1. Hello, thank you for your time, please introduce yourself in a few words!
My name is C. SHIROCK – Chuck Shirock – an alternative pop artist just recently based in Los Angeles (before living in Nashville). I grew up in the Philippines and Scotland, moved to Detroit, then Nashville for University, now LA! Just released my latest single, “All We Have Is This Moment,” from my forthcoming full length album, out later 2020!
2. Please give us an update about – new single, new album, tourdates, new videos?!
A lot of new things! I’m in the process of releasing singles from my forthcoming album (out later this year), and just released the 5th song from it! It’s called, “All We Have Is This Moment,” and is about staying present in the midst of uncertainty, change…it has taken on a new life being released in the middle of this virus pandemic…it’s a reminder to myself live in the moment, because we never know what tomorrow holds. (Something I have a very hard time putting into practice.)
I’ve released 3 music videos – the most recent just passed 1.5million views, and the one before is close behind! Those are for “Lost To The Night” and “Stand With Me Tonight.” I love making music videos…hope to do at least 1 or possibly 2 more for this album.
Tour dates – I can’t wait to perform live! It’s one of my favorite feelings, and I miss it so much. Hopefully we’ll be announcing some tour dates soon around the album release later this year.
3. Name 5 things we all should know about you as an artist?!
1 – C. SHIROCK is pronounced ’shy-rock’ – Italian last name, originally „Scirocco”
2 – I grew up playing piano from when I was about 4 or 5, then learned guitar when I was 13
3 – I write poetry – I end up pull lyrics and inspiration from my poems, but those often come first
4 – My first band (I was 13) was a pop punk band called Wild Chicken Coup (very glad that didn’t work out)
5 – I’m working hard on learning French
4. What can we expect 2020 from you?
A lot more music, (hopefully) a poetry book, live performances… I’m settling in to a creative flow it feels like, and I hope to be writing / recording / releasing a lot of new music this year… I’m already writing for the next album!
5. Do you have bad habits? A guily pleasure you cant seem to quit?
I love slow mornings…I’m trying to become a morning person! My ideal morning is slow to get out of bed, coffee, reading, writing, a little piano…but I’m trying to create new patterns of moving faster, and having more productive mornings.
6. Beside music, do you have any special talents?
I love cooking – I hate following recipes, so it tends to be either really great or really bad, and always hard to repeat. But I love cooking simple, somewhat rustic style food. I always have jazz playing in the background when I’m cooking.
7. Being on stage feels like….!
Liberation – freedom – a chance to express myself in ways that I can’t in any other situation.
8. Must Have – and No-Go in your Wardrobe! – Favorite Fashion Brand and Fragrance?
I love fashion – favorite pieces lately…last summer I went on vacation in Greece with my partner and some friends, and during this quarantine I’ve been dreaming of that again. So linen dress shirts, linen pleated pants…favorite brands recently, Bottega Veneta, Berluti, Loro Piana, I love Oliver Peoples glasses…
Fragrance – recently been loving Byredo Mr Marvelous…very spring and summery.
9. A question you’d like to answer, but never been asked in an interview before?! + Answer pls
First one that came to mind is, “How do you want to be remembered?”
I recently watched the Pavarotti film, and I remember the movie begins and ends with his wife asking him that… for me, I hope I create music, art and poetry that will continue to connect with people long after I’m gone. I hope what I create speaks truth into peoples lives, makes them feel connected and not alone. I hope it continues to inspire people…I think art made with a spirit of authenticity and vulnerability – with a sense of rawness and emotion, will stand the test of time. I hope I create work that does that. Personally, I hope to have lived fully – without hesitation or reserve. To have been a little reckless…I pour love and generosity on the people I’m with, and to one day be able to look backwards with no regrets.