June 3, 2010
Shayna Zaid and The Catch Interview
If you haven’t yet heard of Shayna Zaid and The Catch, you soon will. Coming off the release of their self-titled EP this spring, they made appearances at SxSW, Canadian Music Fest, and even had a song on a recent episode of CSI:NY.
We had a fun chat with lead Shayna. Check it out below!
1. Shayna, you have a very eclectic style. What type of musical background are you drawing from?
All kinds, including Rocky movie soundtracks (thanks to Christopher). Actually, the boys (band) and I started writing together without really making any solid decisions as to what we wanted to sound like – it all came together very organically, by chance really. Chris (drummer) has a jazz background; Yan (violin/mandolin), classical; Andrew (guitar) has a jazz/bluegrass background; and I’ve always been influenced by pop/folk/blues/singer-songwriter driven music.
2. How did you end up hooking up with The Catch?
We met, fell in love and play happily ever after. Well, at least that’s the story I am told to tell.. we have encountered cases of band members spontaneously de-combusting but you didn’t hear that from me.
3. Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
I am moved by great songs, more than anything else. But if I were going to hail any kings and queens in my music library – Michael Jackson and Carole King would be amongst the top in my list.
4. Because of the nearly limitless number of places to play, it seems like New York City is a really great place for a band. How has being based in NYC influenced your music and career path?
Yes – meeting great people, i.e. my band members – love them to pieces.
5. What’s it like playing Times Square on New Year’s?
It was incredibly titillating. I forgot I had to pee after the lights and cameras were queued so it must have been mind-blowing.
6. You guys have been touring really hard since the beginning of the year and you’ve played all over the country. What has that experience been like?
It tasted like Tacos most of the time. But really, it’s great. I think I owe it to the boys – they never cease to make everyone laugh.
7. Many of your songs have a very playful feel, both musically and lyrically. Is this a conscious effort or do things just seem to work themselves out along those lines?
It’s the New York City water. It tastes good, and when the boys and I get together – I try to convince them beer tastes better with h20 so we end up writing all night long. Sometimes I have to be feisty though and I don’t like that, but they do – so it works out. On the other hand, it’s not all sh*ts and giggles.. my heart has other kinds of feelings, too.
8. What is your songwriting process like? Is there much collaboration between you all?
It’s like peanut butter and jam (jelly, in the USA). Sometimes I come to them with melodic/lyrical ideas and we write the arrangements then stick it together like peanut butter. Other times we jam, and an accidental idea turns into a full song.
9. You guys have been very successful when it comes to commercial placement of your songs. What advice would you give other musicians about that process and its benefits?
My goodness, this is going to sound like a “thatswhatshesaid” joke – but keep plugging away. Find, embrace and work with people you love and respect.
10. Where should people go for more information about where to see you play?
www.ShaynaZaid.com or Google (I secretly want to meet that company and pay a visit to their office. But please, don’t tell anyone.)
If you want to check these guys out live, or want to know about some of those “other feelings” Shayna’s heart has, visit their Facebook or MySpace, linked from their website above.
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