|Birth name James Alexander Shaw|
Education Juilliard School
|Name James Shaw|
Years active 1998–present
|Genres Indie rock, alternative rock, new wave, post-punk revival, synthpop, dance-rock|
Occupation(s) musician, record producer, recording engineer
Instruments guitar, synthesizers, theremin
Labels Metric Music International Last Gang Arts & Crafts (Mexico Only)
Music groups Metric (Since 1998), Broken Social Scene, Young Artists for Haiti (2010)
Similar People Emily Haines, Joshua Winstead, Joules Scott‑Key, Evan Cranley, Justin Peroff
James Shaw (sometimes credited as Jimmy Shaw) is a founder and lead guitarist of Canadian indie rock band Metric. He is also founder of the band Broken Social Scene and an award winning producer.
Life and career
Shaw was born in London, England and raised in Bellevue, Ontario, Canada. He spent three years earning a classical music education at the Juilliard Music School in New York. Upon returning to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, he met Emily Haines, and the two began dating and making music immediately. This led to the creation of the band Metric. His early efforts to make sure that former high school friends Haines and Kevin Drew helped the evolution of the band Broken Social Scene and resulted in Drew saying about Shaw "I consider him my husband to this day."
Shaw produced the debut album of the Montreal band The Lovely Feathers (who toured with Metric in 2005).
He is the owner of Giant Studios in Toronto, formerly with Sebastien Grainger, member of Death From Above 1979.
In 2010, he was nominated along with bandmate Emily Haines for the Juno Award for Songwriter of the Year. In 2013 he won the Juno Award for Producer of the Year for the songs "Youth Without Youth" and "Breathing Underwater" from Metric's album Synthetica.
Shaw performed with Broken Social Scene on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert March 30, 2017.