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Interview: with Shadows Like Strangers

We went and caught up with Shadows Like Strangers on the set of their new video Leave Me In The Shadow! Shadows Like Strangers are a local Nottingham band with a hard hitting sound, taking influences from band like Linkin Park & While She Sleeps. The band have been working with Stu Richardson (Kerrang Album Of The Year 2015), Grant Berry (Mastering engineer for All Time Low, While She Sleeps & Tom Sykes (Dropdead) on developing their sound and image.

We sat down and had a chat with lead singer Jezza.

So hey Jezza, I’m going to head straight into the questions here:

What first got you into music?
My mother got me started really. I was playing the piano at 6 years old i think.
She was almost completely deaf so she actively encouraged me to listen to and perform music.

Who inspired you to make music?
When i was younger me and my step brothers used to listen to Linkin Park, P.O.D + “A” like all the time when we drove to different skate parks. They used to get home and crack up their amps and just shred away and i’d get so jealous. I started writing literally the day i got my first guitar (14y/o) – playing other peoples music has never been enough for me.

How would you describe the music that you typically create?
I can’t! I like create across all genres but it has to have “feel”.
So you can imagine when it comes to Shadows Like Strangers i’m really selective about what we release – even if the genre does shift a little.

What is your creative process like?
I don’t have a set process, i guess alot of the time i’ll say something that sounds lyric worthy and rush to my home studio or i’ll hear a cool sound and will be desperately trying to work out how to emulate that with synths or guitar effects.

Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Bring Me The Horizon without question. They an awesome band with a great attitude towards making exciting and groundbreaking music.

If you could open a show for any artist who would it be?
Again it would be BMTH. I’m just a massive fan boy and i know me and the boys could tailor the perfect set to open for them.

What is one message you would give to your fans?
Stay safe, stay in doors, listen to good music!

What is the most useless talent you have?
So far? Being a songwriter 😉

Do you sing in the shower? What songs?
Only when i’m trying out new melodies or I’ve woken up in an amazing mood. (not very often at all then haha)

What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
Probably a successful letting agent.

Filmed by Loki Films

Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
I’ve played in some dives but i don’t have a least favourite venue, that’s often where the funniest shit happens! Yeah we’re headlining at The Bodega on July 11th and then supporting our mates Lacey on July 24th – Covid 19 has led to a tonne of rescheduling as you can imagine so fingers crossed these events go ahead.

How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
It’s made it more accessible and in-turn more competitive. Budding new artists have to learn both the music industry, internet marketing and making good music seems to come last from what i’ve been hearing…

What is your favourite song to perform?
Leave Me In The Shadow or Dead Happy.

Which famous musicians do you admire?
Paul Meany from Mutemath, Oli Sykes from Bring Me the Horizon, Stu Richardson from No Devotion + Pharrell. Oh and Chester Bennington, RIP chester!

What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
Knocked a guy out cold because he cracked me with a bottle. I can’t go into it.

What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Always be ready to learn!

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
I wouldn’t even know where to start!

What’s next for you?
We’re in and out of the studio working on new music, we had some great feedback at our music video premiere for Leave Me In The Shadow where we showcased some new content, so we’re putting a tonne of effort to get that released this year.

What has the recent pandemic done to your current plans as a band?
It’s pretty much put everything on hold, which is hugely frustrating. We spent much of 2019 planning for this year and everything got scuppered within 3 months.
So many of our friends have had to come back from European and US tours so we’re kinda grateful that we haven’t reached that level yet, it must have been a nightmare. That’s something to look forward in a way, we’ve always thrived under pressure as it happens.

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Words by Rebecca Marshall


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