DJ Shadow (born Joshua Paul Davis) is a producer, DJ and obsessive record collector from San Jose, California. Widely praised for bridging the gap between experimental, genre-bending sounds and incorporating elements of old school hip-hop and forward-thinking electronic music alike, he is best known for his production work and for giving new life to old obscure samples. Associated with igniting the “trip-hop” movement, a term originally coined by music journalist Andy Pemberton in 1994 to describe the funk-meets-ambient-meets-hip-hop-meets jazz hybrid, DJ Shadow helped develop the signature sound associated with the innovative roster of Mo Wax, an independent label based out of London. Building a name for himself based off his instrumental music alone, DJ Shadow had already sunk his teeth into the music industry by the time his first full-length work, Endtroducing, was released in 1996. The album later found its way into the Guinness Book of World Records for “First Completely Sampled Album” in 2001 and remains one of the most integral and influential pieces of work in his critically acclaimed catalog today. Since his humble beginnings in the early ’90s, the heavyweight producer has since expanded his ever-growing discography to impressively include five solo studio albums, six compilation albums, four EPs, a handful of remix and mix albums, six live albums, and an immense array of loose singles. At this point in his career, DJ Shadow balances being a household name with being an intensely private family man, all while being permanently recognized as one of the best sonic curators of all time.