MONTCLAIR, NJ - In the 1990s, Montclair resident Shane Faber was a sought after producer, engineer, and mixer for many of the recordings of such Hip Hop icons as A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Queen Latifah, Biz Markie, and Grammy winners Digable Planets. He has now thrown his hat into the ring, recently releasing his debut solo album, Late Bloomer Baby Boomer.
Faber wrote, produced, and engineered the album, and also sang and played guitar and drums on all of the songs, according to a release.
“I came from a background that was rooted in precise melody, structure, and music theory, and the world of 90s rap was proudly anything but that,” says Faber, who earned multiple Recording Industry Association of America awards for his work on gold and platinum selling hip hop albums.
He said that he was inspired by the rappers he has worked with.
A native of Florida, Faber earned a B.A. in Music from University of Miami. His classmates included Grammy winners Bruce Hornsby, Pat Metheny, and Jaco Pastorious.
After college, Faber co-founded the new wave band Bad Sneakers, which performed 200+ nights per year in venues from Washington D.C. to NYC. In the late 80s, Faber embarked on his journey in the studio, often writing songs.
He soon became a songwriter with Warner-Chappell Music where he created a library of instrumental tracks that were used on SNL, In Living Color, Oprah, PBS, the NFL Network, MSNBC, A&E, Biography, Showtime, VH1, Trading Spaces, Bravo, and Nickelodeon.
His day job is in service management, where he works as a technical architect, specializing in Servicenow software. By night, he hits the studio to work on his music.
Late Bloomer Baby Boomer seeks to capture the warm sound and tight craftsmanship of his favorite artists from the 70s, such as Steely Dan and Todd Rundgren. Along with Faber’s playing, the album also features performances from a variety of talented musicians – including Johnny Neel, who toured with Dickie Betts and was a member of the Allman Brothers Band.
“The album, which was over 20 years in the making after lots of fits and starts, is full of big hooks, tasty solos, and sophisticated harmonic adventures,” says Faber.
“I invite grown-ups everywhere to kick back and enjoy these songs about life, love, and lessons learned, which are better late than never.”