“Life now is great. I’m happily married with a beautiful son and another on the way. Happy, energetic music comes out when that’s your environment.”
Shaun Warner is one of Universal Music’s best musicians. He has created amazing tunes over the year, each one surpassing the next. With his new track “Chasing”, featuring JVMIE, out, Shaun has outdid himself and put himself on a whole new level. Here is what Shaun had to say when we sat down for an exclusive interview-
Were you always musically inclined growing up?
Not really to be honest. I was very much into sports. If it involved staying still, I wasn’t interested. My parents tried to get me to learn piano but I was a nightmare student. It wasn’t until things started to wrong in life that I felt the need to articulate them. Poetry always seemed something that smarter people did so I turned mine into songs. The next step was then to learn to produce these songs into something people could digest and that’s what you heard on the first album.
When did you first become a musician?
I struggle with calling myself a musician. I’m not. I don’t play any instrument in the traditional sense. I wrote all my own music but it’s a slow process. I should have stuck to the piano lessons.
You just released a new single called “Chasing”. What was some of the inspiration for the song? What was that process from beginning to end?
In my last album there were a lot of songs about love lost, melancholy… all sorts of broody stuff. I guess it was a product of my love life being turbulent during the six years it took me to complete the album. Life now is great. I’m happily married with a beautiful son and another on the way. Happy, energetic music comes out when that’s your environment. JVMIE wrote the lyrics and they’re reflective of her experiences. I think the sense of longing of her lyrics sits nicely with the uplifting pianos.
Are there any artists who inspire your music?
Loads. Everyone. Literally too many to mention. Locally, the Hollaphonic boys have influenced me a lot. I love their sound and their attitude.
What was it like partnering up with JVMIE? That must have been amazing!
I love JVMIE. She’s incredible. For someone who has achieved so much, she’s so humble and easy to work with. This is our second song together and I’ve done remixes for her in the past. Doing things long distance is always a challenge but we’ve hung out lots so we really get each other’s vibe.
Your electronic music has a huge range of sounds from drum & bass, hip-hop, techno, ambient and more. How would you describe your sound? Would you ever consider switching something up with your sound?
I think you’ve put your hand on a blessing and a curse. Because the last album was written over such a long period of time, you get the different stages of my musical journey in one album. The positive is that the album is diverse and there is something for everyone but the downside is people will generally only have 3 or 4 songs that they like. Those tracks are different for everyone but it means 75% of the album they probably won’t like. Overall though I wouldn’t change it because it’s what I wanted to write at the time and it was me.
Where do you see your music evolving in the future?
My next album is due out in March 2018 and it’s a lot happier. I guess I’d like to call it indie pop. I don’t even know if that’s a thing but it makes sense to me. Hopefully it’ll make sense to everyone else too.