Austin, Texas-based producer, Shane Madden, aka Govinda, is set to headline IndyMojo’s Altered Thurzdaze at the Mouse Trap on April 3. An avid bass music producer with an admirable following, Madden adds the unusually awesome elements of the violin and Syrian ancestral music to his productions.
Placed in violin lessons by his mother at the age of 8, Madden’s interest in the violin was sparked after hearing the song, “The Devil Went Down To Georgia”, by the Charlie Daniels Band.
“I had to learn how to play that song,” said Madden in a phone interview. “I wanted to play the violin.”
After graduating with a degree in music composition from the University of Texas, Madden soon discovered electronic and bass music, and began to apply his technical skills in the violin and classical music towards electronic music production.
“I blended that further with some of my ancestral music from the Middle East,” said Madden. “My family is from Syria.”
“I have that kind of Middle Eastern flavor in my style,” said Madden. “So I blended all three together and it started to sound like Govinda.”
“I’m fascinated by the futurism movement,” said Madden. “I also love things that are very old, classic and ancient.”
“So I have this kind of modern-primitive thing going on,” said Madden. “It makes for a good contrast in the art.”
Madden prefers to use a traditional wooden violin with a pickup placed on the violin’s bridge, also employing a number of effects, including reverb and wah-wah.
“It’s an acoustic violin because I like to retain the wood quality,” said Madden.
Madden has played with big names such as Thievery Corporation, Tipper, Bassnectar, Shpongle, Cheb I Sabbah and STS9. Madden has also appeared at numerous music festivals including Coachella, Lightning in a Bottle, Sea of Dreams and SXSW. This Thursday should be just as good, and Madden will surely become a seminal act to headline Altered Thurzdaze and visit the Mouse Trap.