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23
Jun
09

Introducing: shano

shano

[Photo Credit: Dan Norton, I’m Not Dan Norton]

Music is what life sounds like.

-Eric Olsen.

 

Some stories are just impossible to express in words. 

So, when New York producer Shane “shano” Harris wanted to tell his personal story, he opted for the only medium natural to him – music

His story manifested itself in his first solo LP A Butterfly In Boston, an album that relies on jazzy samples, soulful loops and a plethora of kicks-n-snares to document a tale of love, pleasure and eventual heartache. The free digital album is available here or here for a direct download link.

Recently, I got the chance to chop it up with shano in the wake of his debut. We discussed his approach, why the album takes place in Boston despite his New York roots, which producer he’d most want to observe in the studio, and what he’s going to do now that he’s told his first story.

 

Dom Corleone: Tell the people where you’re from and how old you are. 

shano: I’m currently residing in Astoria, N.Y. and I’m 25 years old. I grew up in a small town on Long Island called Sound Beach which I doubt anyone has heard of. So, it’s near the Port Jeff area.. North Shore of Suffolk County. 

DC: What originally got you into producing? A background in reading & playing music or was it something you just up and tried one day? 

s: Actually, I don’t play any instruments. I had to take music theory classes in college but my reading is very amateur. I can do it, but it takes me awhile.  In high school, I really fell in love with hip hop and some of the producers that were out at the time. 

I really felt like it was something I wanted to do. With the whole sampling aspect, I felt like I could find parts of old songs and rework them into something new. It was kind of a gradual “maybe-I-can-actually-do-this” type thing that just grew and grew as I went along.

 DC: So when would you say you started getting serious with it? 

s: In high school, I bought my first sampler and I was definitely the kid who bought things and didn’t use them. I just expected something to happen. Once I went away to college in ’01, I started to meet more people with the same interests and really got serious about it a few years after that. I can’t pinpoint the date, but I would say ‘03-04 roughly.

[Check the full interview after the jump]

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23
Jun
09

Tuesday: Cop vs. Flop

Cop:

DJ JS-1 – Ground Original 2: No Sell Out

Dead Prez & DJ Green Lantern – Pulse of the People

Flop:

U-God – Dopium

Willy Northpole – Tha Connect





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