Westwood Recordings / Delicious Music


STAUNCH was formed in 2011 by James Hayes [Shadow Fx] and Algernon Renton [Positive Thought, Mustard Tiger]

The project was aptly named STAUNCH; a bass heavy, funk laden mid-tempo breaks/glitch hop project, with both artists stemming from progressive trance backgrounds and being influenced by the Australian outdoor music scene's shift toward glitch music.

Shadow FX was created in 2002 by Northern NSW born producer James Hayes. He had begun his musical career at an early age, studying and playing guitar & drums in high school. After discovering psytrance in his late teens, he progressed to DJing and finally to writing his own intricate style of trance for the esteemed progressive label Zenon Records. Following the release of his well received 2007 debut album 'Direct Influence', James was nominated for Beatport's artist of the year award in 2008. As well as Zenon, James also has releases with ZMA, Iboga, Bio-sine, Cosmic Conspiracy Records and has performed at major festivals worldwide.

Also from the Northern NSW, Algernon Renton starting producing music in 2003, and in 2009 Alg released his first Positive Thought album 'This is Not a Workshop' on UP Records. Since then, Alg has been producing music at breakneck pace in various styles with well known aliases such as Mustard Tiger, Yeti and Jeremy Glitchard - to name a few. Considered a force to be reckoned with within the electronic music industry, Alg has dominated Addictech charts with Mustard Tiger, and recently accomplished a successful USA tour in 2012. Alg also has releases with UP, Sundance, Dooflex, Yellow Sunshine Explosion and Regen Records, and has made himself a staple in the Australian festival scene.

Now both based in Melbourne, James and Alg have been making a name for themselves since they put out their first EP in 2011 released through Hopskotch Records. In 2015 they dropped their first full length album ‘Dissecting the Groove’.

Having played at all Australia's major festivals (Rainbow, Eclipse, Maitreya etc) alongside icons such as Opiuo, Spoonbill and Tipper, STAUNCH are fast becoming a household name amongst the glitch and breaks scene.