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Born and bred in Gloucester, England, Finlay Shakespeare grew up trawling his parents’ record collection, obsessing over work by artists such as Jean-Michel Jarre, Kraftwerk, The Human League and Japan. His interest in synthesizers was born and, after learning to play keyboards, he began to explore the innards of the machines as well. By his teenage years, he was building his own crude synthesizers, selling circuit-bent instruments, and eventually began selling Eurorack synth modules. Inspired by the likes of Autechre and AFX, Shakespeare had also been recording under the name Future Image, releasing a handful of self-released albums and EPs through his high-school years. At the end of his studies at the University of Surrey, Shakespeare took to building synthesizer modules full time, going full time with his brand Future Sound Systems, as well as working with Paul Smith’s Moog Sound Lab UK as its in-house engineer. In 2017, Shakespeare began the “Housediet” series of monthly digital-only EP releases, taking fully improvised sessions working on his own modular systems, drum machines and processed vocals to comment on relevant current affairs and other political issues. This revised semi-industrial synth-pop sound caught the ear of Peter Rehberg at Editions Mego, who released “Domestic Economy” in early 2019, a collection of reworked tracks from a year’s worth of “Housediet” EPs. More recently, Shakespeare has toured the UK as support for synth-pop originators, Blancmange, as well as working on new material for a second LP.

”The debut album from Bristol musician and synth builder Finlay Shakespeare is a wild and restless triumph” – The Quietus

”Editions Mego reveal a striking new synth-pop star in the ascendent with Finlay Shakespeare’s remarkable debut album” – Boomkat

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