Getting To Know... SHADER

Following on from the enormous success of their previously shared singles 'Time Is Right' and 'Be My Saviour' earlier this year, British outfit SHADER are now looking to do it all again as they unveil their latest anthemic release 'True To Life'.

Channeling the more euphoric side of the indie-rock aesthetic, 'True To Life' sees the four-piece deliver a truly stellar return. Filled with huge production, soaring chorus, and an ever-catchy hook, expect to be humming this one for days to come.

So with the new single out and about, we sat down with the band's lead singer and guitarist Stu Whiston to find out more about his background and what has inspired him most over the years.


What was the first instrument you fell in love with?

I remember seeing an electric guitar in the Argos catalogue as a young kid and being drawn to it’s mystic. The first actual instrument I got was a Casio keyboard and a play along songbook.

What has been the most prominent inspiration behind your music so far?

There’s a distinct Manchester influence in our sound with bands like The Smiths, Happy Mondays and Joy Division but within that there’s elements of early U2 and Echo and the Bunnymen too.

What kind of music did you love as a teenager?

Grew up listening to my parents music which was Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, The Carpenters, U2, Sex Pistols. Then came Oasis and Nirvana. Big exploding choruses.

Can you remember the first song that made you want to pursue a life in music?

I started demoing my own songs on a digital 8-track and I used to play them in my mates' cars when we were out and about. They were into them and that was enough of an incentive for me to decide that’s what I wanted to do in life.

When you wake up in the morning, what kind of music do you like to listen to?

Could be anything. Lately a lot of Simple Minds, Tame Impala, John Lennon, The La’s, Manic Street Preachers.

How many of your songs have you written about people in your life?

Every song is influenced by people and situations.

What have been the most memorable moments in your career so far?

Getting to number 2 in the UK Physical Singles Chart was pretty memorable. Seeing your band in there above Liam Gallagher, Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller and New Order was insane.

Outside of music, what are your biggest passions?

Films, YouTube and driving.

If you weren’t a musician, what other path do you think you might have taken?

Film maker.

And what advice would you give to other musicians looking to start a career in music?

Never give up.


SHADER's new single 'True To Life' is available to stream and download now. Watch the new video for it in the player below.