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INTERVIEW: Shy Beast

Hi MC, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

We’ve been busy! We’re excited to get our new material and our new name out into the world and it takes a lot of work to make that happen. Thanks VENTS for having us and helping us spread the word about SHY BEAST.

Can you talk to us more about your upcoming single “Back With Me”?

This single is a great pop song but it actually has a couple meanings that dig a little deeper than the tone of the song might suggest. On the one hand, it’s a song about relief. It comes from a place of feeling like you don’t have to apologize anymore for being yourself. It also speaks to the idea of relying on your instincts, specifically MY instincts. Whereas I may have deferred to other people’s judgement and advice more often in the past, I am now taking the lead and pursuing my own interests first. Recognizing that you might have an unhealthy balance and correcting it. But if you don’t want to dig that deeply, it’s also just a fun song to dance to. 

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

The song was written after a breakup, but aren’t they all? This song isn’t about a guy. It’s about me. I guess that was the event that caused me to reflect, but it’s really just about an ongoing transformation. 

Any plans to release a video for the single?

YES! It’s finished and ready to go. The single comes out on October 27th, so the video will come out around the same time.

The single comes off your new self-titled EP – what’s the behind the name?

I have a fascination with mystical, adorable creatures that somehow have an awesome and terrible power. Of course you can try and find the similarities to my own personality, which there are some. I am a relatively shy and certainly an awkward person, but there are moments when I come alive, most notably on stage. 

To be honest though, we needed a name, and this one just occurred to me, and so we tried it on, and it fit. 

How was the recording and writing process?

As for writing, the process was interesting because myself, David and Andrew each wrote one of the three songs. It’s funny that after talking about relying on my own instincts, now I am telling you that I was able to lean on my bandmates to make these great contributions. It’s a delicate balance and I have a great group around me.

As with all songs in this group, one person writes, bounces it off another, and then we bring it into rehearsal to see if it sticks and to watch it evolve. There’s a reason I picked these 4 dudes to be in a band with me and it happens in the practice space.

The recording experience was just another aspect of the same process except we invite someone else in to check our work. It’s a pretty standard procedure, except the new relationship with our producer has made all the difference. 

What was it like to work with Danny Reisch and how did relationship develop?

David has known Danny for a few years. In his previous band he was constantly trying to work him but never could line it up. So when we were ready to record, David was quick to suggest that we go down to Good Danny’s studio to give him a try.

Thankfully, Danny perfectly bridges the gap between technical knowledge and good taste. He really has an amazing instinct and we rarely disagreed with his ideas. We knew we had something special when we were able to distance ourselves from the recordings because we had full confidence ,that in his hands, the songs would turn out better than anything we’d done before. It’s such a relief knowing we have him to bring out those extra textures and qualities that our songs are seeking. 

He’s really good at laying down the law in the studio. It is his kingdom and he has an agenda to make the music great too, because it is going to have his name on it. He reels us in when we try to go too far, he tells us no when we have a bad idea, and he does it all without offending anyone or barking orders. Simply put, he is just easy to work with. 

How much did he influence the album?

We’ve got lots of stories from our time in the studio, but perhaps the most telling thing is that we are already back in the studio working with him again on our new songs. His influence is paramount and we trust him to continue shaping us. 

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Well, I think I’ve explained Back with Me as best as I can, but I’d have to leave that question up to David and Andrew for the other songs. 

I can tell you that Andrew conceived of “Forever” after a conversation on the beach when we were in Florida for our drummer Drew’s wedding. He was contemplating on the vastness of the ocean and feeling insignificant, with the hopes that maybe someone out there could make him feel more important in the world.

“For Now” has a less clear meaning, but the lyrics evolve as the song moves forward in a way that shows the subject is learning to appreciate their experiences and how it changes their perspective. Moving from a state of bitterness, to acceptance, to ultimately good will toward the world. 

Any plans to hit the road?

Not at the moment. We are planning our release show on November 17th in our home town of Austin, and working on new material (as always), but currently a tour is in not top of mind, although certainly in the near future.  We play in Austin all the time and do other shows in the region in places like Houston, Waco, San Antonio, etc.

What else is happening next in Shy Beast’s world?

Well, as mentioned, we are already recording our next single called “My Stride” with Danny. There’s always something to work on and a new idea to pursue and we want to keep our momentum going. But our main focus is on this release. We are excited to see what the response will be.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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