Interview: Shy-Anne

Published on September 4th, 2012 | Jonny Abrams

Ontario singer/songwriter Shy-Anne recently released her third album Interwoven Roots, so Rocksucker fired her over some questions to find out a little bit more about how she operates. First, though, check out this tender cut from the new LP…

What’s the line-up of your band?

Dave Angel: Bass
Justin Sillman: Electric Guitar
Josh Hogan: Drums (occasionally back-ups)

How would you describe your music, if pushed?

My third album has a country feel, and is often message driven. I have often experimented in pop and rock and folk. I try to incorporate some Aboriginal techniques with flutes, chants, the drumming patterns and traditional values/stories.

Where are you based, and what do you use to record with?

I’m based just outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. I recorded at County Q Studios in Nashville, TN.

Is there a full album in the works? If so, what can you tell us about it? (Feel free to be as abstract as you like…)

I just released my third album a couple months ago, so I will wait at least six months-a year before I start thinking about a third album. I have written some new material already, but still recovering from third album release as far as logistics go. But I for sure wont to do a fourth.

Where can we hear your music online?

Which have been your most exciting gigs and/or overall moments so far?

There have been many tours, very cool shows. I have had thousands of shows in the last few years. Here are SOME of the really cool ones:

-music awards (2009)
-200 year anniversary of the War of 1812 (2012)
-National Aboriginal Day Aboriginal Showcase in the Nations Capital (Ottawa) (2011)
-G-8 Summit opening act (2010)
-Indigenous Showcase with Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (2010)
-Breakfast Television in Toronto (January 2012)

Got any more coming up? (Gigs, that is…)

Another music awards in November, and two tours with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra featuring all of my music. And many more in between and more under negotiation, some solo, some symphony and some full band.

Are there any obscure and/or up-and-coming acts that you’d like to recommend or give a shout-out to?

Buffy St. Marie!!!!!!

Finally, if you were forced to spend the rest of your days in solitary confinement, but were allowed to bring the entire works of five different musical artists along to tide you over, whose would you choose?

The Beatles, Adele, Michael Jackson, Broken Social Scene and Neil Young.

Shy-Anne, thank you.

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Editor of Rocksucker and the website's founder, Jonny is passionate about the music he listens to, both good and bad, as well as interviewing his favourite musicians.

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