Put your hands together, come on and stomp your feet. There's a good time waiting for you, so come on and let's get free! -Funkadelic
Shuj Roswell is the latest musical creation of Denver's own, Mark A. Cooley. Releasing his debut album, Flying High Above The World, on Michal Menert's (PLM) Super Best Records label in 2015, he carefully curates vinyl samples of 60's and 70's funk and soul, 80's R&B, 90's Hip-Hop, and obscure movie soundtracks to use as a foundation for his production. Fusing traditional sample based hip-hop with warm analog synthesis and hard hitting beats sets the table for a sound Mark has come to call, Funktronadelic. A self-taught multi-instrumentalist, he aims to direct his work towards the "intelligent listener." In an interview with the Untz show, The Late Lunch, Mark said, "I want the listener to take an active part in the music. I would encourage anyone to dig up the samples used to connect with the history in my music and possibly find a deeper meaning in it. Hopefully then, they hear it in a fresh new way. There's so much old stuff out there that’s just not recognized anymore and it's tragic. I love how sampling provides an opportunity to breathe new life into somebody else's art that may have otherwise been forgotten."
Mark is accompanied on stage by drummer and core member, Eric Imbrosciano. Eric comes from a hip-hop, funk, and jazz background originated from his early years gigging in the New York music scene. He injects a whole new vibe into the Shuj Roswell sound from laid back hip-hop grooves to drum & bass breaks. Eric also performs with the four-piece funk ensemble, Jaden Carlson Band and the jazz-fusion quartet, Space Orphan.
Shuj Roswell also performs as a Live Band taking advantage of the following musicians improvisational skills to not replace the samples in the music, but to perform an entirely new musical part over the track. Any or all of the live band members may sit in at a Shuj Roswell show so you're never sure what you might get. This is preferred over labeling a show as a "live band" production. We feel it keeps the audience on their heels, creates a loose vibe on stage, and pays tribute to the jazz style "sit in."
Mark Cooley - Production, Guitar, Mother-32 Modular (Core Member)
Eric Imbrosciano - Drums (Core Member)
Jarrett Allen (J Shook) - MC
Adam Revell - Voyager, Prophet, Virus, Juno
Mikey Thunder - Turntables
Sarah Mount - Saxophone
Matt Wilkolak - Trumpet
Mark Wilkolak - Trombone
Shuj Roswell has toured with, supported, or performed with the following artists: Michal Menert (PLM, SBR), Thriftworks, Mimosa, Mark Farina, Nosaj Thing, The Werks, Russ Liquid (All Good/1320 Records), Marvel Years, Daily Bread (Philos Records), Paul Basic (PLM), Maddy O'Neil (SBR), Mux Mool (SBR), Project Aspect (MHSM), Lucid Vision (MHSM), David Murphy (STS9), and Analog Son among others.