Shields, who was born in the USA and has the American nationality, wandered the age of nine with his family in the Irish city of Dublin. There he met Colm O'Ciosoig know. With it, he played in various bands and in 1984 they founded together with Dave Conway, the group My Bloody Valentine.
When Creation Records several EPs and albums were released. The ever-increasing perfectionism Shields led to the record company ( worked 14 different sound engineer ) by the production of the album Loveless almost went bankrupt. In 1991, a recording contract with Iceland Records was signed. As, however, about £ 500,000 were issued without any significant results were presented, the contract was canceled, and the band fell apart. Rumors of a reunion of My Bloody Valentine, there were always, in February 2013 finally then the comeback album was released but mbv.
Shields took the time out of the band to work as a guest musician or as a producer and remixer with Experimental Audio Research, Curve, Dinosaur Jr., Yo La Tengo, Mogwai and Primal Scream. For Lost in Translation, the film directed by Sofia Coppola, he wrote some songs. In 2005 he played on the Meltdown Festival with Patti Smith.
Kevin Shields ' brother Jimi Shields is also active as a musician and played in Rollerskate Skinny and Lotus Crown.
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The music magazine Rolling Stone put Shields on place 95 of Rolling Stone 's List of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.