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Birth nameCarsten Schack
Also known asSoulpower Productions
Born1968 (age 5354)
Gug, Denmark
Origin Aalborg, Denmark
Genres Pop, R&B, hip hop
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, record producer, musician
Instrument(s)Songwriter, music producer, dj
Years active1989 (1989)–present

Carsten Schack (born 1968 in Gug, Denmark) and better known by his stage name Soulshock is a Danish record producer and songwriter.



Carsten Schack was born in the Aalborg suburb of Gug, the son of economics professor Bent Schack and physician assistant Åse Schack. In the early 1990s he dated choreographer Toniah Pedersen for 3 years. Since 1993 he had been living in Los Angeles in the USA with his girlfriend Charmayne Maxwell, former vocalist of American R&B group Brownstone, with whom he has a son, Nicholas.

His music career began as a DJ, when in 1989 he came joint third place in the DMC European Mixing Championships. This gave him a DJ job at Queen Latifah's European tour, and later a remix job for the artist. [1]

In the years 1989–1991 Carsten Schack was co-host of the radio program Det DUR (Dansk Ungdomsradio) on P3. His Monday hip-hop radio show was the first hip-hop program on Radio Denmark.

Soulshock and Cutfather

Together with Mich "Cutfather" Hansen, he formed a producer and DJ duo Soulshock & Cutfather in the late 1980s, making a name by remixing for Danish artists such as Lis Sørensen ("Mine øjne de skal se"), Cut'N'Move ("Get Serious" and "Spread Love"), Laid Back ("Bakerman") and Back to Back ("Jonathan").

In 1990 they together started a record label Soulpower Productions, as part of Medley Records, where they particularly produced Yasmin and Cut'N'Move. Several times they won mixing championship produced for Queen Latifah and Ultra Naté.

De Serious Cutshock

For producing Turkish-Faroese singer Yasmin (full name Yasmin Elvira Steenholdt), he formed a producing trio under the name De Serious Cutshock made up of him (under the pseudonym Soulshock), Mich Hedin Hansen (known as Cutfather) and Peter Meldgaard (known as Depete). The trio produced "Wanna Dance" and "A Scent of Flowers" for her.

Soulshock and Karlin

In 1992, Carsten Schack immigrated to the United States. Soulshock needed a great keyboard player, and found one in Kenneth Karlin. [2] Together they formed the production duo Soulshock & Karlin. Soulshock & Karlin produced and wrote their first No. 1 top 40 hit "Leave (Get Out)" performed by JoJo, and the No. 1 R&B song "Truth Is" performed by American Idol winner Fantasia (which also received a Grammy nomination for best R&B album) and tracks for rap star Nelly.

Throughout the 1990s he wrote and produced, inter alia, Brandy, Usher, Monica, Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, Craig David, Sting, Toni Braxton, JoJo, and 2Pac.

Soulshock and Karlin have more recently produced songs for the debut solo albums of Cheryl Cole, Alexandra Burke and Leona Lewis.

Other appearances

Personal life

Schack was married to Charmayne "Maxee" Maxwell of the group Brownstone, with whom he has a son, Nicolaj. She died on February 28, 2015.


See: Soulshock & Karlin discography

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