On December 10th, MancMuse has its first gig! In partnership with Sedici Promotions, we’re bringing together local artists from our beloved city to showcase some of the amazing talent hiding in plain sight. The opening act of the night will be Red Shakes – a solo project from the mind of Sam Da Silva. Combining inspiration from many different genres, Red Shakes bring something truly special to the music scene. I had the pleasure of speaking to Sam ahead of the 10th. Here’s what we spoke about!
When & how did you first get into music?
When I was a teenager, I actually never really cared about music, until one day it seemed to all come together.
My friends and grand-dad introduced me to rock music and I started playing a bit of guitar, but as soon as I saw my first gig I was hooked.
I was like “yeah this is what I want to do”.
How did this project come about?
I was in the car with my family trying to come up with names for a new project to go solo, and it all built up from there really.
Which artists are your main influences?
Bit of everything, although I’m big-time into ’60s pop and noughties indie – stuff like The Beach Boys, The Kooks, Vaccines, Razorlight, etc.
Are there any other styles or genres of music that you would like to explore?
So many! I’d love to do something with brass – have a bit of a crossover with funk music and what I do; I think it would be a lot of fun!
I love soul too so I think that would be fun to do!
What do you usually write about? What inspires you?
I don’t have one thing I write about so I guess it varies – but usually all real stuff… Nothing fictitious or out of movies or something.
Themes with love, sadness, anger or happiness, just things that everybody feels.
Which of your songs are you most proud of?
My latest song, ‘Look After Yourself’ I would say.
We put in all these harmonies and I had a lot of fun making it. I think it’s one of my best tracks too.
Which song was the easiest to write?
One of my unreleased ones I would say – it’s called ‘Sad teenager song’. It started off as a joke between me and my roommate.
I wrote it in 20 minutes ’cause it was just meant to be a bit of a laugh, not a real song; one of my band mates heard the demo and he was sold; the boys in the band loved it.
What’s the most memorable gig you’ve played?
My most recent one at The Underground [in Bradford] was an amazing show!
The crowd was amazing. I was in awe of them; they all sang along, moshed, and I got to crowd surf which was really fun.
Can’t believe they held me up. I’ve put on some lockdown weight.
Do you have any gigs that you’re looking forward to playing?
Manchester at the end of the year! Mancunians are really something else when it comes to playing shows!
As a former member of Railroads, how does the Red Shakes experience differ?
Being that it’s a solo project it’s really different, because it’s a lot more independent and I get to be more free to make my own decisions.
But I also have no one by my side pushing me to get stuff done, so I have to be really motivated and that’s something that can be bad when not in a band as I don’t have that support system.
Pros and cons to both setups really.
Do you have any upcoming releases?
Early next year ‘Sad Teenager Song’ will be released. I can’t let a date slip as of yet.
Where do you see this project going in the future? What do you hope to achieve?
Hoping to be able to do some tours multiple times a year and support big name acts, just have as much fun as possible and the opportunities will come.
I’d love to play abroad and do some of the country’s major festivals, Leeds and Reading, tramlines, Glastonbury (maybe).
How does it feel to be part of the first MancMuse & Sedici Promotions Present… gig?
Deeply honoured – and I promise I haven’t been paid off to say this. Great line-up, the acts are brilliant. Should be a good night!
MancMuse & Sedici Promotions Present…
We’re really excited to have Red Shakes performing with us at our first gig, where they’ll be joining The Stride, The Pine Jackets and Bathtub. Come along to Aatma on December 10th for a great night out! Doors open at 7pm. See you there!