How did I get started?
Still trying to figure out how the posting works over here at WordPress. Quite different from Blogger but I guess I should be able to get around to it…
But yeah, back to my point…how did I get started with Shelves?
Well, if I remember correctly, Noel asked me over Facebook if I’d be keen to be part of a band to record the bunch of songs he’s written. We met up, along with Mel & Karmal (of Stoned Revivals) & eventually found ourselves in a dimly-lit, funky-smelling studio off Outram. The first session was rough, but magical…coz at the first blast of fuzz coming outta the amps, I felt at home. And the songs Noel written are good. Not to sound flattering but really Noel has got quite a knack for melodies, & in his compositions there’s plenty. Brings me back to my love for Teenage Fanclub, Big Star etc.
In a way, I missed the rush of playing in a band again, having given that up in favour for church work (which involves me working as a musician for my church’s worship dept). I still play in a band, but it’s very different from playing in Livonia. The aim of the worship repertoire is pretty much straight-forward, which is to bring people to a place of worshipping Jesus, so the people’s attention are not on you as the musician (which lifts the ‘performance’ mentality off you) but on the music, the lyrics etc. There’s no need to psych yourself to ‘entertain’, to prove something. That load is off your back because by faith you know God’s gonna take over. The stressful part comes only when you make a mistake (esp when you’re the drummer), & people started to look at you, frowning like as if they’ve been awoken from some nice slumber. (I think Brian should be able to relate to this point, hahaha…)
But anyway, enough about that. Shelves fulfils my need to be creative again, musically. And I’m thankful to be part of it. Here’s wishing that we’ll be able to come out with that debut release soon.