Over the last couple of months, Shawn Daley and I have had lunches and brainstormed on how we can make this year's Battle of the Bands bigger and better than ever before. Over that time, I've had the opportunity to get to know him more on his level and understand his passion for not only his music, but his passion for the success of other artists.
Due to the warmer weather and conflicting schedules, Shawn and I had our interview exchange via email and Facebook chat.
Funcoast: How did you get your start in the local music scene?
Shawn: I was introduced to local music by my older sister, Christina. Even though she's 10 years older than me, she took me to shows when I was only 12. I would get sat behind the mixing console for whomever was play and shown how to mix live sound. When I was 14, I started playing bass guitar in my first high school band.
Funcoast: What are some of your biggest accomplishments in your career?
Shawn: I've witnessed my country-rock project, The Tom Frietchen Band grace the top 25 Grammy nomination list the last 2 years. I've been able to take the stage with other acts all over the world, including Tokyo, Waikiki, Times Square and The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. I've performed with Rusted Root and rocked with George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, plus I was the stage manager for Santana.
Funcoast: What exactly is the relationship between The Mohawk Studio and Radio Gunner Entertainment and how is it helping up and coming bands?
Shawn: The Mohawk Studio’s philosophy is “Face your Music”. Radio Gunner Entertainment is the catalyst that allows artists to “Face the World”. We work in concert to first, protect the artist’s rights and then to get their music out in the market. We network with industry professionals to allow the artists time to focus on their art while we are making the right connections to raise the tide and meet their ambitions.
Funcoast: When judging the Battle of the Bands, what will you personally be looking at from each of the finalists?
Shawn: I will be looking for integrity, honesty and hunger for their art. I run into many “artists” who are more about their image than their music. If artists don’t perform with passion and honesty, then its just an act; it's fake and you will not win points from me.
Funcoast: On a personal level, what was your first concert and what has been your favorite concert to attend?
Shawn: My first concert, Buzzardfest in 1994. My favorite show, taking my Dad to see Crosby, Stills & Nash for his 50th birthday.