Rant: Within Shadows

Rant: Within Shadows

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What’s your earliest musical memory?

Sean – My earliest musical memory is when I was a very small child. It was most likely around the age of 4 or 5. My Dad got me my very first guitar and amp. It was a Fender Strat Mini guitar and a pocket Fender amp. Two very small pieces of musical gear that was more than enough to get me hooked on music. Those two pieces of gear got me to where I am now, with so many pieces of equipment and playing so many different instruments. I used to play alone in my room, slowly teaching myself how to play guitar, also learning songs by ear. I also jammed a lot with my Dad. If it wasn’t for him and his love for music already and giving me the easy access to everything he already had I don’t know what I would’ve done, because music is everything to me.

Jordan – My parents blasting Sabbath and Metallica all through my childhood.

What was the first record you got/bought?

Sean – My first record I ever bought was Destroyer by KISS. They were my favorite band when I was a small little rocker and to this day still one of my favorites. I used to listen to that album on repeat, singing along to it and falling more in love with music with every passing second.

Jordan – When I was 7 years old and got the AC/DC “For Those About to Rock” album.

What is your favourite listening medium and why?

Sean – My favorite listening medium is Spotify. It never was for the longest time until recently when I gave it a try because it was only 99 cents and I began finding it so easy to access all the music I love and also to find brand new bands I’ve never listened to before. The ease of use and the fact that everything is right there on my phone and I just aux chord in my car and everywhere I go makes it the best methods for me to listen to music anytime and anywhere. Before I used to strictly just listen to CD’s, now I do both and buy the CD’s of the albums that I fall in love with the most.

Jordan – Vinyl, CD, sometimes digital (iTunes mostly).

One album you’d like to hear re-recorded/mixed/mastered/done differently?

Sean – Aggressive by Beartooth

Jordan – Bestial Devastation by Sepultura

How much do you listen to your own records?

Sean – I listen to my own songs and records very often. I am always trying to learn and grow as a musician and performer. I feel over the years and project to project I have become better and better. By listening to my own music, critiquing it or even sometimes redoing it all over and re-releasing it can help me enormously in growing in my craft.

Jordan – Here and there I’ll listen to a few of my personal favorites.

Is there a genre/thing that you wish would see a second coming? Is there a combination of sounds/styles you’d like to hear that hasn’t been done yet?

Sean – I’d always like to see the band Attack Attack! Come back and release more music. Their last two albums before they broke up have always been a huge influence on me as a musician. The amount of work they put in, different instruments, song structures and metal genre types they did was amazing. I’d love to see something more from them or to dig up something never released just to hear it. I know it will never happen but it’s just one thing that comes to my mind and I would be so down for.

Jordan – I have an open mind with music. Metal has always been my favorite, but I would love to hear hip hop with real jazz grooves in it again like it was in the late 80s.

How do you feel about the current state of music production/music business?

Sean – I feel the current state of music production and business is very vast and full of variety to experience. The business side of it has become so very tough to compete and also become known, but if you get the right opportunities or work to achieve them, the business can really flourish for you and your band. Music production has advanced extraordinarily over the years and now audio can sound so amazing and work released by a musician can sound super refined and clear which I absolutely love. Striving and working to be a part of this business has always been exciting and mind baffling by the things that you learn and can witness. Technology, music itself and everything about the music industry has become truly fascinating.

Jordan – My personal opinion, I think with free downloading is destroying music day by day, and I see people in bands who are trying to make it in the business downloading free music.

What do you think will be the listening medium/environment in let’s say 10 years from now? Do you think digital will reign supreme or do you think there’ll be a physical medium that will catch up?

Sean – Now ever since digital has become a thing, it will always reign supreme. This is mainly because of the fast, unique, convenient nature of the medium itself. If in 10 years something comes out that is more advanced than what we have now, that will certainly take place of what we have, however, for now what we have works extremely well if I do say so myself. I believe physical medium is always going to play a huge part in music forever. The physical aspect of music has always added a tremendous amount to the whole audio and musical experience. From merchandise, physical music, concerts and more, fans of music with always want something they can hold or own themselves. Physical mediums have been around literally since the beginning of music and will never disappear.

Jordan – Who knows? I hope physicals come back bigger than ever because that’s how I listen to music every day.

Any hot new bands out there we should check out?

Sean – Void of Destruction, Glasslands, Garbageface and Harrows.

Jordan – Garbageface, Angelmaker, Devilz by definition. I can go for days.

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