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INTERVIEW: The Soul Shakers

Q: Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

 Brett: I’ve been Great! Rocknrolling and busy 

Q: Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Here To Have A Good Time”?

 Brett: Well, we just released the video in Sept, and it seems like people are really digging it.  The video and song kind of speak for themselves…Just some straight up, old-school, feel-good rock.  This release really shows you our fun side–we want everyone to come together, shake their stuff around, and have a blast.  

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

 Brett: The song was first inspired by a New Year’s Eve party I was at the year Elias and I starting working together….I was playing guitar, we were tossing song ideas around, and someone suggested “a song about a good time.” I thought that was simple enough and a fun concept at the time and ran with it. From there it took on a life of its own.

 Q: How was the film experience?

 Brett: So much fun. A lot of the people and places featured in the video represented real characters and settings from our lives and the song. From the car we borrowed, the girls we had on set, to the Sunset Strip and this bar called The Overpass–it was as real as it gets. And working with Shane Drake was a privilege and experience in and of itself. 

 Q:The single comes off your new album – How was the recording and writing process?

 Brett: That part was actually pretty easy. Once you get Elias and I into a room together, there’s no stopping whatever concept we’re writing within the moment. Whether he comes in with the idea or I do, the music just starts to manifest itself. And once we’re in the studio, the recording process is just an extension of the songwriting.

 Q: What was it like to work with Dan Malsch and how did that relationship develop?

 Brett: Dan was our saving grace most of the time. I got his name originally from Ross Hogarth in LA–he was too busy with bands like Van Halen to take us on himself. Finding Soundmine Studios and getting to know the way that Dan works and his contributions to so many bands gave us a setting for the writing to come to life. Hooking us up with badass musicians like Chuck Treece or always carving out time for us to mix, master, and engineer made the album what it is.

 Q: How much did he get to influence the album?

 Brett: Dan was the right producer for us. E and I like to have some measure of control over the production process, and Dan has a way of letting you be you. Like he would say, “When it’s a good song, it’s a good song–all you need to do is get it down.” But when we needed input, he knew the right thing to say.

 Q: What role did Philly play on this record?

 Brett: Philly’s where I’m from, so being able to record so near felt comfortable.

 Q: How much did Nashville influence your music?

 Brett: We came to Nashville from LA with nearly everything written. Nashville gave us an environment to work with some of the best musicians in the world, including our other producer, Grant Goddard. It was the environment we needed to bolster a bluesy, rootsy sound.

 Q: What aspect of rock did you get to explore on this record?

 Brett: All of them. Each song plays a part in exploring the whole spectrum of rock and roll. But we’re not trying to reinvent the wheel–we’re talking about relatable things  like being in love, having a broken heart, being down-and-out, and being high as the sky.

 Q: Any plans to hit the road?

 Brett: Yes. As soon as we put together the right tour and release this record, we’ll be in a city near you! Stay tuned tothesoulshakersmusic.com and our social media.

 Q: What else is happening next in The Soul Shakers’ world?

 Brett: Doing lots of interviews right now promoting the single and working on a tour. We will be playing some gigs in Nashville, like the High Watt on January 7th with some great local acts and a couple before then that are tba. We will also be at the Winter NAMM Show in January hanging out and we seriously can’t wait to see you all on the road!

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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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