Saturday, April 12, 2014

Interview with Shane Morkin

Interview with Shane Morkin
 
Gaby: 
Music has many new fans throughout Europe, they may hear about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you make, to someone who has never seen, or heard about you?
 
Shane:
I am basically a sing-song writer who has a story to tell. Depending of which feelings will suit the story I write a melody which often have a catchy tune. Some melodies turns out to be country, some to pop, some to ballads and some as jazz etc. In common I try to 'dress' my music with a touch of retro and with the song as the central part and the instruments for the support of the song.  


Gaby: 
How has been the last year for you? What are the highlights?
 
Shane:
I ended up as No 4 in the Hard Rock rising competition in Copenhagen, two years ago, where I realized that maybe I should let my friends convince me to start recording my music. 


Gaby: 
What is the name of your latest CD and how does it sell?
 
Shane:
It was a single with the title 'Shane Morkin' with 2 tracks on it, which only was used for promotion. It contained an early recording of the song Crazy 'bout You (can only be found on Reverbnation) and the song Jealousy. On my new album I have made a brand new recording of the song Crazy 'bout You, which in my opinion is better than the old one. 


Gaby: 
What made you choose that title for the CD?  Is there a story behind this?
 
Shane:
Crazy 'bout You is a story about some friends who fall in love with each other and one month later they did separate. One week later they were together again. That's not unusual, but in their case this pattern continued for almost 10 years before they realized that they was like a dog and a cat – attracted by each other, but to be united was impossible. In the same way I have been dancing around the decision of recording my music the last 10 years and finally after a lot of pushing from some friends, I made the decision to record the CD.  


Gaby: 
Do you write the songs by yourself? If not, how do you manage to find the perfect songs for your CD?
 
Shane:
All my songs are based on a true story I have been a part of somehow either by being involved or because some friends have share a personal story. So I write approximately 2 new songs by myself every month and has been doing this for several years, and do have a big box just waiting for what should happen. So for me, the perfect song has a true story and a tune which supports the story and is able to touch your senses.
 
Gaby: 
How does your next single look like?
 
Shane:
About October this year I will release a brand new Christmas single, which will be followed up by a new CD at the end of the year.
 
 
Gaby: 
What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and what is the story behind?
 
Shane:
They are heart blood, so that is a difficult question. But a candidate could be 'One More Time' which are based on a story from a friend of mine, who is born in Denmark, but went to US with is parents when he has 6 years old. 40 years later he decided that he wanted to go back to his birth country. His father who was turned 80 years and still living in San Francisco came to visit him one day. The last day before returning home he said; 'Come here boy and give me a big hug, because this is maybe the last time we see are together' – knowing he was too old to travel again and his son couldn't afford to come and visit his parents. So a song about saying goodbye, and wishing that they could stay together. 
 
Gaby: 
How much creative control do you have about your music?
 
Shane:
100% 

Gaby: 
Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your music?
 
Shane:
When I tell the story behind 'Waiting for You', I have seen several who had started crying. The story is based on a young man I know, who was one of the first soldiers in Denmark send to the war in the former republic Yugoslavia. When he returned nobody had ever heard about post traumatic stress, so for that young man, his life turned out to be very difficult and the only thing which helped him was those real friends who had been there all the time just waiting him.  
 
Gaby: 
As an artist, you so many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do you like most, what is your favorite activity?
 
Shane:
My favorite task is when I'm in direct contact with an audience and to get a feedback to my music. 
 
Gaby: 
Are you doing anything to take music beyond his current borders or are you happy how it is?
 
Shane:
For me I'm still trying to make the perfect song without knowing how it looks like. So in that way I'm trying to push my own borders without knowing what it will lead to.  
 
Gaby:  What inspired you to become a songwriter?
 
Shane:
I my childhood my parent always told me when I told that I was bored, that if I didn't know what to do, then make your own story, make a song, do something. So in an age of 7-8 years I wrote my first song – very childish, but still it was my first song and I have been writing since then. 
 
Gaby: 
What is the motor that keeps you going?
 
Shane:
I believe in positive thinking. For me a no mean that I have to find another way. And if you can't change a thing, then either leave it behind or learn to live with it. I believe that if you start to focus on the negative things then it can easily attract other negative things and in that way keep your focus in the wrong direction. 
 
Gaby: 
Any thought of retirement ahead?
 
Shane:
I have a cowboy hidden in my heart. As long as I can ride on a horse, I will ride. 
 
Gaby: 
Many music fans today get their information about artists online. Do you have your own website and what would your fans see there?
 
Shane:
Right now I have decided only to have a FB fan site. And on a social media like FB everybody can contact you, which are good, but time consuming. Yesterday I receive a private message from a young man in Uganda, who told me that he admired that music I had made and he would pray to god to let people know about my music and of course wanted to know a little bit more about me. I really don't know how he did find me, but a direct contact with fans requires a feedback which they can expect to get.
 
Gaby: 
What was your favorite song, that you wished you had recorded?
 
Shane:
When I warm up my voice I sing the song 'Unchained Melody' (from Ghost) which is one of those songs I wish I had written.  


Gaby:
Thank you very much for the time you spared to answer these questions.
If anybody want to know more about Shane Morkin look at

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Gaby Agrikola for Country Music News International

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