BANGS: Talk about how music has influenced you each individually in your daily living.
Sharone: Musicians seriously don’t get enough credit. Could you imagine a world without music? Really think about it. That idea seems kind of creepy to me honestly. I listen to music while doing just about anything. Including answering this interview. The music I listen to is really based off of whatever mood I’m in.
When it comes to writing, I’m constantly picking up ideas for songs in my day to day life. If I’m in the car and getting in my head, I’ll start singing to myself and record it into my phone, then when I get home, I’ll get behind my piano and bust out a song based on the idea I recorded in the car. My brain is just wired to make music. I couldn’t imagine a life where I didn’t have songwriting as an outlet. It makes coping with the world possible.
BANGS: Where do you each find yourselves listening to music most often?
Sharone: In the car and while working out.
BANGS: What are your favorite brands to use when it comes to the instruments, mics, amps, pedals and soon? Why do you favor them?
Sharone: I’ve been using a wireless Shure 58 microphone for the last few years and am still absolutely in love with it. It’s so easy to use and it gets the job done well. I switched to wireless because with the way that I perform live, I kept getting the cable from the mic either tangled on my boots, or stepping on it, and it had gotten unplugged one too many times during parts I’m supposed to be singing on. A wireless mic has made my life much easier.
As far as keyboards, I’ve been chained to an Allegro Williams II for the last few years. I scored it for only a couple hundred bucks at a Guitar Center on Black Friday a few years back and it’s been doing great things for me ever since. However, in recent months I’ve been wanting to switch brands. I’ve had the opportunity to play a few different Korgs and Yamahas, and I would love to take on one of their products soon. The holidays are coming up if any of my friends really like me, hint hint.
BANGS: Talk about your current project. Its conception. How it evolved. The storyline behind its development or any anecdotes that may have occurred during the writing/recording process?
Sharone: Reflection is my favorite project I’ve completed to date. I guess that will be true for any new project I complete in my life, at least that’s the goal. But this one is particularly special because it’s exactly what I’ve been envisioning for my music to be over the last few years, and on this record, that vision has finally come into fruition.
The meaning behind this album is very true to its name; it’s about self-reflection. I wrote the first song for this album, “Cold”, about a betrayal. I felt very hurt and let down, but I also was made to feel like the bad guy, or in other words, was made to feel very cold. It was after completing that song that I realized that although I know I’m a good person, my pursuit for my art, along with my mental illness, has led me to do and say some not so great things over the last few years. It pushed me to force an idea that I wanted but was never a reality. That idea was only alive in my head and trying to make it a reality in the world, destroyed me as a person. The remainder of this album is about being transparent and apologetic, it’s about love and growth, and about taking ownership for my previous mistakes. The last lines I sing on this album are
“Stare into my eyes again
see the future of my pain
stared into the mirror again
saw the cause of all my pain”and if you were to ask for a short summary of the meaning behind this album, that would be it.
BANGS: Where there any conflicts during the recording process? If so, how did you as a band overcome them?
Sharone: The only conflict my team and I had prior to going into the studio was deciding on tempos for certain songs. I like to include a lot of tempo changes in my songs, and my drummer is usually not too excited about that. We played through so many of the songs thinking we had the tempo set, and then thought “this feels too slow now”. It took a lot of trial and error to find the perfect tempo for most of these songs. No conflicts in the studio occurred, except for realizing that we forget to record two very small guitar solos after celebrating that guitars were done.
BANGS: Is there a particular part you enjoy more than another in the process of a project?
Sharone: My favorite part of any project is the writing process. I love recording too, and bringing my songs to life, but it gets exhausting after a while and feels too much like work. Whereas, when I’m writing, I’m working at my own pace and get to be 100% creative rather than focusing on making everything flawless.
BANGS: How do you know when a song is done and ready to be taken to the recording studio and produced?
Sharone: There’s always that feeling of “hell yes” when my band and I play through a song in a rehearsal that I know it’s ready to go to the studio or the stage.
BANGS: Looking towards the short and long term of where you might be currently- where do you see yourself (yourselves) as an artist/band in 2019 and beyond?
Sharone: I have really high hopes for the release of Reflection. I’m looking forward to taking these songs on the road next year. I’ve thought a lot about what I want to do next musically. I’m torn between making another rock album and going down a different route and making somber gothic pop songs. I guess we’ll wait and see.
“Cold” music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6jJY7pEOws