I had a great phone call with Shawn Adams from Lakeshore. Find out what he had to say.
First off, who are you and what genre of music do you make?
My name is Shawn Adams, I’m the vocalist for Lakeshore, and the genre of music that we make I guess would be a little post-hardcore, little rock. It’s kind of hard to put a cage around yourself. But I think we fit pretty good into the post-hardcore genre. For now.
If you had to describe your music with a color, what would it be?
With a color? Ah, you know what’s funny is each song kind of has a different color. Ben is the guy who wrote a good bit of them and he always assigns a color to it in his head. But for me, I think blue. It’s my favorite.
What’s the biggest struggle you have when it comes to creating?
That’s a tough one. I mean, there’s a few. They change day to day really. Sometimes there’s too much going on in your head and you’re trying to get it all down and you’ve just got a million ideas flying in and out and then sometimes you sit down and try to write and it’s just… Nothing. I think the hardest thing is catching it. Catching it at the right time. Catching that lightning in a bottle.
If you could play any show in the world, what would it be?
Any show… I would go back in time and play Woodstock. You see all the pictures from that and just… ugh. I don’t think there’ll be anything like that. I mean, I hope there will be, but that seems to be the one, you know?
What do you consider your biggest musical success?
Well this, for sure. Everything we’ve been doing so far. We’re playing Warped Tour, and these are our first shows out. I mean, that’s massive. That’s the most success that I’ve had so far and hopefully, it doesn’t stop there.
What inspired you to start making music?
I’ve been playing music since I was just a baby. We had a piano in my grandmother’s side of the house and I would just sit down on that and just play for hours. I didn’t even know what I was doing, but I would sit there, it just called to me. And then one day I came home from school and the piano was gone- our aunts came over and took it- and I just went upstairs and it just destroyed me. It’s always been a part of me. And then I started playing guitar when I was in middle school. And it’s been a massive part of my life. It’s the one thing that I’ve always known that I wanted to do and it’s the one thing that just feels right.
If you could hear any person living or dead sing to you, who would it be?
Oh, man. Living or dead. Ugh, there’s so many. There’s so many. Musician-wise, Freddie Mercury. That dude was the end all be all. He could do everything. But personally, probably my dad. He used to sing all the time and he’s probably why I sing all the time. Just from him being around.
Who, aside from any band or musician, is your biggest influence?
Biggest influence… Definitely, definitely my dad. He was the best dude in the entire world and he always just had nothing but positive things to say. If you were feeling down in the dumps he could come up and just make you feel great. He always inspired me anytime I was feeling like, “Am I doing the right thing? Am I following the right path?” He just always assured me that this was it.
What’s your favorite book?
My favorite book! Ah! Um, that’s a tough one. Growing up I read all of the Harry Potter books, so if you asked me back then I would have been like “Harry Potter. All day”. But now I’m reading Game of Thrones and that- that is incredible. So tough. There’s so many good books out there. I think I’m gonna have to go with Game of Thrones for now, but that’s totally gonna change.
What do you like to do other than music?
I enjoy just hanging out with my dog. I play some video games every now and again, hanging out with family, really music is like 90% of my life. When I’m not doing that I’m just being a regular person, you know?
Who is your favorite musical artist?
Favorite musical artist. That’s another one that changes a lot. I’m a huge, huge fan of Hayley Williams, I’m a huge fan of Anthony Green, all the stuff that those guys did. Kurt Cobain, Freddie Mercury… Those four are pretty much the top of the list for me.
What’s one piece of advice you have for young musicians?
Just keep at it. Don’t give up. I had so many people in school, teachers and stuff, when they ask you what you want to do and tell them that you want to be a musician, you know, they look at you and they’re like, “Well you better have a plan B”, and it’s so wrong to say that to somebody. When you’re trying to develop your passion in your own head when you’re a kid and you’re looking for outward influences, you say you want to be a musician, it always gets kind of shit on. So just stick at it. Don’t ever give up. It might seem like it’s tough now- it’s always gonna be tough, but that’s when that’s when the best music comes out of you. So don’t ever give up.
Lastly, what’s your lucky number?
My lucky number is seven. I was born in July, it’s just one of those numbers that’s always there.
Any last words for the readers?
Thanks for checking us out, I hope that you guys like the music. We’re gonna be hitting the country as hard as we possibly can this summer and if we’re coming to a city near you and you wanna come to a show be sure to stop by and say hey to us. We love meeting new people. We want to meet everybody. So thank you, really.
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