David Shayne plays all the parts in the latest songs for his one-man-band HARBORS. His music is like a soft, pattering rain, providing a gentle backdrop to a work day that demands a steady stream of consistent melody. Part early Rise Against (“Swing Life Away”) meets Goo Goo Dolls (“Slide”), HARBORS is the musical outpouring of a burgeoning LA soul trying to break free from his cage of rust, glass hearts, ghosts, and guns.
During Shayne’s busy schedule, he took the time to discuss his creative process:
These days I release every song I record into the wild. A song doesn’t truly exist if nobody hears it.
Q: Have you encountered many one-man-bands or do you feel like a fledgling doing his own thing?
A: Yeah, I see one-man-bands fairly often these days. With recording programs like Garageband and Pro Tools it’s possible to write and recording everything on your own at home. I love it.
Q: Would you say you’re surrounded by creative people who boost you up and inspire you?
A: To be honest, not really. Haha!
Q: How long have you been writing music?
A: I’ve been writing music for 13 years or so, but I didn’t get serious about songwriting until about six years ago.
Q: In “I Won’t Mind”, for instance, I hear drums, two different guitar riffs, and vocals of course. Are you playing all of these and putting them together in post? Do you use Audacity, by chance, or some other program?
A: The song “I Won’t Mind” and the rest of self-titled album were recorded at a studio in Canada with other musicians on bass, drums, keyboards etc. However, I do play all of the instruments on the newer songs I have online, and yes, I put the separate tracks together in post using Pro Tools.
Q: All of your lyrics are pretty personal, do you think this goes over well with your friends? (I’ve had a bad experience in the beginning of my blogging career where one of my friends asked me to delete one of my blogs, so I was just curious if the same thing happens for musicians, too.)
A: Surprisingly, I’ve never really had friends ask about my lyrics. If they do say something It’s usually just a compliment. They don’t dig too deep.
Q: On your Bandcamp page, you have your last album as published in 2011, are you planning on producing another full-length CD sometime soon?
A: Yes! I’m currently working on a new album! I don’t have a release date yet. My last album was recorded in 2011 and released in 2012. I’m not on a label so it took awhile for people to notice it.
Q: Then there’s harborsmusic.com, with new songs like “Rust” and “Daggers”. Did you create those last year?
A: I think I wrote “Rust” two years ago, but i recently re-recorded the demo and changed it a bit. “Daggers” was written 8 months ago. Those two songs might end up on the new album.
Q: What’s your decisionmaker, as far as knowing what to release into the wild and which songs to keep sacred?
A: These days I release every song I record into the wild. A song doesn’t truly exist if nobody hears it.
Listen to HARBORS online now, on his official website and on Patreon.com: