Wednesday Q&A: Shadow Of Whales
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It’s been a couple of months since I’ve featured Shadow Of Whales with their awesome debut single ‘Dream‘. What I didn’t tell you back then, is that the brothers were working on their debut EP and with a single like ‘Dream‘, (my) expectations were high!

And let me tell ya, their EP didn’t disappoint me one bit. Matter of fact, they dropped it like a boss and it’s hard not just to love the sound these brothers are bringing!

With the six rich sounding tracks, that will keep your feet tapping and your head spinning, this EP is simply a must to grab in digital form or as an old school hardcopy, which I know the brothers will do their best to send you a personally signed copy!

More then enough reason to to reach out, grab Jeremy by his bow tie and get to know this Texas based band that is Shadow Of Whales:

The Dutch Guy (TDG): Can I borrow 20 bucks?

Shadow Of Whales (SoW): I don’t have any cash on me 🙁 but if you want I can run to an ATM 😛

TDG: When you looked into the mirror this morning, what was your first thought?

SoW: Bow ties are cool!

Literally, I’m wearing a bow tie at the moment, hahaha!

TDG: What was the last furry thing you touched?

SoW: Josh has this new puppy that is small, black, and furry and it loves to cuddle and kiss you everywhere. It’s the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen.

TDG: Can you describe yourself in one sentence?

SoW: Is Schwarzenegger hard to spell?

TDG: What are your (musical) roots?

SoW: My musical roots, personally, are a mix between the classic rock of my father like Journey, Boston, Queen, AC/DC and Punk Rock bands like Green Day, Blink-182, Sum 41 and The Offspring that were introduced to me by my brother.

The band as a whole? I’d say most of us definitely have a classic rock influence handed down by our parents but more recent music is everywhere for us. Caleb and Josh are really in to Switchfoot, JD is in to things like Steam-Powered Giraffe, and Chris is in to U2, Two Door Cinema Club and Arctic Monkeys.

TDG: How would you describe your sound?

SoW: Our music is diverse, or in other words, it has a spectrum of sounds. There’s songs you can dance to, songs you can sing a long to, songs you can jam to and songs you can mosh to.

Given the spectrum of influences we all have, it fits. Artists we’ve been compared to are The Killers, Panic at the Disco, and Franz Ferdinand.

TDG: What’s involved in your songwriting process?

SoW: Our songwriting process differs to each song and is dependent on where we happen to be.

Sometimes Josh will write something and demo it on the computer and send it out to us, other times we all accidentally turn a jam session in to a song, and then other times we all collectively come together specifically to write.

In all of these cases, we are very open, we try to be humble with each other and not step on the others toes. When there’s a part we are stuck on and everyone has a different opinion it typically comes to a group decision of where the song should go.

TDG: Which aspect do you enjoy the most while working on new music?

SoW: It’s between two things, one is that we are making music with some of our best friends and having the greatest time.

The second, (or tie for first really) is sharing it with everyone. We feel closely connected with our fans and to us it’s kind of like showing our music to our best friends. We can’t wait to hear their opinions and feedback and see what they like about it and don’t like. Furthermore, we can’t wait to all sing and play it together at the live concert we will see them at later.

TDG: Who or what inspires you the most?

SoW: The artists who have made it and aren’t total jerks hahaha! Jon Foreman is a big inspiration for some of the guys. Honestly, we really respect the people that are working hard or have worked hard to get where they are and reading the stories or watching the documentaries of how they got there is very encouraging to us; because sometimes it gets really hard and it feels like we are making no progress or that we will never make it and it helps to know that that is the same way they felt when they were starting out or a year in to their careers.

Secondly, our family, friends and fans. They are all so supportive and so encouraging to all of us. We couldn’t do this without them.

TDG: How important is connecting with fans for you? What kind of connection do you have or do you like to have with them?

SoW: SUPER IMPORTANT! We want to know our fans and we want our fans to know us!

TDG: And social media is a big help in your opinion?

