Shaney Poo - 10 Questions Music Interview
Shane Alexander aka Shaney Poo is a Haitian-American artist, producer and performer from Boston, MA. His stage name is his childhood nickname given to him by his family. He makes music that reflects his culture, life experiences and imagination. He spent his early teens throwing dance-hall house parties with his friends as part of the crew the "Aristokratz," while writing music as a teen to express himself. In college, he recorded music with his friends for fun and quickly fell in love with his craft. That same summer, he bought his first recording studio and began his journey. His sound and style stem from growing up in the multi-cultural city of Boston. He's inspired by all genres of music including but not limited to rap, dancehall, kompa, pop, zouk, R&B, rock, and house. He soon formed B.L.A.C (Becuz Love Always Conquers) Pop in 2015, which serves as a record label and incubator. In 2015, he released "Touch by An Angel," a six song project which includes music videos "Been Lovin U," and "Girl Next Door." In 2017, he moved to New Jersey then to New York City. During that time, he wrote and produced the song "Goldmine," which was followed by a dance choreographed music video. Producing "Goldmine" marked a new sonic turning point. In 2018, he released Club SHANE, a 5 song concept EP he recorded back in 2016. The beats for the project were all produced by K.E on the Track. He spent the next years, traveling, performing, releasing music and acting in short films. Shaney Poo stays involved with the local art scene in Boston whether it was putting together events, art exhibitions or community gatherings. His latest music video is "Pretty Brown Eyes."
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I was always an artist but I started writing music around the age 13. At the time it was just a hobby, a new way to express my imagination. Growing up I sang in the church choir, I think thats where I got alot of my influence from. But many years later I met a musician named Sleep Walker in college. He was making music and doing shows on campus. I was inspired so I started writing again and recording with my friends. I knew music became something special for me, it was all I would think about. From there I built my own studio and crafted my own path.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Next Question lol
What has been the high point of your music path?
I don't feel like I've reached a high point yet, I have so much more to do before I can say that. But what I do enjoy is seeing the reaction of the people who enjoy and support my work, that means a lot to me. That type of feeling may never get old.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Songwriting is very spontaneous. There are moments where you can schedule time and get work done but most of of time it comes when you least expect it. For me, ideas can fly through your mind all day and night, its all about what you do with them. I like to just play the music and let the rest take it's course.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
What the industry chooses to do is what the industry chooses to do. I'm more about "do it yourself" especially if nobody will do it for you. I feel like each independent artist faces different challenges, its about recognizing what they are. For me, I've been a "one man band" for years and I've always collaborated with other talented people. At times it's difficult but I'm up for challenge. I can envision artists establishing organization that we can use to uplift ourselves, that would be amazing.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
I have no idea, I never thought of something like that. Probably any musician with knowledge and wisdom I can learn form and someone with a great live band. I would just soak up game and make the best of the moment.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I love rehearsing for shows, I learn something new every time and they're fun. The best way to prepare is also to rest, as long as you're confident and you know your stuff, it should be first nature to you. I enjoy the idea of using a live band too, thats something I really love.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Most likely it's an unreleased song, a lot of songs are simple once you get the rhythm going. I tend to trust my instincts more than anything, I honestly don't think too much during the process, I just let it flow.
What's coming up in the future?
More, More and More. I'm working on all types of projects for the present and future.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
Check me out at www.shaneypoo.com. All my music videos are on my YouTube channel just search up my name. Buy my music at https://shaneypoo.bandcamp.com. And all my songs you can stream on all platforms.
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