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INTERVIEW: C. Shirock

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Hi Chuck, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thank you! I’ve been very well – excited to have new music out!  I’m writing from LA, and will be heading back to Nashville next week.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Water to Sea”?
“Water to Sea” is the first single from my new project, C.SHIROCK – feels amazing to have it out!  It was written mostly last fall – I worked with my brother, Scott Shirock on this one.  He’s an incredible producer, drummer, and programmer also based in Nashville.  This was the first track that we’d really ever worked on together.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
This song was written out of end of a relationship – partly about the confusion and unknown as things begin to unravel – the fear in letting go of things lost and things hoped for, and ultimately the realization that as water is always moving toward the sea, we are always moving right where we are meant to be.  And really it’s out of our control…that’s been a hard lesson for me to learn.  That in letting go, we are really in the best place we can be.  My Dad made a beautiful addition to the lyrical metaphor – that when water moves to sea, sometimes it has to pass through mountains and valleys, meadows and forests.  That rang very true for me.

Any plans to release a video for the single?
We are doing a video for the single!  I can’t wait to have it finished and share… We have a series of singles coming out, and we’re planning on doing a video for each one leading up to the release in November.

How was the recording and writing process?
This song came in two phases – I wrote the opening lines, and the basic guitar part about a year and a half ago, and then left it…at the time I didn’t know what it was, and I just held onto it, periodically revisiting it.   Last fall I had written a poem called “Ruins of Detroit” that had some imagery in it that really felt powerful to me.  I remember picking up a guitar, and singing some of the lines from the poem, and “Water to Sea” began taking shape…from there it happened pretty quickly.  The recording process was an incredible experience – I loved working with my brother on it – it started off a little slow, and both of us went in and out of feeling frustrated with the form and direction for the song, but as the pieces began to fall into place we felt we ended up with something pretty special – and a song that helped set a new direction and tone for my music.

Would this new project be a follow up or total departure from your previous musical endeavors?
This new project feels like an evolution of my previous work with SHIROCK.  When I was launching with the new C.SHIROCK name, there was a lot of discussion if we should rename the project, or keep SHIROCK.  Ultimately it felt like the best decision to open this chapter with a clean slate to some degree, and have a clear line when SHIROCK ended, and C.SHIROCK began.  I will always play some of the SHIROCK music – I view it as one body of work along with my new material.  My writing as SHIROCK was very personal and often autobiographical…this new work feels like the continuation of that, but with all of the layers stripped away.  I think it’s been distilled more…the sound has evolved, and hopefully matured, but the writing and voice behind it remains the same.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Absolutely!  “Water to Sea” is the first in a series of 5 singles that will be leading up to a larger release this fall.  All of the singles are finished – with each song, we’re releasing remixes with different DJ’s, and also alternate versions.  Some with piano and strings, some just guitar vocal…and we’re planning on videos for each song.  It feels like it’s all coming together – can’t wait to share!

Any plans to hit the road?
We’ve just started talking about touring, but it most likely won’t happen until early next year…but there will be some select shows/event this fall.  I can’t wait to perform this new music!  I’m already imagining the live show…performing is one of my favorite things, and something I’ve been missing so much.

What else is happening next in C. Shirock’s world?
I’m currently splitting time between Nashville and Los Angeles, working on the music videos for these singles, and writing new material for the next release.  I’m also planning some trips this fall to Peru, Mexico, etc.  I grew up overseas and find so much inspiration in different cultures and in hearing people’s stories – I’m very passionate about social causes, and am really interested in learning more about things going on in these places.  Some organizations and brands that I’ve worked with in the past work in Central/South America, and I’m hoping to make the trip in the next two months.  There’s also some fashion partnership stuff in the works that I’m excited about – I’ve always loved fashion, and finding ways to blur the lines between art, music and fashion is something I’m really into.  And new music!

Check out the single “Water to Sea” here

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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