SoW: It’s a huge help! Some of our “most dedicated” fans are on Twitter hahaha! We would never have met so many of these awesome people if it hadn’t been for social media.

TDG: What do you do to stand out from all the rest on social media?

SoW: We don’t connect with people online to get just one more or ten more followers/likes. We connect with people online because we want to connect with people and we are genuinely interested in who they are as a person. Hopefully, that’s something that stands out when we get a new follower or follow a new person. One of the first things we do when gaining a new follower is strike up a conversation about what their dreams and aspirations are. We don’t always get a response but when we do it’s awesome!

TDG: What is the biggest misconception people have about you?

SoW: Probably the biggest misconception I’ve seen is that people think we are “big” in the career sense. I guess that comes to an opinion, but we are still just starting out in reality and we have a long way to go before something like a UK tour will be a reality.

TDG: Who is currently on repeat on your iPod or Spotify playlist?

SoW: Oh man, I hope they see this because I’ve literally listened to both of these EPs on repeat for like the last three days straight. (Meaning I’ve listened to nothing else at all) ‘We’ll Explain When We Get There‘ by Calamity Jane and ‘The Spring Tour EP‘ by The Color and Sound. Both AMAZING BANDs! Go check them out.

TDG: What’s the best piece of advice you ever got when you started out and you think it would help other aspiring artists/bands?

SoW: Commit to learning (ask us if you need resources we have a million places to suggest to you.)

Don’t give up, when you fail you’ve just found another way not to succeed. There’s a million of those and only one to succeed, you’ll find it eventually and unfortunately there’s no way to do it but trial and error because it’s different for everyone. (Because your definition of success is different than theirs) You can do this!

TDG: Summer is almost over, but what do you have in store for us this year?

SoW: We are starting a radio campaign so start asking your DJ’s for our music on your radio. And we are going to be writing all throughout September, recording in October and bringing you some cool surprises this winter and spring. Can’t give too much away just yet 😉

TDG: Got any last words of wisdom you wanna lay down on us before we wrap this up?

SoW: Shout out to our fans, family and friends. If you’re reading this, thank you for reading and thank you for supporting us. We couldn’t do this without you. You guys are amazing! We love you all. If you are trying to reach for your own dreams, keep going because it’s important and we believe in you!

Check in with Shadow Of Whales on:
Twitter: @ShadowOfWhales
Facebook: /ShadowOfWhales
iTunes: Shadow Of Whales’ EP ‘Shadow Of Whales’

Rei Kennex – Top Of The Universe
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Fearless pop music, straight out the core of her soul. That was the first thing that popped in my mind when I heard ‘Top Of The Universe‘ for the first time.

And I completely understand why Rei Kennex won the Ukrainian talent show ‘American Chance‘ and recently a music scholarship in New York City, sister got a set of pipes you only can fall in love with!

This sister is one to keep a close eyeball on!…

Check in with Rei Kennex on:
Twitter: @ReiKennex
Instagram: @ReiKennex
Facebook: /ReiKennex
iTunes: Rei Kennex’s single ‘Top Of The Universe’

Lexi Strate – Chances
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Yeah, I know… I suck! This has been sitting on my virtual shelf for too damn long! But since I’m in my music groove today, I wanna share my Sunday mojo with you… An extra feature, ’cause I simply can!

I’ve been eyeballing Canadian singer/songwriter Lexi Strate for some time now. Hell, my friends of Milk Music Co made sure I did! And with ‘Chances‘, I understand why this sister has been getting the awesome radio play in Canada!

It’s a catchy pop track, that will lift your spirits right up, no matter what. And whether you’re young or *cough* lil’ *cough* older like me, sister is right!..
You definitely gotta live a little!

Now be honest! Lexi Strate and me, we did give you some Sunday music mojo with this extra feature, didn’t we?

Check in with Lexi Strate on:
Twitter: @LexiStrate
Facebook: /LexiStrate
iTunes: Lexi Strate’s single ‘Chances’ on iTunes

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