Influences: Ranging From Guns N Roses, Bon Jovi, Slash, Iron Maiden To Mcfly, Busted & All Time Low.
I have a range of musical experiences from Orchestral bands to original & covers bands, & even a Charity band
In Secondary school in the first year, I'd been playing drums for around 3 months & I was required to join a junior orchestral band. At aged 11/12, I was playing to audiences of a few hundred at the end of every few months. We'd play orchestral versions of big hits from bands such as Queen & the Beatles. During this time, I also had experiences in playing Samba, which of course is a Brazilian type of music.
Moving on to when I moved back to my hometown of Walsall, I had no more lessons since moving and ended up finding a band very quickly. We rehearsed songs from artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Black Stone Cherry, Black Country Communion, Free, and Iron Maiden.
I didnt get to gig with these guys as during my time with them, I'd been called by an originals band, Questions of Angels, asking me if I wanted to join them. I was in this band for a year, and it took us just 2 months to get rehearsed before we started to gig. Highlights of our first gig is actually on my YouTube Channel (shanedrummer0123). During my time with QofA, I managed to play venues around Birmingham - the Flapper & the o2 academy to name but a few. I was in the studio a total of 6 times with them & I'm credited on their album, From Within.
Moving on finally to one of my more proudest musical achievements - The Neon Brotherhood. 40 members, 1 song. That was the tag line. We put the Neon Brotherhood together in memory of a guy by the name of Stephen Sutton. He suffered with terminal cancer, and sadly lost his battle with the disease in 2014. We released a song in his memory and contacted as many media outlets as we could. We ended up appearing on Sky News, Daybreak, Bbc Midlands Today, Channel 4 news and Channel 5 news. We also appeared on the news bulletins of Capital, Heart Fm and Smooth Radio as well as in all of the national newspapers.
We put the single out not expecting to get to where it did. It debuted at number 2 on iTunes, number 1 on Amazon & number 3 on google play, raising £10,000 for the teenage cancer trust, selling roughly 17,000 copies.
I played piano throughout the song and also recorded majority of the drumtrack which meant staying in the studio until early hours of the morning. I created the artwork and also managed the Facebook page which went from strength to strength within 24 hours. The band then went on to play the cavern club before finally opening up V festival of that year. I wasn't there for those 2 experiences but it was still an amazing experience overall.