Could you introduce yourself?
Hi! My mom calls me Brandon, but I go by SHEARE when I do the music thing.
What's the story behind the name?
My last name is actually Sheer. I was working with a producer/mixer called Spike Stent when I was in college and his wife-ager (wife/manager) had actually suggested I go by my last name, but I didn’t like the double “ee” so I thought it looked cooler as SHEARE in all caps.
What’s your life philosophy? How do you try to apply that to your work?
I don’t know that I have a singular philosophy about life, I just try to be a good person and hope that it comes back around in my career.
How would you describe your style? Do you feel like it reflects you?
I’d describe my style as slightly androgynous, and definitely not subtle. I think my style definitely reflects who I am, I’m not sure what I’d do if I woke up one day and decided to wear salmon colored shorts and boat shoes. Probably just give up haha.
What are a few tips for other artists that might be reading this?
I would just tell other artists to not get hung up with what other people think about you. It’s hard because our entire careers basically revolve around the validation from others, but I think it’s so important to just keep going and not give up because I don’t actually think the music industry knows what will work and what wont. There are just too many successful artists who were written off early in their careers.
Could you tell us about, 'R I P', what was the motivation behind the work?
‘R I P’ is about being nostalgic towards a relationship that no longer exists. Nostalgia is a tricky emotion because it’s so easy to get sucked into it that often it’s hard to move forward from it.
Your forthcoming EP, 'TURBULENCE', could you walk us through the development and creative process of the finished project?
I usually start with building a track in Logic. I listen to the first draft of the instrumental for a couple of days and then start humming melodies and singing lyrical gibberish. Usually the track dictates the mood and emotion of the subject matter I’m going to write about. I knew this EP was going about one particular subject matter, so it was a little easier to have a sense of the tones of the tracks prior to starting to build them.
What's it like to perform live? Could you describe to us your unique feelings when playing for a crowd?
I love playing live. The time leading up to a performance I find super stressful, but once I’m physically on stage and there’s an audience who are genuinely interested in what I’m saying through my music, there’s no better feeling.
Could you tell us about your favorite tracks you've created? Why is it still your favorite to this day?
A song called “Fences” from the EP might be one of my favorites. I had a lot of fun playing the guitar parts and making them a focal point which I don’t often do in my tracks.
Do you have any rituals you do before you start your creative process for a new project, to get your mind and energy in the right place?
Not so much a ritual, but I often go on walks around my neighborhood if I feel uninspired. Inspiration kind of hits me like lightning at odd hours, so I never quite know when it will come to me.
What’s a typical day for you?
It kind of depends, but I usually get up, answer emails, shower, sometimes not shower and start working on music.
Coffee or tea?
I do love my coffee but sadly I can’t drink it when I have to sing a lot because it’s so drying and acidic. So half and half.
What are some of your goals for 2017?
I’d love to release another batch of singles before 2018 and just keep the momentum that I’ve built going.
What makes you happy?
I think the fact that I’m able to make music and have anyone care enough to listen to it is still such an amazing thing to me. That makes me beyond happy.