Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee
Wednesday, October 16, 11AM
Hank Shocklee is a 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and a 2018 GRAMMY Hall of Fame inductee as a founder & producer of seminal hip hop group Public Enemy and the Bomb Squad. He is a sonic architect who has worn many hats in the music business throughout the years including as a DJ, music producer, sound designer and scorer for film and TV as well as serving as a senior level music executive at Universal Records.
Sampling in music is now a part of the mainstream culture and Hank Shocklee is one of the culture leaders who helped bring the art of sampling to the forefront by creating techniques such as filtering, multiband micro-loop sampling, introducing the use of sine waves to create kick drums and bass lines, truncating and mapping samples on keyboards and drum machines and using tuning to create warping in his productions in the late ’80s-early ’90s. With his production outfit the BOMB SQUAD, these techniques were cemented via his landmark albums with Public Enemy such as It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back and Fear Of A Black Planet, two albums which consistently rank high amongst most of the “greatest albums of all time” lists.
Always seeking new and innovative ways to transform the audio arts, he is currently President of Shocklee Entertainment which is developing new music and multimedia projects that will explore electronic, techno and hip hop vibrations which he calls the “Future Frequency.” Hank also consults various audio and consumer technology startups and teaches and mentors music students as a visiting artist at some of the leading music schools in the U.S. including Berklee College of Music, The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU, The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music and the Boston Academy of Arts.