About The Shakedown
The Shakedown started in March 2002 as a Worship Recordings monthly event, one where The Worship crew (DJs Rob Paine, Willyum and Zacharijah) could promote the label on the local level plus all DJ together. A passion of theirs that was quickly integrated into the monthly- out of necessity- was that the party was built around their own quality sound system. So many of the clubs here in Philadelphia sounded just plain terrible!
Therefore the guys took control of that aspect to ensure the dancers and club goers a top notch sound experience. When the party gained steam so did their ideas to grow it, so at that point they came up with a vision to start a new sub-label of Worship called Shakedown, a little more on the jazzy/funky side of the genre, and basically have a ‘raise the EP’ party each month where the label’s artists would come play the event.
The crew pulled this off a couple times, but with the death of the vinyl industry and the explosion of the digital download age (which brought a flood of new labels) they felt the need to more laser focus on just one primary label/brand and at the same time open the scope of the Worship label’s sound a little more.
The Shakedown sub-label faded away, but of course the party remained and the guys opened up the sound system and DJ booth to a wide range of the Internationally acclaimed DJs/artists in the underground house scene that they really respected (and played) at their other gigs- the producers of the tracks Rob, Will and Zack preferred as house DJs.
Ten years later, The Shakedown is known across the country and across the globe as Philadelphia’s top ranking monthly house event.