Shred For Your Life was inspired by the bohemian music scene of New York's lower east side. Three years ago Marc Razo (himself a talented guitarist and bartender at the legendary Max Fish Bar on Ludlow St.) wanted to take the energetic jam sessions that existed in studios around his neighborhood and bring them to the bar. The first battle happened at Max Fish on the pool table and was enjoyed by a select few patrons and friends. The following year the event was staged at the Anthology Film Archives, also in downtown Manhattan, still enjoyed by friends and local musicians in the neighborhood. The event developed a cult following and by the third show tickets were impossible to get. Word of mouth built Shred For Your Life into "New York's most anticipated and talked about rock event" according to Paper Magazine.