Shakedown is a Swiss musical project, known internationally for its 2002 hit single, "At Night". By the time they started the group in 1999, Stephan Mandrax and Sebastien Kohler were two brothers who blended their knowledge to form their genre, a modified disco infused house crossed with electro.
Stephan 'Mandrax' Kohler, a fan of new wave and punk, made his 1984 DJ debut in a notorious music club called Dolce Vita in Lausanne. While in England he discovered house music, and two years later started to promote illegal parties on his return to Switzerland in order to Dj and play for large crowds, thus pioneering this new sound nationally by playing all over the country and around Europe, especially Paris.
Stephan moved to New York City in 1992, starting the labels, Liquid Groove and Boombastic and with the American DJ, Mike Delgado. The label Liquid Groove garnered its first success with the H2O project: H20 feat Billie “Satisfied“, H20 “Living for the Future“ and H20 feat. Billie “Nobody's business" which went to enter the UK top 20 chart.
In late 1999, Stephan returned to Switzerland to set up a new home and recording studio. After a stint studying and working as a sound engineer in London, from 1993 to 1996, Sebastien also returned to Switzerland and started the Bel-Air Project and the label Cornflex, which lasted from 1997 to 2000. In 1998, he released a series of CDs including the single "Dark Jazzor", one of the earliest recorded songs to include a crossover of drum and bass incorporated with house.
Recognising they had developed a complementary set of skills, the two brothers created their musical project, Shakedown. They started working together by producing tracks for other artists, before beginning to record a few demo songs with artists such as Pookie and the vocalist Terra Deva.
"At Night" became a 2002 dance anthem, crossing over to national charts and peaking in the UK Singles Chart at No. 6. They made an appearance on the BBC Television programme, Top of the Pops, the first time any Swiss musicians had been on the show. In June 2003, a follow-up track, "Drowsy with Hope", peaked at No. 46 in the UK chart.
Sly & Robbie “Superthruster “ (Palm pictures) Röyksopp “Eple“(Shakedown Remix) (Wall Of Sound) Mirwais “I Can't Wait“ (Shakedown Remix) (Naïve) Mousse T “Fire“ (Shakedown's Firehorse Mix) (Serious Records) Eric Polaire “Polar Bear“ (Shakedown Dub) (Panorama) Mousse T “Is It Cos I'm Cool?“ (Shakedown Tangerine Mix) (Independance /Universal) Les Rythmes Digitales “Jacques Your Body“ (Shakedown Remix) (PIAS) D. Ramirez “La Discotek“ (Shakedown Remix) (Underwater Records) Virtualmismo “Mismoplastico“ (Shakedown Remix) DFC Sharam Jey Ft. Princess Superstar “Monday Morning“ (Shakedown Remix) (King Kong) Haji & Emanuel “The Pressure“ (Big Love)
They also garnered success by producing and co-writing for:
Bootsy Collins : “Funky & You Know It “ (Play With Bootsy LP) (Warner) Rinôçérôse: “Friction Dancer “ / “Get Ready Now “( Schizophonia LP / V2 Rinôçérôse : “Time Machine “ / “Mind City“ / “Tomorrow“ (Futurinô LP /V2)
Shakedown's tracks were used amongst others in the films The Transporter 2' by Louis Leterrier and”'Les Corps Impatients ' by Xavier Gianolli