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SHINE

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW SHINE, WHAT HAPPENED?

Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat. …

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

I didn’t, a very close friend did it for me.  I was first approached because I looked the part but couldn’t play a note, not even chop sticks, but I learnt very quickly. Music was for me, started with the Bass and progressed from there.

Introduce us to all to the members and your musical history.

Andy Early: Vocals / Soulbands, Modbands, Bedroom, Garage Music.

Dylan Clarke: Bass / session player and world music musician.

Jem Harris Drums: trained in the forces, rock and jazz drummer.

Steve McCleery:  Fender Rhodes / natural born jazz pianist.

Neil Prosser: Percussion /clubland percussionist.

Toby Vane: Dj / Clubland DJ breaks and beats.

What was life like for you before music? 

Music is life, without it you’re part of the audience.. That’s not a bad thing but it’s nowhere near as much fun!

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

My Generation / The Who.

Green Onions / Booker T and the MGS.

Start /The Jam… please pick one of these because I can’t!

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

Somewhere within the realms of the Modernist global mod Soul and Jazz community.. Everything we do tips it’s hat with nothing but admiration and respect to African American Soul, Jazz and Blues music.

Whats the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry? 

Be true to yourself, but adhering to traditional songwriting values really helps! Man that shit goes straight to the radio..

Tell us two truths and a lie about you.

I never lie. 

I’m liberal with the truth.

I get a different haircut every week.

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

A manager that’s not controlled by AI and is not genetically modified.

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss…

Not at all, my songwriting deals with my own take on life, personal experiences etc. 

It’s not a reflection on society, so there is nothing that could possibly antagonize anybody else.. They’re all exorcisms, realizations and songs about solid bonds, friendships that last a lifetime, and unfortunately other things that don’t, that sort of thing. 

If anything you would have to really misinterpret the lyrics to be offended.. For example, “All I see is Madness, lack of love and no sign of God!”, that’s not really difficult to comprehend, is it? As World War Three looms..

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not why not?

Absolutely not, I’ve already got a hobby.

What was the worst experience on stage? 

There are no bad experiences on a stage. It’s my favorite place in the world, but I did take some acid once – I don’t recommend it! It’s really hard to play guitar when your hands turn into bananas.

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

Steve is no longer with us and we dedicate this album to him..

Dylan is Welsh.

Neil is probably the most intelligent man I have ever met.

Jem is ex forces and speaks Japanese.

Toby is a really good songwriter.

What makes you stand out as a band?

We always iron our shirts before we play.

I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it?

PRESAVE HERE

It’s in a very similar vein with a definite tip of the hat to Soul, Jazz and Blues music. I think all the influences really stand out in the new stuff,  I’ve never had a problem emulating the people that have influenced me in my life.

What was the recording process like?

For me it was a healing process and an education.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

An introduction to co/writing, an absolute godsend,  highly recommend it to anybody. Bouncing ideas off somebody you know love and trust with songs is a completely different experience.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Nothing.

PRESAVE THE NEW ALBUM HERE OUT 9TH FEB 2024

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