Chris Hoy, known in the music world under several aliases including sHiFt, Mantis, Sintax, and USB Human, is a South African born, Australia-based musician and producer who has made a significant impact on the global psytrance scene. He is a key figure in several groups, including Pitch Hikers, Twisted System, and Unsound System, and is the co-founder of the iconic label, Nexus Media.
Chris’s journey into psytrance began with the formation of Twisted System, a group comprised of Chris (sHiFt), Craig (Rabdom L), and Ian (Phyx). Together, they created a unique sound that captivated audiences worldwide and set the stage for Chris’s later success as sHiFt. As a solo artist under the alias sHiFt, Chris released his debut album “Alternator” in 2001 to critical acclaim, cementing his place in the psytrance community. His sound, characterized by driving basslines, intricate melodies, and psychedelic atmospheres, has become a hallmark of the sHiFt brand.
In addition to his work as sHiFt, Chris explores different musical territories under various other aliases. Mantis showcases his darker, more aggressive side, while Sintax allows him to experiment with more playful, experimental sounds. USB Human is another creative outlet for Chris, demonstrating his versatility as an artist.
Beyond his solo projects, Chris collaborates with other artists as a member of Pitch Hikers and Unsound System. Pitch Hikers, a collaboration with artist Liam, fuses psytrance with full-on energy, resulting in a sound that is both powerful and uplifting. Unsound System, a collaboration with Antigravity and EMP, delves into the more experimental side of psytrance.
Chris’s influence extends beyond the stage as a co-founder of Nexus Media, a record label that has become a staple in the psytrance community. Nexus Media has been responsible for releasing some of the most groundbreaking music in the genre, serving as a platform for both established artists and rising talents.
Despite his many accomplishments, Chris remains grounded and committed to his craft. His passion for music is evident in every beat he produces and every set he plays. Whether he is performing as sHiFt, collaborating with other artists, or working behind the scenes at Nexus Media, Chris Hoy is a driving force in the psytrance world, and his impact will be felt for years to come.