RGM Introducing – Shader

Last year we worked with a class new band, SHADER just before they headlined the RGM Stage at Macc fest, a year or so has passed and they have a brand new single and video for Be My Saviour so we thought we would catch up with them and see how things are going. Enjoy!

Frontman Stu Whiston Tells us what’s what.

Hiya lads take a seat, we are really enjoying watching you progress as a band since our last chat if people didn’t read our last interview introduce us all to Shader how did the band get together?

Hello, Mike (Lead Guitar), Daz (Bass) and myself have been friends since we were kids. We’ve played in a covers band together learning our instruments when we were kids then went our separate ways starting different bands before eventually coming back together. We found Tom (Drums) through a mutual friend who told us about a drummer doing a mega drum cover of a Catfish & the Bottlemen song. We watched it and asked him to join us on the mission.

Do you feel like you are progressing through the industry nicely since our last chat?

I think as a unit we are stronger than ever which is number one the most important factor for a band to survive the music industry. Our songs have instantly got better since Tom joined and there’s a real positive energy to our performances. The new single is a massive step up in production and sound for the band. In terms of progress within the music industry, there’s a feeling within the Shader camp that we’re a ticking time-bomb waiting to explode. We believe 100% in our songs. 

People are unaware of just how tough the music industry is to break through, how do you stay motivated?

We keep writing songs. A great tune is a bands collateral. One song can break down the doors for a band.  The excitement when a new tune is finished in the studio or rehearsal room is what keeps us positive and motivated. 

Is there enough support out there for new artists?

Yes. For us personally, we’ve been lucky enough to have had BBC Introducing play our music, Kendal Calling invited us to play and we’ve shared the stage with some really good bands. There’s definitely plenty of people who wanna help an up and coming band out that’s for sure. I think if you’re a good band/artist and you work hard, people will respond to that in a positive way and help you out.  

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

Playing Kendal Calling was pretty cool. Massive PA. Then we got escorted back to the campsite with our gear by a golf buggy.  

What was the worst experience on stage?

Not really on-stage but after the Kendal Calling gig. Daz’s bass fell off the golf buggy and nobody noticed. We spent the next 2 hours retracing our steps before someone rang us and told us they’d found it 20 meters from our campsite.

Tell us something about each member yourself that you think people would be surprised about? 

Once Mike, Daz and I met Liam Gallagher in London. He invited us to his local and we got smashed with him. We have the photo’s to prove it too. Oh and Tom can do a running flip. Check out the video for our new single to see him in action. 

What’s your biggest achievement as a band?

The new single ‘Be My Saviour’. Massive.

Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
Love Island. 

Tell me about your new single Be My Saviour and how it came about?

Be My Saviour is a song inspired by the after effects of social media. There seems to me, to be a recurring feeling of desperation, panic and anxiety at the moment that stems from over observing and participating in social media. The lyric “Looking for some soul falling on my feet. Like a shopping trolley on a pebble beach” literally were the first word’s that came to mind. That’s a metaphor for the juxtaposition of the perfect picture people paint of their lives on social media against the reality of the image they’re trying portray. In the chorus, there’s a plea for help from whoever you believe in. Your god, a friend, a lover, your pet or even your favourite footballer. 

What’s coming up in 2020 for the band?

We’ve already recorded the next single after ‘Be My Saviour’. That’s gonna be out in May. We headline THIS FEELING at The Underground in Stoke on March 21st and are gonna be doing some more THIS FEELING shows around the UK. Lots more gigs and new music coming up this year. 

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