A Q&A with Shobocon
Layered intensity from hard hitting Vancouver outfit – here’s Poontz from Shobocon…
How did you get the title of your latest release, and what does it mean to you?
‘Silver Chord’ is part of the lyrics and it refers to the final chord that binds us to another dimension. And we pull or ride the Silver Chord (Cord) to our new experience after the Nephesh dies. The reason it refers to Chord but is pronounced “Cord” is from the different meanings of these words. Chord is a geometric term and also a musical term. But Cord is an actual physical thing that binds two points. The silver Chord is all of these things and is related to the moment of death and how we get connected to the next life.
What was the hardest part about putting this release together, and why?
Worldly distractions. Covid times and restrictions made it difficult in some ways, but it actually helped in others. When the first lockdown happened, we took time off and made the studio a safe zone. We spent a full month just writing and recording. But after that, the drama happening across the world and the political situations in Canada and the USA were very distracting. It created an atmosphere of dread and stress that can cloud the creative writing process. Thankfully, we have tools to combat that and the work will be finished.
What do you enjoy most about producing your own material?
We enjoy the freedom and creative control. Considering Jigz does 90% of the production himself, it really leaves him alone to be creative and not have any other influence corrupt his vision. Whatever he writes, me and Ditty are able to layer on it and give input.
What do you want the listener to take away from listening to your music?
We want nothing, but we give everything. Just listen and let the frequencies absorb into your pineal. Something good will come from it because we only put good into it. The message is true, so we would hope that it creates a spark of interest and an emotional pull.
How does a track normally come together? Can you tell us something about the process?
Freestyle jamming produces random riffs, and they get worked into songs. Or Jigz will pull something from his huge database of material. Jigz does most of the writing, and me and Ditty will add to that and give feedback as he goes. We keep it really casual and fun with zero pressure. Most of our songs are written during breaks or just sitting around talking and Jigz will be playing a random riff. I will get excited and tell him to run with it. If it’s good, we will keep playing it and it will eventually get in the studio.
What band/artists have influenced you the most since you started this project, and why?
Ditty says “Starset, Asking Alexandria, Highly Suspect, Lacuna Coil.”
Poontz says “Mike Patton and Chris Cornell for vocals, Korn, Soundgarden, Rage, Limp, Slip, Godsmack, Alice, Pearl, Nirv – basically 90s metal and grunge.”
Jigz says “Korn, Periphery, Bizkit, Sevendust, Drowning Pool, Harry Potter Soundtrack.”
When the world is back to normal, where would you like to tour, and why?
Start in Canada – anywhere off our Island would be nice. We have never toured, so any experience in that area would be awesome.
If you could pick one track for our readers to listen to in order to get a taste of your music, what would you pick, and why?
The track isn’t ready, but it would probably be ‘Complicated’ or ‘Chosen’.
What ambitions do you have for the band/your career?
Just keep jamming. And share it with as many as possible. No work, just Shoboflow. Keep the relationships growing.
Finally, as you leave the stage, what are your parting words?
Stay lifted. Focus on the positive and be grateful always. There is more to this physical dimension and we can co-create the simulation.
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