Please tell our readers who you are and what you do?
I'm Shannon C and I play guitar and sing in Juliette Seizure & the Tremor-Dolls. I'm also the main song writer.
How would you describe your style and genre?
We're sort of like a blend of first wave punk and 60s girl groups. I wanted to take the attitude and sound of proto and first wave punk, but sweeten it up a bit and make it a bit more fun by having backing vocalists adding harmonies and dance moves.
Who are your biggest influences and idols ... and why? Do you have any idols? Are you a super fan of anyone? (Dead or alive, musician or non-musician)
I am a Ramones superfan. There's lots of Ramones references in our songs and in our artwork. I like to think it's speaking a secret language to other Ramones fans, saying "Hey! Come check this out!
What´s new right now? What should our readers know about that is coming up from you?
We're just about to release our second album Seizure Salad. It's 14 tracks which we recorded with our new line-up, but I think we've kept the sound and the vibe pretty similar to our debut album. To celebrate that release, we'll be playing every Friday in August at the Grace Emily Hotel in Adelaide. We're bringing over a different Victorian band every week so it should be pretty fun. After that, we'll be doing a film clip for the song Take What You Want and we also hope to squeeze in some interstate shows before the year is out.
What was the biggest mistake you made when you started making music and what would be the number one tip you could give to a newcomer musician?
I was only 15 when I played my first show and back then I was pretty self conscious and shy. I think it really showed in the way I played. I was way too timid because I was always worried about looking like a goob, but actually being timid and shy was the very thing that made me look like a goob! One day I just started faking confidence on stage to see if I could and then eventually it turned into actual confidence. So I guess my advice to new musicians would be to fake it 'til you make it.
What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
Our biggest challenge is that two of our members live in Melbourne while the rest of us live in Adelaide. It means that rehearsals with the full band are few and far between. To overcome this, the Adelaide members rehearse together on a weekly basis and record it on a Zoom recorder. Then we send the recordings to the Melbourne members so that they can play along at home. In the last 12 months we've only had two rehearsals with every member in the same room, but somehow it still works.