In 1994 a group of kids (aged 15-17) from different parts of Israel (Erez & Roy from the suburbs of Haifa, Miki from Tel-Aviv area and Oren from Zikhron Ya’akov met via the internet. They shared their work of Impulse Tracker, they started writing music on the computer, exchanging tracks and sounds.
Miki and Oren formed a PC-music group called tRiP, which featured trance, ambient, house and other electronic music in formats like S3M, IT, XM, MDL. Late 1995 Erez joined the group and early 1996 he brought Roy with him.
For 6 months they created a lot of tracks without ever seeing eachother in person. Later, with the help of local friends, they got into the trance scene and their tracks started to spread around in parties in Israel, becoming big hits: Astral Child, Vertigo, Paradise and many more. The major breakout happened when the group met Avi Nissim (Astral Projection) who liked some of their tracks and the group then named themselves "Shidapu". The name comes from from Sidpao - the Tibetan astrological map. Avi officially released some of their tracks and the group got booked for live shows all over Israel and Europe.
Oren quit Shidapu in its early stages. In 1997 Roy and Miki were drafted for the Israeli army and Shidapu became more or less Erez's solo project. He released the debut album in 1999, with 2 of the 9 tracks made with other group members.
These days, Roy is playing the classic tunes made by the group live again under the name Shidapu.