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Interview Feature with C.SHIROCK

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Los Angeles based singer/songwriter C. SHIROCK ignites a powerfully evocative message in his latest single “All We Have Is This Moment”. Written with the intention to remind others to give more appreciation for those littles things in life, the poignant track couldn’t come at a better time. During this current pandemic we’ve suddenly been faced with the unfamiliar and alien feeling of not being able to carry out everyday tasks. Who doesn’t miss going out for a coffee, a quick drink with a friend, or even a session at the gym?! What used to be seemingly menial tasks are now much desired activities and we have realised that we should be thankful for even the smallest of things.

C. SHIROCK does just that in “All We Have Is This Moment”. Colliding synths, tender vocals and brooding melodies emit an impassioned release, with the songwriter declaring “all we have is this moment and the moment is gone”. An important notice that so often we are distracted by our busy lives and social media, that we often forget to sit back and enjoy what we have right in front of us.

Whytt Magazine got to talk to C. SHIROCK about the new single, his love for philosophy and isolation tips.

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What was your inspiration behind “All We Have Is This Moment”?

C: The inspiration for “All We Have Is This Moment” was my constant fight to stay ‘present’…I am always thinking about the future, plans, goals, etc., and sometimes that robs me of being where I am – of being present to the moment I am in. The song is a reminder of sorts for me to live in the moment, and to remember that I don’t know what tomorrow will bring. To live fully, to stay present, and be where I am. There is so much freedom when you can do that.

The single comes at an appropriate moment, during a time of uncertainty. How are you coping during this pandemic and do you have any tips for people who may be suffering with loneliness and isolation?

C: It did seem to come at such an appropriate time! We had planned the release before any of this began, and the song has taken on some new and important meanings because of the situation. I’m in Los Angeles – it’s a pretty strict lockdown here right now, and it can feel very isolating. I’m doing my best to stay present – to live my life as fully as I can even in the midst of this…to use the time to do more of what I might otherwise not do. To settle in home more, writing, reading, connecting with my partner…cooking… for people suffering with loneliness and isolation, I hope you can use the time to connect with people in your life over FaceTime or Zoom. I recently moved from Nashville to Los Angeles, and have felt very isolated here. But this has pushed me to make some of those calls, and connect deeply with friends and family I love. Even in the midst of so much fear, uncertainty and many questions, some good can even be found here.

Your latest single was inspired by Seneca – does philosophy play a big part in your life?

C: It does play a big part in my life. Seneca’s book, “On The Shortness Of Life” was life changing for me. I have tattooed on my arm, “Live Immediately” – a line from that book. I feel like I’ve missed so many moments in my life because I was so focused on some ever moving goal, that I looked right past the beauty of being where I was. And we have no promise of tomorrow – I have to constantly remind myself of this whole idea. Since reading Seneca’s book the first time, I read it at least once a year. It’s crazy to me how relevant I find it in this modern world…

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How has your training in classical music influenced your music today?

C: I grew up playing piano from a very young age, then studied voice in university. I learned so much studying classical composition, and the way that composers would use counterpoint, melody, key changes… I subtly use these ideas in my writing all of the time. I write mostly on piano, and when I’m writing parts, I’ll often have melodies and harmonies play off one another, or have the bass play the chorus melody – all little ideas that I learned from classical music.

If you could collaborate with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and why?

C: I love the work that Daniel Lanois (writer / producer) did with Peter Gabriel – I think the sonic landscapes and textures that Lanois created with Peter Gabriel on the “So” album are absolutely beautiful. There are so many subtle layers, but they all weave together to make this sonic masterpiece. I’d love to work with Lanois – to see what his approach to music would bring out of me. Everything he’s involved with has vulnerability and a sense of truth behind it. He’s one of the greats.

What does 2020 hold for C. SHIROCK?

C: I hope as this virus settles, and life begins to take whatever step comes next, that it will include some live performances! Touring and performing live has always been one of my favourite aspects to being an artist. The songs take on new and different life in a live setting, and it allows me to reinvent and reinterpret them. When I’m writing, I often imagine how certain moments would feel singing it live with an audience…I can’t help it, it’s such an incredible feeling to perform, and I don’t have another outlet like that in my life…so 2020 – performances, a lot more music being released, and fully diving into my creative flow…art, music, poetry, writing, performing… I hope I get to see you on tour!

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