Band defies labels, mixes genres
Summer is finally here, and those of you with the time are probably looking for something to do. Why not support a fellow Viking and local musician, Shayna Sands? Sands is a musical composition major who fronts a group called Shayna Sands Band, which will perform tonight at Vino Mio Social Club.
“I would say she’s going places,” said Richard Cruz, a sound recording technology student at DMC. “She’s an excellent songwriter, and she’s got a great style about herself. Her solo music is reminiscent of the ’60s, with a blend of new and inventive genre bending flavors.”
I spoke with Sands about the show, what music means to her and how being a music student at Del Mar aided her in the creative process.
Q: Do you have a goal to make it to the big time? Like MTV? Do musicians even want to be on MTV anymore?
A: “(Laughs) No … I think the goal is to reach an artistic vision that keeps changing. It’s kind of this unobtainable goal but it’s there to keep us creating.”
Q: How do you feel about playing live?
A: “The shows … that’s what your purpose is essentially because you’re able to share what you’ve been working so hard to create and therefore … it impacts people and that’s kind of what musicians are there for. The reason we want to play shows, and promote, and grow a following is so we can reach more people.”
Q: What drives you to perform and to keep writing? Do you have a specific message you want to get out there?
A: “Sometimes it’s a positive message but not always. It’s just something for people to be able to relate to and that’s really important. … I’m kind of a purist about things. Whatever emotion is going on with me, I try to tap in to that. … I don’t want to be superficial and I don’t want to make something superficial. I want to be honest and make something honest and really ring a chord with people. I think that just by being yourself and being honest and expressing that, I think it helps people. It helps people connect and feel human about themselves.”
Q: How has Del Mar helped you as a musician?
A: “Del Mar helped me to communicate the musical ideas I had in my mind to other musicians and it helped me to infuse classical techniques into my creative process. It helped add to the thing you draw from.
Q: The well?
A: “Yes! The well. It helped me add to the well.”
You can find Shayna Sands Band at facebook.com/shaynasandsmusic.