Multi-platinum D.C. trio SHAED spent much of 2018 and 2019 supporting their global breakout single "Trampoline." With nearly 2 billion streams to-date, "Trampoline" first made waves after being featured in a MacBook Air ad campaign for Apple, which lead to feverish radio play -- #1 on the Alternative and Rock Airplay charts, #1 on Billboard's Emerging Artists chart, #4 on Top 40, and #13 on the Hot 100 -- and national television performances on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Late Show with James Corden, and Late Night with Seth Meyers. In free moments between international festival dates and headline tours, SHAED -- Chelsea Lee, her husband Spencer Ernst, and his twin brother Max Ernst -- found themselves co-writing on the road with renowned songwriters and producers, creating an album-worth of songs under the pressure of following-up their first commercial hit.
As the global pandemic struck, like so many others, SHAED found themselves cancelling plans and in one singular space for the first time in years. With a moment to finally pause, the band discovered that what would have been their debut album no longer felt personal, and most important, no longer felt genuine. "We had a chance to take a serious look at all of the songs in front of us, and one thing was clear -- they no longer told our truth. They didn't feel genuine because we had lost sight of why we started making music together -- to create music that was honest and true to our own experience" explains the band.
As the world continued to be turned upside-down, SHAED scrapped everything they had written and started from scratch. Throughout the remainder of 2020, the band recorded a new set of songs in their home studio, digging deep into the anxiety, depression, and fear that the pandemic brought on. "It took us a minute to start writing again given the state of the world and the tremendous anxiety of not knowing what the future would hold, but once we got our bearings, music started flowing out of us. We wrote about every feeling we were experiencing -- feeling depressed, getting drunk, feeling lost, finding confidence, feeling unhinged, mourning loss, and feeling hopeful. In this process we wrote the most honest music we have ever created."
SHAED's debut album -- High Dive was released in May 2021. The album features collaborations with Two Feet, Lewis Del Mar, and the newer version of their breakout single Trampoline featuring ZAYN. Tracks produced by SHAED, Ariel Rechtshaid (HAIM, Vampire Weekend, Madonna...) and Josh Fountain (Benee), and mixing by Rob Kinelski (Billie Eilish, Finneas, Karol G...) as well as strings throughout the entire album recorded via international pandemic zoom sessions performed by FAMES Macedonian Symphonic Orchestra, co-composed by SHAED and Jherek Bischoff (Brian Eno, Angel Olsen).