Govinda is the alter-ego of Austin based producer/composer Shane Madden. A student of the violin and composition since the age of eight, Shane went on to study classical violin at the University of Texas, where electronic music production began to cement a place in his heart. After his discovery of gypsy roots, he opened his ears to the various genres and styles of music from around the world. From experiences learning violin with mysterious masters on his journeys across the globe and his passion for modern design and technology, the current sound of Govinda was born.
Over the years, Govinda has played with acts such as Thievery Corporation, STS9, Bassnectar, Shpongle, and many others. Recently, he was approached to work with 5-time Grammy Award winning musicians, The Blind Boys of Alabama. The legendary gospel musicians have transcended the boundaries of traditional gospel, exploring the spiritual dimensions of rock and pop songs, of blues music, of funk and folk and everything in between. It is only natural that a group such as the Blind Boys would eventually explore the electronic element. And who better to share that experience with than Govinda, a true student of music.
Madden discusses the collaboration with The Blind Boys of Alabama:
“I’ve always enjoyed combining my style of world bass music with a variety of others like indie rock and soul so when my management approached me with the idea of working with 5 time Grammy Award winning, Blind Boys of Alabama, I was definitely honored and intrigued. These guys roots run so deep, and I knew it was their first electronic effort, so it was very important to me to attempt to convey a lot of emotion in this one track. It took me a while to find balance in all of it and hope everyone feels a little piece of everything that went it to producing the track.”
Check out the exclusive track “Don’t Worry” from Govinda ft. The Blind Boys of Alabama only at Live for Live Music: