Shawn Hatfield is a musician, audio engineer, guitar tech, composer, and writer out of Winchester, Virginia. He grew up in Northern Virginia, started playing guitar at eight years old, and started recording demo tapes shortly after. He attended Radford University and graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor's Degree in Music, a Minor in Business, and a concentration in guitar. While working on opening a recording studio he wrote and produced an LP of original rock tunes. He released his debut album, A Faded Way of Life, in October, 2015 on CD and digitally. A dual single with brothers, Pete and Sam Walton, (Vivid Funky Livin'/Stretch Marks the Spot) released digitally in September, 2016. Hatfield then released an EP, Wet Socks Down At The Docks, released on cassette and digitally in January, 2017.
His second album, India Pale Aliens - an instrumental hip-hop effort, released digitally in June, 2017. A collaborative hip-hop dual single (Leesburg/Task at Hand) with Empuls digitally released in May, 2018 under the pseudonym, Lettuce Prey. A collaborative urban funk single, "Locked Myself Out," with UK artist Joe Harley/Cortai digitally released in May, 2019 under the pseudonym, Absence of Nature.
Hatfield's latest album, Beach Nugs, released in April 2020 just as COVID hit. Hatfield wrote, recorded, mixed, and mastered all songs on all releases except where noted.
Hatfield owns a music studio called Groove: Music Studio. The company is currently operating out of Goose Creek Music in Purcellville. Groove was founded on June 12th, 2015 and continues thriving after 7 years. He started an independent record label, Appalachian Groove Records, as platform to release and promote studio projects..
Hatfield's writing career started in 2015 after discovering Charles Bukowski, William Burroughs, and Hemingway. He writes poetry, fiction, non-fiction, articles, interviews and reviews. His work can be seen in Oddball Magazine, Culture Cult, Blognostics, The Purcellville Gazette, Indolent Books, Loudoun Arts and more. See Publications tab for more details!
Hatfield started The Borfski Press to publish independent writers and artists. In 2017 he hired his girlfriend, Dagney Palmer, whom he later made a partner of the company and married in Fall 2018. TBP is currently operating out of Stephens City, Va. They publish poetry, short stories, lyrics, articles, reviews, photos, art, and music compositions. After publishing four editions spanning from 2016-2020 they decided to take a break from physical publication and focus their attention on The Borfski Blog.
Hatfield published his first book and poetry collection, Waking Up Is a Disgusting Habit. The pieces are written in prose-poetry form, keeping rhythm and the narrative important while avoiding rhyme and verse formatting. Most of the subject matter deals with insomnia, love, drinking, death, depression, and defining happiness. The poems pose themselves as mini vignettes that tie a much bigger theme together. Most of the work is autobiographical with a few fictional ones. The book released on July 15th, 2016. CLICK HERE to purchase for just $11.99