AL SHUX

Biography

Curiosity induces inspiration. The search for new sounds, styles, and songs drives London-born and Los Angeles-based GRAMMY® Award-winning and Academy® Award-nominated producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Al Shux. This pursuit positions him as a go-to studio talent for some of the world’s most iconic artists and remains central to his songcraft on everything from “Empire State of Mind” by JAY-Z and Alicia Keys to “All The Stars” by Kendrick Lamar and SZA.

As a result, he never stops seeking.

“I believe curiosity is the key to staying inspired,” he affirms. “I try to cultivate and nurture my own inspiration. I’m constantly trying new things. I don’t shut myself down to any ideas. I’m always open. Staying inspired is the most important thing to me.”

Growing up in Shepherd’s Bush, he spent countless hours combing his parents’ record collection, developing an appreciation for the likes of Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Marvin Gaye, and Joni Mitchell. At eleven-years-old, hip-hop rose to prominence and immediately captivated him. His mom often hosted foreign exchange students in their home, which unassumingly offered access to an even wider swath of influences. As such, he can vividly recall sneaking into the room of one French DJ and making mixtapes out of the lodger’s Gang Starr and Lord Finesse records.

By high school, he joined forces with a handful of friends to launch his first hip-hop group “in a janky dungeon basement.

“It was such a great time for music,” he recalls. “There was hip-hop and then the explosion of underground, rave, jungle, and garage in the UK. To be a kid and hear all of this was incredible. It was very different than the guitar stuff I’d been rocking with my whole life. I had been like, ‘Fuck the guitar. I’m going to buy some decks and work out how to DJ with my friends’,” he smiles.

After years of quietly grinding, he produced six tracks on longtime friend Sway’s Mercury Award-nominated 2006 breakout, This is My Demo. Around the same time, he caught Lupe Fiasco’s attention and contributed “Hi-Definition” [feat. Snoop Dogg & Poo Bear] to the gold-certified Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool a year later. Cementing himself a sought-after producer, he produced and co-wrote the quintuple platinum “Empire State of Mind” in 2009, which achieved “Best Rap Song” at the 2011 GRAMMY® Awards in addition to vying for “Record of the Year.”

Not only did “Empire State of Mind” grace numerous year-end and decade lists by The New York Times, Pitchfork, Entertainment Weekly, Complex, NME, and more, but it also soundtracked the 2009 World Series and the 142nd Belmont Stakes in New York. Woven into the fabric of the city’s identity now, it ranks next to Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” as a quintessential Big Apple record.

Along the way, he amassed a diverse and dynamic discography. It spanned everything from Plan B’s Ill Manors to “Drowning” for Banks, “Young and Beautiful” for Lana Del Rey, “Simply Unstoppable” for Tinie Tempah, and many more. Since relocating to Los Angeles during 2012, has operated out of an intimate Downtown Los Angeles Studio, composing organically on organ, piano, drums, percussion, bass, drums, and synths.

Reaching for new heights once again, 2018 saw him co-produce “All The Stars” with Sounwave. Not only did it go double-platinum and notch half-a-billion streams, but it also garnered nominations in the category of “Best Original Song” at the Academy® Awards and the Golden Globe® Awards and in the categories of “Record of the Year,” “Song of the Year,” “Best Rap/Sung Performance,” and “Best Song Written for Visual Media” at the GRAMMY® Awards. The smash started when he sparked friction between an analog Prophet 6 synth and “new school Roland.This experimentation represents the core approach of his process.

‘All The Stars’ came out of a random sequence of noises after hooking up these two pieces of equipment that should not be put together,” he says. “I wasn’t using these machines the way they were intended to be used, and I just recorded whatever came out. I chopped up this weird sequence and made order out of chaos. Sometimes, you get a piece of magic you can build the house around. It’s still idiosyncratic on the inside.”

In the end, the search doesn’t stop and neither does his sonic output.

“I want listeners to feel like there’s something fresh about my music,” he leaves off. “I love to add elements with some dissonance you might not expect. That’s the music I love the most and the kind I want to make.”

Selected Discography Save or Print Discography

Khalid

"Bad Luck" from Free Spirit

RCA

Co-Writer, Producer

L Devine

"Can't Be You" - single

Warner UK

Co-Writer, Producer

Kendrick Lamar & SZA

"All The Stars" from Black Panther: The Album

Top Dawg Ent. / Aftermath/ Interscope

Co-Writer, Producer

Kelela

"Take Me Apart" from Take Me Apart

Warp Records

Producer, Writer

Banks

"Underdog" -Single

UMG/Harvest Records

Co-Writer, Producer

Erik Hassle

"Minnesota" and "All Of You All Over Me" from Innocence Lost

TEN

Co-Writer, Producer

Vancouver Sleep Clinic

"Someone To Stay"- single

Sony

Producer

Banks

"Fuck With Myself" - Single

Harvest Records

Producer

Erik Hassle

"If Your Man Only Knew" - Single

TEN/RCA Records

Co-Writer, Producer

Lianne La Havas

"What You Don't Do"

Warner Brothers

Producer

Ella Henderson

"Mirror Man" from Chapter One

Simco

Producer, Writer

Elliphant

"Purple Light (feat. Doja Cat) from One More - EP

TEN/Kemosabe

Mixer, Producer, Programmer, Writer

Banks

"Drowning" from Goddess

Harvest

Producer, Writer

Kimbra

"Goldmine" from The Golden Echo

Warner Brothers

Producer

La Roux

"Cruel Sexuality" from Trouble In Paradise

Polydor

Co-Producer

Katy B

"Wicked Love" from Little Red (Deluxe)

Sony Music UK

Producer, Writer

Lana Del Rey

"Young and Beautiful" from The Great Gatsby: Music from Baz Luhrmann's Film

Interscope

Producer

Elle Varner

"Oh What a Night" - Single

RCA

Producer, Writer

Plan B

Ill Manors (Film Score)

Atlantic

Producer, Writer

Nas

"Roses (feat. Nikki Flores) from Life Is Good

Def Man

Producer, Writer

Paloma Faith

"Freedom" from Fail to Grace

RCA

Producer, Writer

Plan B

Ill Manors

Atlantic

Producer, Writer

Lana Del Rey

"This Is What Makes Us Girls" from Born to Die

Interscope

Producer

Tinie Tempah

"Illusion" & "Simply Unstoppable" from Disc-Overy

Parlophone

Producer, Writer

Alicia Keys

"Empire State of Mind (Part II)" from The Element of Freedom

RCA

Producer, Writer

Jay-Z

"Empire State of Mind (feat. Alicia Keys)" from The Blueprint 3

Roc Nation

Producer, Writer

Sway

"Saturday Night Hustle (feat. Lemar)" from The Signature

Konvict Muzik

Producer

2face Idibia

"Go Down There (feat. Sway)" from Unstoppable

Hypertek Entertainment

Producer, Writer

Lupe Fiasco

"Hi-Definition (feat. Snoop Dogg & Pooh Bear)" from Lupe Fiasco's The Cool

Atlantic

Producer, Writer

Jamie Foxx

"Extravaganza (feat. Kanye West)" Al Shux Remix

J Records

Remixer

Sway

"Back 4 U," "Little Derek," "Products" & "On My Own (feat. Nate James)" from This Is My Demo

All City Music

Producer, Writer

Sway

"Sick World" from This Is My Demo

All City Music

Writer