Interview: Rock Shreller

Interview: Rock Shreller

Rock Shreller are an awesome, brand new band that just dropped their debut single a few days ago as Fungjai’s very first exclusive MV! They have an entire album already online, available to listen to on YouTube and Soundcloud and available to buy on iTunes.

Check out their very first interview and get to know this band that will be sure to be tearing up the scene very soon.

Tell us a little bit about yourselves and your band. What’s your background, how did you get together, and when did you start working on this album?

Scott: I started playing piano growing up and switched to guitar in the 6th grade to form a band with my close friends. In university I got robbed twice in two weeks which put me in the market for a new instrument, and living in an apartment, a synthesizer/keyboard was the best idea. After university, I went to Bali just for travel and experience, and that is when I started making what I felt was electronic music. Once I made it to Bangkok I started to have something to give to the scene. I first got into the scene on a shoestring budget, using the WIFI from the corner market to download beats and burn them on CD while riding in a taxi to RCA to try-out for DJ spots. It was also in Bangkok that I met Jesse at a local arts/music event at Brownstone Studio.

Jesse: Growing up I was always very much into creative projects, both visual as well as musical. I actually started with video production and didn’t get into music production until my college years when I began producing hip-hop with my roommate. After years of self-teaching, along with learning from friends in the underground music world, I started to get a really good idea as to how to make a good sounding production. I worked with many different talents in America over the next half-decade after college, then finally delved into making my own solo electronic music. After I fully immersed myself into electronic shows and dance clubs, I kind of fell in love with electronic and never really looked back. I continued to make solo electronic music until I met Scott, and this is my first real collaborative work for an original album to date.

 

We have many friends both in Bangkok as well as overseas that are incredibly talented musicians and artists, and while we would have loved to have all of them on our debut album, the ones that made it on there happened to be the ones that meshed with the specific sound for this album the best.

 

You’ve featured quite a few musicians who are active in the live music scene here who do various styles of music such as Jennifer Lackgren and Will Corbin from Jenny & The Scallywags, and Niall Murray from Sangsom Masacre. How do you guys come up with that idea and how has it turned out?

We have many friends both in Bangkok as well as overseas that are incredibly talented musicians and artists, and while we would have loved to have all of them on our debut album, the ones that made it on there happened to be the ones that meshed with the specific sound for this album the best. For our first album we really were aiming for a certain sound and Jenny, Will & Niall really fit in terms of vocalists. We also featured extremely talented instrumentalists such as Craig McLachlan on drums, Rathapol Limthongchai on guitar, Nathapol Choochaisri on keys and Joe Delaney also on drums as well.

What are some of the influences behind your music?

Any and all good music is an influence for us. It doesn’t matter if it’s 20’s Jazz or some brand new dub step song. In our opinion there should be no limit to what influences us really. We also try to not be too influenced by anything.

 

 

What type of live shows are you guys thinking of for the future?

Considering we haven’t performed live yet, we’re hoping for our first show to be something special, whether it be in front of 10 people or 10,000. We have a few locations in mind already, follow us now and find out a bit later where the first show will be! We promise it’s coming soon!

You chose to put your entire album on YouTube and Soundcloud right from the get go. What was your thinking behind that and what are your thoughts on free or paid when it comes to music?

Well, having a finished album alone was a personal goal for us – dead stop. Whether any money came from it down the line wasn’t a big deal for us. Once we mastered the final track and had finished the whole thing, it just seemed right to share it. Also, when you’re a group releasing it’s freshman album like we are, we figured it was better to just get it out there. In the very near future we’ll be doing more live shows and pushing our sound even harder.

 

Any and all good music is an influence for us. It doesn’t matter if it’s 20’s Jazz or some brand new dub step song. In our opinion there should be no limit to what influences us really. We also try to not be too influenced by anything.

 

Your single “Death Of You” was just an exclusive on Fungjai. What are your thoughts about the music scene here and platforms like Fungjai and Cat Radio promoting both Thai and English music?

In the beginning we really weren’t too knowledgeable about a lot of the Thai music sharing/streaming platforms, but through some close friends and associates we’ve started to become aware of these well known, powerful sites and companies that are helping bands all across the country with promoting and pushing their music. We’re happy to learn more as we move forward and we’ve had nothing but good experiences with them so far. We know already that having the video exclusive on Fungjai has gotten eyes on our work that normally might not have seen us before, and we’re grateful for that!

What do you see for the band over the next 6 months?

Live performances. Creating amazing shows. Being able to play our music as organically as possible to a crowd. This whole thing started a passion project that we now plan on making so much bigger than that. Rock Shreller!!! We’re trying to make music that people can enjoy listening to as much as we enjoy creating it.

Check out Rock Shreller online

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/RockShreller
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6imeQolqILif_2-uBJj8fQ
iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/th/artist/rock-shreller/id1119948902
Spotify – https://play.spotify.com/artist/4XGw9SxWc8cDerRt3Y1rnR
Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/rock-shreller

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