VQDM: The name has a magical element to it, where did it derive from and does it have special meaning?
SH: Music is the easiest way to tap into that mystical world. It can change a mood or intensify one we're already feeling. It's a remnant of a primal world. The name just kind of reflects that for us.
VQDM: Since the beginning of the band has there been one writer for the lyrical content or has it been a group effort?
SH: Lyrics have always been my contribution to the songwriting process. Just like a guitarist contributes a riff or the drummer sets the groove. It's just more believable, i think, to write whatever it is you're trying to sing about.
VQDM: The popularity of your songs recently through clear channel radio as well as YouTube and social media has been increasingly positive. How do you feel about the choices that the industry has as far as what they want to play to the masses?
SH: We always make sure our 2 cents are heard before releasing a single. In the end the artist is responsible for how they are portrayed ultimately. That way if it all goes to hell we can blame ourselves haha.
VQDM: Being from Jefferson City Missouri, how do you feel about where the band came from and where you are today?
SH: Coming from a small town the way we did helped shape us. It's probably the main caveat for our songs. It's also given us a work ethic I think wouldn't exist without that background. Growing up learning construction and the like to support our families.
VQDM: The album "Shine" was independently released, would you have done it differently or are you happy with the results and where it has landed?
SH:Doing it on our own was what we needed. We learned a lot about what it takes to work a single and how to cut through the bullshit the industry feeds you. How to tour on your own terms and most importantly how to say no. Like "No i dont think doing a photo shoot wearing straw hats, bib overalls, and holding a chicken would be best for our career" Goofy shit like that.
VQDM: Social media is huge but not the only tool, do you feel as a band growing in this computer dominated world that it is still important to interact on a social and physical level to your fans and friends?
SH: It's important but its a fine line to walk. It's hard to retain any mystery in this world. I think it's important to only post about shit the listeners care about. Inside views of tour. Acoustic performances. Stuff like that.
VQDM: How do the guys handle each other after long hours on the road and what do each of you do to distress?
SH: Pretty detrimental to the survival of a tour to respect each others living habits. When you have 8-10 people on a small living space you're bound to get pissed eventually. It's how you handle that anger that cuts down on the internal drama.
VQDM: Are you looking at anything specific for 2016 that you would be able to share with us here at Voodoo Queen Digital Magazine?
SH:Lookng to make another record. More of the same with the touring and try to find the time to get to Europe. Busy. That's the plan
VQDM: If there was a moment that you could re do on or off the stage what would it be as a band?
SH: We've had plenty of fuck-ups on stage. That's Rock n roll isn't it? None come to mind and I think that's telling. You just have to brush that shit off ya know?
VQDM: Any words of inspiration to the young and upcoming musicians out there looking for that break through into the industry?
SH: If you're serious about doing it for real, the only advice I can give is this. Don't try to follow anyone else's formula. Make the music that speaks to you. If some A&R rep tries to tell you what to do with a song, try to remember that they don't know what they're talking about any more than you. As far as the rest of it goes? When I figure that out I'll let ya know.
VQDM: Have you grown as people not just artists with the experiences you have had while merging out to the world as a national act?
SH: Sure. We've grown up doing this and we've all learned the more success you find, the harder the skin you need. More grit.
VQDM: Anything you wish people would not do at your shows?
SH: Like most artists I find it irritating looking out and seeing a sea of cellphones starring back. Think it hurts our ego's. Like what we're doing isn't good enough for you to be in the moment.
VQDM: The influences that have brought you to the style your playing now, if you could share a stage with any of them (dead or alive) who would it be and where would it be?
SH: Alman Brothers. At the Filmore.
VQDM: Last but not least, is there anyone or any company that has been by your side since the entire thing started that you would like to give some shout outs too?
SH: Number one dude that's sacrificed as much as us is our long term manager, Phil Dunscombe. He's truly a sixth member and couldn't continue without him. The things he's given of himself to this effort is without number and priceless.
VQDM- Dec- 2015
You Are Listening To "Chains"" By Shaman's Harvest