Can you talk to us more about your latest single “The Light in You”?
“The Light in You” just started as a guitar rift that lingered in my head for a while. I actually wrote the whole song in the studio while I was upstate recording a handful of other songs. Simone had heard me playing it around the studio and wanted to turn it into a song just as bad as I did. I wrote it the morning of our last day in the studio. I guess I just needed a little inspiration from the mountains for that particular track.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Yeah – it sounds typical, but I was inspired by a breakup that I was going through at the time. The song is about a man, I guess me, whose down in the dumps and exhausted from all aspects of everyday life. But that one moment he gets when he comes home from a long day and sees his loved one laying on the bed, all his worries kind of slowly fade away. So I was kind of seeking for something when I was writing this. I was writing about something I wanted to feel again, and using past feelings, emotions, and memories to help guide me in the process. Hey – love’s a great thing, and it’s great for writing.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
That could definitely be a thing – it’s been a topic of discussion lately. I’ve been thinking of doing a cool live acoustic video for it as well, so we’ll just see what happens.
How was the recording and writing process?
Since I wrote “The Light in You” on the last day of our recording session, we ended up just recording the main guitar and vocal track and then I took it home with me and sat on it for a while. I ended up layering tracks on top of it in my home studio in NY, and made a handful of different versions of the song. This release is the stripped back version. It just felt right and still had a natural vibe to it for what I was trying to do. There definitely will be a sick full band version of it coming in the near future hopefully.
What’s been like to work with Simone Felice and how did that relationship develop?
Working with Simone was great. He’s an amazing poet and person all around. It was a lot of fun digging into the tracks with him and talking about the meaning behind each lyric. It was pretty fresh coming off his record with The Lumineers, so that record really inspired this track and I think that definitely must have affected me sub-consciously while I was writing it, knowing that The Lumineers were with the same producer doing the same thing in that same space. I think Vance Joy was there a week or so before me too, and I guess he stayed in the same room I did there on the compound so overall, it was a very inspiring session up in the mountains. And Pete Hanlon, his engineer, is phenomenal.
What did you learn from your time on Berklee that you are putting in action on your career now?
While I don’t use a ton of what I learned there in my work, the thing I’ll always remember and use in my writing are the critiques I got from the heads of the songwriting department. I would go always go to office hours to show them my music and get their advice, then record more songs and have the process repeat. I learned a lot from some great professors outside of just the classroom.
What role does NYC play in your music?
NYC is a busy city and totally different than Columbus, Ohio. There is a lot inspiration out here and lot of creative, inspiring people as well. There are also a lot of great artists that either started here or currently live here, and all of those things make it easy to find that “inspiration.” I’ve learned that you have to be aware of your present life and take it all in so you can later let it all out on paper.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along? Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Definitely. I’m hoping to release another single here in the near future. I’m always writing and I have a few songs in particular that I’m working and really into. But I also have some great songs already recorded, I just have to make the right moves and see which song wants to be heard by the world next.
Any plans to hit the road?
I’ve been playing a ton of shows all around NYC, and will most definitely be continuing that, but I’ve been thinking about planning a tour around the east coast, possibly this summer. I also want to hit Nashville, and a few other music cities like Los Angeles and Austin. I’ll be back in my hometown of Columbus, Ohio the first Saturday of June playing the Zoofari concert, so I’m pretty excited for that. Playing at the zoo for 30,000 people – that should be lit.
What else is happening next in Shane Weisman’s world?
What’s happening next? Well, hopefully something good. I’m putting out new music, playing more shows, and really showing the world what Shane Weisman is all about. I’m excited to see the public’s response and I’m a fan of good news – I’m always working towards hearing some more.