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Shisa delivers sustenance to the musical palate.

I interviewed Shisa after discovering his mouth-watering (memory) LP released via AMDISCS: Futures Reserve Label. Shisa comes from the modern crop of fresh, organic minds that grow from the ground up to bring tasty flavors to gurgling stomachs.

AMDISCS gathers some of the rarest spices from around the world, with artists that add to the Internet’s creative hot-pot. With a musical touch that lets you appreciate bursts of sonic flavor, Shisa is one artist that should definitely be enjoyed.

Shisa is a savory addition to anyone’s indie stew.


Reuel:

Tell us a bit about where you grew up — the home that influenced your sound.

It’s definitely representative of our generation.

Shisa:

Whoa dude thanks. I mean my dad was in the marines so my family and I moved a lot. I used to live in Japan and I think that plus growing up in Pittsburgh added to my sound.

Oh, and I’ve tried to veer more into drone and ambient techno/house.


Merzbow vs Smoke DZA & ASAP Rocky – 4 Loko (Shisa Mix)

Reuel:

Ah, so are the chopped and screwed tracks something you just dabble into?

Shisa:

I mean the chopped and screwed shit I do just for fun. My noise/drone dreamy stuff was something I was really into at the time of their recording.

Reuel:

I’ve seen that a lot lately with young artists who’ve related various genres and made the sounds their own. There’s no one label to put on the sound you’ve released so far, which is I think is awesome.

Shisa:

Now, I wanna make people dance — but not lose my authenticity. I was talking to [fellow AMDISCS label-mate] MASCARA earlier and like I wanna make beats for me, that I can feel comfortable with.

Reuel:

Hell yeah! Life’s all about dancing, really. I think you’ll find that sound. You’re definitely on the right track with what you’ve released so far.

Shisa:

That means a lot to me man. I know I’ll get there. It’s just a matter of time.


Shisa – xnothxr dxy txrns u xn (teams & dam funk)

Reuel:

I actually found out about you because I’ve been giving Teams vs Star Slinger quite a few plays. While looking back on Teams’ work with AMDISCS, I stumbled upon your sounds.

What do they do with you in terms of releases, management, and live shows? How did you get in touch with the label? And what have you learned working with them?

Shisa:

Oh for sure. AMDISCS is cool as hell. I did a remix for BOY MTN on his Green Book EP forever ago. And then he helped me get in touch with AMDISCS. It’s all laid back.

I mean, I’ll hit ’em up and maybe have an EP I wanna put out, they’ll give me dates that are cool for them and what not. I’m in my last year of high school so I play shows here.

Shisa

Labels like them don’t dictate what you do. It’s free. But they help and you learn to build off others and be chill. Making friends is always the right thing to do.

Reuel:

How have your live shows been so far? Have your crowds been receptive?

Shisa:

Dude, they’re so fun. There’s this spot up here called the Beach House. It’s an indie venue that Ben Tabas and I run. I sorta just send musicians his way sometimes. I’ve played shows there and made a lot of friends.

It’s a smaller scene, but I mean bands from all over the US have played there.

Reuel:

What is it that you wish to convey with your sound, if it’s possible to explain in words. If not, give us something to relate it to?

Shisa:

I really just wanna make people happy with music. Which is another reason I wanna add a dance/chill vibe. I have this odd thought: the more I become known, the more people I will make happy.

I remember listening to SUPERCAR and thinking: “Wow, I don’t know if they thought some kid in the US would be listening to them when they started making music.”

Reuel:

Wait, SUPERCAR? I got into them because of some movies I watched in high school.

Shisa:

Oh, Ping Pong. Yeah dude, Japanese band.

Reuel:

Yea, that’s it! So they were a big inspiration?

Shisa:

Hah yeah, I’ve got their whole discography but I’ve never seen the film haha.

Reuel: 

Any last words for anyone at all?

Shisa:

Never give up. Because that’s what they want you to do.


If you want to enjoy more Shisa: just listen to him

(or hit him up on Facebook).

feature photo credit: Brittany Hartman courtesy of Shisa

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