SHADER – Interview
Interview with Stu Whiston (vocals & guitar) of SHADER and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
SW: Indie-Rock and Roll with ton’s of passion and massive choruses.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
SW: Mike (Lead Guitar) and myself met at Music College and became friends through a mutual love of Oasis. He borrowed me some Oasis bootleg CD’s I’d never heard and that was it. Darren (Bass) is my brother’s best friend and I caught him in my bedroom one day playing this shitty bass I had for demoing with. I grabbed my guitar and we started jamming Aneurism by Nirvana. Us three have been in a covers band and various original bands over the years. Shader began around a demo I’d done of a song called ‘Broken Minds’ that Mike heard and loved. We got Darren involved on Bass and booked the rehearsal room for 3 months rehearsing that song and a few others. We asked Tom (Drums) to join the band after we’d seen a drum-cover video he’d filmed playing a Catfish and the Bottlemen very very well.
PD: Who are your musical influences?
SW: Echo and the Bunnymen, Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, The Verve, Joy Division, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, U2, Happy Mondays, Nirvana, Stone Roses.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
SW: Just to put out a high level of quality music that stands up next to the greats. Travel the world playing our songs.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
SW: Most songs I bring to the band and then we work out structures and parts in the rehearsal room. We have a few songs that were born out of someone playing a riff in the rehearsal room and then we build it up. There’s a new song on our upcoming CD called ‘Rise’ that began as a raunchy jam and after a couple more rehearsals became a monster of a tune.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
SW: Via social networking generally. We have a good fanbase who help share our gigs and video’s.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
SW: Downloading has it’s advantages. If you want to instantly listen to something new or a band from the past you’ve got into, you can instantaneously. If we’re talking streaming services then again it’s great to have access to a bands back catalogue. I’m literally going through the history of Simple Minds on Spotify at the minute and it’s great for that. Disadvantages to the music consumer I think you can miss out on the whole experience of just going to a record shop and having a nosey and maybe stumbling on something you wouldn’t necessarily come across plus you don’t have the physical product in your hands, the artwork, sleeve notes etc. all that stuff counts to the experience for me. Spotify and the likes use these powerful algorithms to suggest music you might like which can be cool but you can’t beat stumbling across an album that goes against your current taste and maybe take you down a different road. Another big disadvantage of downloading of course, especially for upcoming bands is poor royalties. The revenue generated via streaming services and download stores can be really unfair for the artist in my opinion.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
SW: Comedy by Shack. Just the whole mood of the song is untouchable and the lyrics are great. It’s a song that should be as big as Live Forever by Oasis for me.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
SW: We have a new single coming out on 42’s Records called ‘Time Is Right’. I wrote the song many years ago and it’s taken years to get the band right and find a drummer who can smash it to get to the sound I had in my head. The whole band is proud of it. We played it the record label and it blew them away.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
SW: Obviously with the lockdown it’s been difficult but we’ve stayed busy recording / filming isolation videos. We’ve done an isolation cover of Gerry Cinnamon – Sometimes that’s pretty good. We’ve done another one but I’m keeping it a secret until we share it. It’s a cover of a tune I don’t think anyone’s ever done but it’s just an absolute tune from an absolute film.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
SW: We have songs on Spotify and videos on YouTube at www.youtube.com/shaderuk.
Our new single / 4-track CD ‘Time Is Right’ is released on May 29th and available to pre-order now from https://42srecords.tmstor.es/ including our last single ‘Be My Saviour’ and two brand new tracks.
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