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SHANE TREACY AND THE SUNFLOWER MEN
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SHANE TREACY AND THE SUNFLOWER MEN
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SOLO ARTIST RECORDING MY OWN SONGS; over 100 albums to date. The Sunflower Men are the characters I create in my songs. I am Irish but consider myself internat
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SHANE TREACY MADE IN FRANCE PART 2 (youtube only)
MANIFESTO OF A GENIUS GENIUS!!!EITHER YOU HAVE IT OR YOU DONT...ITS SOMETHING THAT CANT BE TAUGHT OR LEARNED.BOUGHT OR SOLD.BORROWED OR STOLEN.DALI HAD IT.PICASSO.VAN GOGH.AND OTHER DOOMED BOYS WITH UNIQUE INTELLIGENCE..ITS ABOUT UNLEARNING ALL YOU KNOW AND LEARNING THAT THERES NOTHING TO KNOW..LISTEN TO MY SONG BOHEMIAN WANDERER FOR A PARTIAL PORTRAIT OF THE EMERGING ARTIST.ITS A SONG ABOUT THE TACTILE SENTIENT FUTILE ACCEPTANCE OF DESTINY.THERE REALLY ISNT MUCH ELSE TO SAY WITHOUT FARTING IN YOUR FACE OR YOU BLOWING SNOTS ON MINE. I CAN THROW SLOGANS AT YOU LIKE VITUPERATIVE DARTS.GET DRUNK AND LIVE FOR TODAY.DO YOUR OWN THING.AVOID MASS MUSIC TRENDS.KEEP IT SIMPLE.DIRECT.SPONTANEOUS.USE YOUR INSTINCT.DONT BECOME AN EXTENSION OF A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT.THE BEST ARTISTS CANT EVEN PLAY AN INSTRUMENT.DONT HIRE SESSION MUSICIANS EVEN IF YOU CANT PLAY GUITAR SOLOS.THEY WILL DISTORT YOUR ORIGINALITY INTO FORMULATED CRAP.ALWAYS BE YOURSELF. HIT THE BULLSEYE EVERY TIME.AND REMEMBER.ITS ABOUT THE SONG.ITS NOT ABOUT YOU.EGO IS THE ENEMY OF EXCELLENCE.THE NEMESIS OF PERFECTION.IF THE SONG WORKS THATS ALL THAT MATTERS.ONLY YOU WILL KNOW.DONT RELY ON THE OPINION OF OTHERS.THEY HAVE EGO PROBLEMS AND EGO IS THE BEDFELLOW OF MEDIOCRITY.ITS BORING AND BITTERTASTING.BE ANYTHING BUT BORING.BOREDOM IS ALL AROUND YOU EVERYWHERE TRYING TO TRAP YOU IN ITS CLINGING WEB OF DISCONTENT.GO WITH YOUR MIND WHEREVER IT WANTS TO GO.ITS YOUR BEST TRAVELLING COMPANION.YOUR MOST TRUSTWORTHY FRIEND.LEAVE DULL AND BORING TO DULLARDS AND BORES. BE EXTRAORDINARY.CONCENTRATE ON THE SONG AND MAKE IT COUNT.ONLY TIMEWASTERS GET CAUGHT UP IN ALL THE OTHER RUBBISH.ITS A LONG RIDE AND A VERY LONG WAY TO GO.HANG ON IN THERE AND YOULL FIND THE DOOR THAT CATAPULTS YOU TO THE LAND OF THE GIANTS.THE QUIET HOUSE THAT IS THE REALM OF THE GODS. YOUR DESTINATION LIES WITHIN YOU.YOU WONT FIND IT ANYWHERE ELSE.SO DROP EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE AND GET DOWN TO IT NOW BABY.THE CLOCK IS TICKING...GOOD LUCK.YOULL NEED IT! EITHER YOU HAVE IT OR YOU DONT!
Band/artist history
I WAS 8 WHEN I FIRST HEARD THE WHITE ALBUM BY THE BEATLES.IT BLEW MY MIND IN A VERY NATURAL WAY.A KID OF 8 DOESNT NEED HALLUCINOGENIC DRUGS.JUST GOOD SONGS.I WAS VERY LUCKY TO GROW UP IN THE AGE OF MAGIC.I GOT ALL I NEEDED FROM IT AND MOVED ON.THE REST IS HISTORY...MUSIC.MAGIC.SHANE...5 LETTER WORDS TO ENLIGHTEN YOUR BRAIN.
Have you performed in front of an audience?
I USED TO GIG WITH BANDS.TOO MUCH TIMEWASTING AND EGO CRAP.SINCE THEN IVE GIGGED SOLO OCCASIONALLY.MY LAST LIVE GIG WAS IN THE SPIRIT STORE IN DUNDALK IRELAND ON MAY 12 2004.I FIND I GET MORE DONE JUST STAYING AT HOME.THE OUTPUT IS WHAT MATTERS TO ME.NOT THE MONEY.OTHERWISE I COULDNT BE BOTHERED.AND ID PROBABLY NEVER HAVE DONE ANYTHING.COMMERCE IS NOT THE DOMAIN OF THE ARTIST.
Your musical influences
JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING FROM THE 50S 60S AND EARLY 70S.ELVIS.THE BEATLES.DAVID BOWIE FROM 69 TO 73.FIVE YEARS! SLADE.T.REX.EVERYTHING ON TOP OF THE POPS FROM 1971 TO 1975.AFTER THAT THERE WAS NOTHING.SO I HAD TO DO IT MYSELF.IVE LISTENED TO PUNK JAZZ AND BLUES ETC BUT ITS ALWAYS THE SAME THING.NO CHANGE OF IDENTITY. NO CHALLENGE.NO DANGER.NO FUN.NO EXPLORATION OF THE LIMITLESS SELVES IN THE SELF.
What equipment do you use?
WHATEVER I CAN GET WHEREVER AND WHENEVER I CAN GET IT.IVE RECORDED ALBUMS WITH AN OUT OF TUNE GUITAR ON DODGY 1970S TAPE RECORDERS AND IT STILL SOUNDS BETTER THAN ALL THE MULTI MILLION DOLLAR SHIT OUT THERE.
Anything else?
FOLLOW YOUR OWN STAR.TO HELL WITH EVERYTHING ELSE.THERES NO COMPETITION BUT YOURSELF.WHEN I LOOK IN THE MIRROR IM JEALOUS..OF ME!
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