Interviews: Shakeout


In this new occassion we have had the opportunity to interview the  Alternative Rock band Shakeout, from USA. Check out this band and give them a like on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1.Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

Shakeout actually started as a solo acoustic project when I was in my senior year of college. I was going through a lot of changes and felt like I needed to reorganize a lot of aspects of my life. A “shakeout” is essentially a reorganization of a business or organization. I took some time away from the project for about two years, but when we started playing together, I was feeling a lot of the same feelings of needing a change, so we decided to use the name. Also, just thought it sounded rad.

2.Why did you want to play this genre?

If you listen through our EP’s, our sound is a bit all over the place, which is something I feel like I have always done with other projects as well. I like to take inspiration from whatever it is I’m listening to, however I have zero filter when it comes to my music taste, so I tend to take this inspiration from a lot of different places. We are often labeled as an “alt rock” band, but I feel like that’s the label that’s put on any band that is trying to push some boundaries within rock music.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

We’ve been buds since the ninth grade. We used to play in a band together in high school that essentially ended right after we graduated. In college we both played in bands that would play shows together quite a bit, but after college when those projects simmered down a bit we decided to start playing and writing together again.

4. Each band member favourite band?

A.J. Chiarella - This is a tough one, but one of my biggest musical inspirations is Bayside.

A.J. Kay - It's hard to narrow it down but if I had to choose 5 it would probably be DMX, Big Tymers, Keith Ape, Pantera, and One of the MF Doom imposters that took his place during a live show.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

I get inspired by life experiences in general. These experiences can be anything from a band or artist that I saw or heard to something that I am dealing with in my personal life. I try to connect everything back to where I feel I am at that point in time in my life. My lyrics tend to get pretty personal a lot of the time.

6. Where was your last gig?

Last show we played was the LAUNCH Music Conference in Lancaster, PA which was a lot of fun and a great learning experience overall. We’re a new band, we’ve only been playing shows with this project for about a year, so it was a cool to be a part of that. I’m on the road currently with another band I play in called American Pinup, but we plan on playing a lot more when I get back.

7. Where would you like to play?

We are looking to travel a bunch in the coming months and beyond. Overall, a goal of mine personally is to be able to play internationally at some point in the near future. That’s something I have yet to cross off the bucket list. Shakeout, however, is pretty much stoked to just get out and play wherever anyone will have us.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

We love playing shows with friends and like-minded people that are out playing music for the right reasons. So, really anyone who is out there doing what they love because they love it. But, if we ever got to play a show with KISS, I’d be beyond hyped haha.

9. Whom not?

No poseurs (lol).

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

We’ve both been in bands for a long time, so I don’t get super nervous about much anymore, but the first few shows for this project were a little nerve wracking since I have a lot of responsibility with my pedalboard. Since we are a live looping project, a lot of timing is required to keep our songs/set flowing smoothly. But, the best advice I’d have is to just keep doing it. The more you do something, the more comfortable it becomes.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

As I said before, I’m inspired by a lot of different bands/artists, but Bayside is a big one for me. I always loved the fact that the songwriting comes first and the idea of building off of something simple to create something more intricate.

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

A.J. Kay (our drummer) asks me for a lot weirder things than anyone else, but we won’t get too much into the specifics of that haha.

13. What do you think of your fans?

We appreciate the support of anyone that has helped us in any way. When you’re a smaller band it’s often hard to gauge whether you have “fans” or just really good friends, but regardless we love that anyone is paying attention to what we’re doing at all.

14. What do you think of our site?

Love the layout, but also just love anyone who is out there supporting smaller artists. It really means the world.

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