Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Alex from unsigned duo Shaky Shack to find out more…
Who is in the duo, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the name?
The duo consists of Mateusz Kosnik and Alex Winter. We met through friends involved in the Dublin music scene. We've been in love ever since. Mat is from Poland but has lived in Ireland for most of his life and I'm (Alex) from Dublin and have lived here all my life. The name came from a dream I had one night in which I was the owner of a record label by the name of Shaky Shack Records. As soon as I woke up I sent Mat a message saying "Shaky Shack". We decided it was actually a fantastic name for a band seeing as starting a record label was a bit more difficult. It also made perfect sense since we record and write all of our own music with a very limited set up, which can be rather frustrating when computers decide to crash. So instead of a nice polished studio it's more like a Shaky Shack.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
When I was younger I listened to a lot of 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Pharrell Williams and a good bit of Hip Hop/RnB. I also had a teacher in school who used to play Guitar which I found extremely interesting, this definitely gave me the desire to pick up the guitar. My influences now are extremely broad. Radiohead, David Sylvian, Foals, Michael Jackson, Nile Rodgers, Tears for Fears, U2, Crowded House, Aslan, Sinead O'Connor, Duran Duran, The Cure, Echo & The Bunnymen, George Michael and the list really goes on.
How would you describe your sound?
Somewhere in the realm of alternative pop, with elements of funk, hip hop, dance. We most certainly wouldn't confine ourselves to a particular genre and we would both be big experimentalists.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
The single is called Selfish Fever. It's influenced by modern day pop with jazz and funk weaved through. I wanted to incorporate something that was both modern and oldschool in its sound.
What’s your local music scene like?
The Irish music scene and in particular Dublin is extremely talented and diverse. I don't understand how some of these bands and artists remain underground. There is definitely a lack of opportunity in a lot of ways but the music scene is definitely growing in Dublin and has been for the last few years. I'm hoping that these bands and artists get the opportunity to fulfill their maximum potential as it would be such a waste for people not to hear them.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We have another single to release over the next 2 months off our upcoming E.P that is due for release later in the year. We are currently preparing our set for what is going to be a show very different from anything we've seen.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
David Sylvian or Radiohead for sure.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
We just recently sold out a gig in my kitchen which was rather interesting. I have never imagined so many people in such a small kitchen. Made for a very sweaty gig.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
We have a lot of great music coming in the next few months so stay tuned via our social accounts. You can even find us on tinder ;) (not individually)