Shvpes is a rock/metal band from Birmingham, UK. We spoke to lead guitarist, Youssef from the band about Shvpes, career highlights and if he has any tips for the up and coming artists. Check out his interview below.
KNEWYU: INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND THE BAND! WHAT ARE YOUR NAMES, WHERE ARE YOU FROM, AND WHAT ARE YOUR ROLES IN THE BAND?
YOUSSEF: Hello Knewyu readers, I’m Youssef I play guitar in the band SHVPES. I’m from Birmingham, 0121hotlinebling.
SHVPES is; Griffin Dickinson, Ryan Hamilton, Youssef Ashraf, Harry Jennings.
K: HOW DID YOU ALL GET INTO MUSIC? WAS IT SOMETHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO DO?
Y: I’ve been playing guitar since I was 7/8 and have been playing in bands since I was about 11. I started playing with Harry (SHVPES Drummer) in little garage bands and messing about until 2011, when we were 15/16 years old. Thats when we created “Cytota”. That was really the changing of our garageband to a (semi) professional running music group. Now Im in SHVPES at 2016, with these 3 jokers, and I am 21 years old.
K: DO YOU HAVE ANY HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF THE BAND? HOW DO YOU MANAGE YOUR TIME?
Y: Time. That old chestnut. As you will know Nadine, I study Music Business at Access to Music/BCU, in your class, sup. I also run a little gardening business in Solihull on the side. Outlandish.
K: WALK US THROUGH A DAY IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT DOES A TYPICAL RECORDING SESSION LOOK LIKE?
Y: So at the moment in SHVPES we are practising, practising., practising. We recorded our debut album, “Pain. Joy. Ecstasy. Despair.” in March, so we have been sitting on this album for its release, 14th October 2016. We are so excited, nervous, and overwhelmed. All these feelings as you can imagine. Cannot wait to get this music out to the world. Our first UK headline tour is 10th October- 8th November, its going to be unforgettable.
K: I ALWAYS LIKE TO DROP A FASHION QUESTION IN MY INTERVIEWS SO, DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVOURITE FASHION DESIGNERS/BRANDS AND DO YOU HAVE A “GO-TO” OUTFIT THAT YOU LIKE TO WEAR FOR PERFORMING?
Y: Well we are the freshest around. But thats a story for another time. Griffin (SHVPES frontman) runs a clothing company “Ravenous“.
K: IF YOU COULD WORK WITH ANY PRODUCER OR PERFORM AT ANY VENUE, WHO/WHERE WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND WHY?
Y: Well because we worked with Carl Bown, Jim Pinder, and Colin Richardson on this album. That ticks a few. Go check out the list of bands they have worked with (here): Slipknot and Busted, for example.
K: WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR MUSICAL CAREER SO FAR?
Y: This is so hard because we get, and have had the most amazing opportunities. We just played 2 shows with “Asking Alexandria”. We played “Download Festival”. Before that “Bring Me The Horizon” in London. It’s shows like this, and seeing our faces in Kerrang! magazine, and the album isn’t even out yet. Heres to the future.
K: WHAT TIPS CAN YOU GIVE TO ASPIRING MUSICIANS?
Y: Play. Jam out with your buddies. Live. Jam out on your own. Have a great time. Guess what I am trying to say is let the music do the talking. I could just quote Dave Grohl all day or you could watch his “offcamerashow” .
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