xd238 Ken Shabby - livin' up in d-Attic

Woodstock New York   United States of America
Member since May 26, 2015

Collaborations: 79   Joined: 13   Tracks: 166



March 2020 update


Please PM if you are looking for me, I'm now on somewhat of a project HIATUS(that has gone on way too long). I am going on 2 years without even a partial production setup... :-l

Needless to say, I am not a happy camper...

I will let my PLUS membership lapse, and only will be a month at a time paying member as may be needed...

There have been several unexpected delays getting even a portion of the attic here upstate where I have moved workable....

A back injury and a busy schedule have not helped...

d-Attic progress:

Special thanks to my current collaborators for being patient.

Life is what happens when you are making other plans. ..this hiatus was not by issues, career, family health name it, I got it...

Needless to say, I am eager to get back to it, and hopefully will be quite soon. I will be working mostly in private, and resuming a handful of tracks where I have reached out to the collaborators already.

I used to run the "alt-music" kompoz group. As of this update it still exists until end of March 2020, while I am still on a 1 year PLUS subscription.

For those visiting for first time here...

Who is Ken Shabby?

(if you have 2 mins to spare...)

I am back into music after multi multi-year breaks. Former lead vocalist for a alt-funk-industrial-rock live band, and I was actually signed to and worked for an NYC indie label but only occasionally want to talk about it.... :)

I lived in the Manhattan and Brooklyn area in total for almost 25 years, early on I saw the crusty edge of the innards of the music biz, been there, done/seen that...

Prior to that, I lived 10 years in Boston, which had a really active indie music scene during the time I was there. Thats where I got my start, although I never had the typical "Boston sound".

At this point music is a hobby where I want to produce quality work. I never made the kind of music that made millions (except maybe the early 90's there was a chance...however small)

I like songs but what I do has been more on the alternative end than pop. If anything, I enjoy working in the area of genre-blurring most. So I'd like to put the word "alt-" in front of many kompoz categories.

Most of what I have done so far on Kompoz is contribute vocals as a collaborator. I am also a songwriter and arranger. I am beginning to focus on new material as a project originator at this point, but...I plan to finish off all collabs I have started working on though with other project owners. Or if something new thats really great for me comes along. Feel free to PM me about that, but know that I have many, many projects in queue already.

I have 2 strong beliefs when it comes to music-making:

- Quality is better than quantity.

- While great works can come together quickly, most don't. Especially if you have a job for a living. And even if you don't :)

Please see a complete list of my influences:

mike patton

al jourgensen

peter gabriel

david byrne

brian eno

adrian belew

bill laswell

adrian sherwood


contact info:

xd238 / d-Attic

P.O. Box 192

Woodstock, NY 12498

My Showcase Tracks
Even though I did not write this, "Blistering Chaos" is the closest I've worked on kompoz to my writing style of the past. Sid had this track lying around here for 5 years before I discovered it, and immediately connected to it. I worked on modifying the lyrics and melody a bit before posting my vocal. I hope to do a remix of this and complete the end section at some point.
"First Year Thief" was orginated by MickeyMojo with a really cool bass line, keys, and arrangement. A whole cast and crew joined on. I couldn't help myself but join this track, but I needed a push from dirtywordholiday to help out with some of the verse lyrics, he also has some asides in the song "do-do-do-do" coming out of the first chorus. I took samples from old (and new) gangster movies. I know where Steve Buscemi lives, seriously I do.... I wonder what he would think of this aside from obvious copyright issues...LOL
This is still a draft mix, but worth a feature. A harrowing journey of regret and self-loathing over a bad deed...this is the subject of horror and gore movies and kicked off brilliantly by sriracha, industrial-era drums added by Andrea, and the crazy madman lyrics/vocals are yours truly. See you at Lollapalooza 1992.
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