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SHADOWS OF A SILHOUETTE

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW SWANWICK BAND SHADOWS OF A SILHOUETTE

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

Nathan lead singer says – The death of David Bowie was profound for me. It woke me up to music and as soon as I picked up a guitar I knew that  I was destined to follow in his footsteps 

Introduce us to the members and your musical history.

The drummer Tyler Henderson- Has been playing drums since he was knee high to a grass hopper. Currently plays in two bands and loves to show off!!

The bassist Fergus Murtagh – Is a closet keyboard player but loves to strum those bass strings. 

Lead guitarist Reece Carter – His musical journey started back in school and music lessons. By chance, he stumbled across Nathan ( lead singer ) playing in the music studios. From that point on they have been joined at the hip where music is concerned. 

Lead guitar and vocals Nathan Brown – Had no interest until the aforementioned tragedy of the death of Bowie. At that point, he was 15 and has not looked back since. Being self-taught on all instruments he has also developed magic with Reece in terms of producing new songs and both are prolific songwriters with over 50 songs to their names already. 

What was life like for you before music?

Boring and mundane. Small towns offer little for creative artists, but coming together as a band has fired our souls and given us life 

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

Too many to mention. We have an eclectic taste in music. Anything from ACDC to Arctic Monkeys, White Stripes and David Bowie

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

We feel that we have developed a strong relationship with a very loyal band of followers. We love playing live and continue to build on our reputation as an energetic live sound, but we now want to take our music to the next level and breakthrough on a national and international level. 

What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry? 

David Bowie said – I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring. 

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you?

Our average age as a band is 23 

We have a gig lined up to play in Paris 

We have applied to play at SXSW in Austin Texas for 2024 

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

To be able to smash the fuck out of these massive corporations such as Spotify who suck the marrow from young artists trying to make a living  

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

No fuck that. We are very real and we love our music. We express ourselves through our lyrics and our sound. Just listen to the lyrics we use. Very real and very personal 

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

Conspiracy theories make you dwell on the wrong things. Why worry about tomorrow? It only serves to take the happiness out of today 

What was the worst experience on stage?

We played at The Angel Microbrewery in Nottingham to an audience of 4 people. Needless to say we got a little drunk before we even got on stage on that occasion. Not good 

Also we played in a tent at a tree planting festival with the rain pouring down and into the tent and we played to a bunch of hay bails while everyone was outside planting trees !!

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

Tyler- He was the youngest person to ever play Rock and Blues festival in Derbyshire 

Fergus – He is an excellent football player 

Reece – He has a law degree 

Nathan – He is a father of a 3-year-old son 

What makes you stand out as a band/artist?

We are authentic and unique. Our lyrics are deeply personal, but also we feel we have a real stage presence and can connect with the audience to create huge energy. 

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

Fortune Favours the Fortunate 

This song is to remind the listener that the rich keep getting richer and that in our day to day lives we are being taken advantage of. It’s a bit of a rallying cry to instil upon people that we have a voice and as a group we can make a change. 

It’s also about the sound of the song with its rhythm and beat, the song is made to be played to a live audience. It has a kick ass drum beat and the guitars deliver the feel-good factor that will get the listener on their feet and out of their seats.  

We want the audience to engage in our performances and through songs like this we hope to move the crowd and get people thinking on an emotional level whilst immersing themselves in the music. 

What was the recording process like?

The music comes first followed by the lyrics. The studio we use is excellent and the recording engineer helps us experiment and dabble. The recording is a necessary evil . Its all about the live performance for us 

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

We continue to learn and grow in terms of what sounds can be achieved in a studio. Our music and lyrics continue to mature as we grow into our journey

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

No one is free, even the birds are chained to the sky. … Take care of all your memories. For you cannot relive them. … All I can do is be me, whoever that is.

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