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Life & Work with Shane Farrell

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shane Farrell.

Shane, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I got involved in music when I was in 3rd grade through a like jam class my mom put me in. They taught us how to play Seven Nation Army by The White Strips and Brainstew by Green Day. I don’t remember it much but after that, I remember being addicted to drumming after that and that same year, my Grandma bought me my first drum set. I played in Jazz band and regular band in school, and I was in 2 bands throughout my life, both with my brother Max. He guitars and sings and writes, as well as produces. The main one being called Kilroi. We played for about six years all around northern California. As I got older, I started to love business too. So I figured being a manager and drummer in the side was my best bet. I kinda knew what being a manager was In the Music Industry since I’ve been around it almost my whole life. I meant my first artist, ZAVY, at a bar in Reno when I was visiting my friend from High-school. We hit it off immediately, and I got his number before we parted ways. The next day I followed up and we started working together. Since then, we’ve both made moves to LA to further ourselves in the industry and make as many connections as possible. I know Manage Zavy, Philly, Camrose, Jaygo, Rozeboyz and Zach Settle. I am in the process of turning this into an actual LLC Business with my long-time friend and partner Matt Nelson. I am 20 years old.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The hardest part in my opinion is that you have to remember that nothing happens overnight. Whatever your goal or dream is, you can achieve it as long as you put in the work and give it time. And always stay positive and motivated. Keeping your mindset high will help you achieve higher and higher goals. Of course, you are going to hit bumps in the road like I still do. You just have to keep pushing. I’ve sent so many emails to just get no response and I’ve Dmed so many people just to get no response. You can’t let that deteriorate you. There is someone out there that can help you and that will want to help you. It’s your job to find that person.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m an artist and group manager, as well as a drummer. I’m most proud of seeing how far my band came in six years. Mind you, we didn’t market ourselves at all, we didn’t put a lot of money into fancy stage props. We just played a shot ton of shows and gained not fans but groupies. All of our followers were die-hard fans that knew every word to our songs. The best show I ever had was when my brother was able to stop singing and the crowd was singing the lyrics for him. That was one of the best moments in my young life.

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
My brother and my parents first and foremost. We used to call my mom the Momager because she would do everything when we couldn’t drive yet and we couldn’t buy our own equipment yet. She was the one getting us shows and encouraging us to practice in our garage that we tuned into our band area. My parents let me and my brother take over the garage and have daily jam sessions and practices down there. That was so great and it really helped us get to where we are. They are always so encouraging and supportive and really are the driving force of where I am today. My other main mentor would be my old drum teacher back In middle school. I went to see John “X” for jazz band lessons. I wanted to be in jazz band and I had no clue how to play it. I went to see John for about two years and he taught me more than playing the drums. He taught me about how music and life go hand in hand. Everything in life has rhythm as does all music. Now every time I hear something or feel something, I feel the rhythm and that has made me understand and feel music and drumming so much better

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