engaging and wise to social media and how to use it, but this promotes you being a extroverted person and not all musicans are like that, some can be shy and introverted, people who are not good in social situations, that's when you can incorporate that into your band or music, or find help getting someone to help doing the sociel media part. Having a strong brand logo image, people can notice even if they have never heard your music, the music is a big part because once it's released, that's it gone into the wild world, make sure it's the best it can be, first impressions mean a lot. Be friendly, music is very social and you will need to network and make connections in the music industry that could help you with promotion, gigs, production, music videos, rermixes, etc.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Olga Kouklaki Greek electro act SUIR Dark Wave and Post Punk Tying Tiffany synth pop rock from Italy Rendez Vous French Goth Rock Post Punk Siva six a Greek dark electro act Nitro Nose industrial band from Canada Aural Vampire Japaenese newwave industrial Alien Vampires Aggrotech from Italy SERRBRO Russian pop Wulfband Swedish industrial Parov Stelar electro swing from Austria Heilung Germant tribal experimental folk The Tiger Lillies English dark Cabaret Demet Akalin Turkish pop Goat Girl rock from england Onuka Ukrainian avant garde pop Hatari are an Icelandic techno, industrial and punk Necro Stellar Industrial darkwave from Russia hu mongolian rock tribal Omar Souleyman Syrian pop