Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Ganes

Alex Ganes – USA – July 28, 1993

Jenks

Alex Jenks, USA, July 19, 1993. My childhood was a lot of church and classical music, being the son of two musicians. I was always the chubby kid in school, but my friendship and adventures with our singer, Alex Ganes, gives me some of my happiest memories growing up.

Shaune

Shaune Killough, USA, March 21, 1994: I was born and raised on the north shore of Long Island (much to my very Texan grandfather’s dismay). I have a heart condition that affected my ability to be physically active, so in my childhood instead of playing sports, I turned to a less physically-demanding, creative outlet such as playing music. Now I play 8 instruments and I’m a second-generation touring bassist, following in my dad’s footsteps <3

Bryan

Bryan Contreras, USA, September, 13th 1992: My childhood experience was very unique as I grew up speaking Spanish as my first language. My family comes from El Salvador (Small County in Central America) which made for great culture and food to be brought up on.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.

Ganes

Alex, Bryan and I met in high school. Shaune was a Craigslist success story. Though we’ve played together in different groups over the years, Shiffley is about six years old.

In my free time, I like to draw comics. Shiffley is this comic character who is a sleazy car salesman. Often times we can relate as musicians trying to push our music.

Jenks

I love the looks I get from my girlfriend’s family when I tell them I’m in a band 😉

Shaune

I started playing music when I was 5 years old as a drummer and pianist. Knowing since 1st grade that I wanted to be a rocker, that quickly expanded to bass and guitar (among several others). I floated around in several bands until 15 when I met Alex Ganes and Bryan Contreras through a Craigslist ad. In retrospect, none of us should’ve been looking for people on Craigslist at that age, but I’m glad I responded.

Bryan

My musical career started sophomore year of high school when I learned how to play expert level on guitar hero and rock band. I was a force to be reckoned with.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

Ganes

Our music generally has a surfy feel with sinister synths layered on top.

RE: “Drawing Skulls” – The act of drawing skulls is meant to symbolize the dark things that are done privately to externally appear functioning. Aesthetically, when shaping the song we were thinking about skeletons dancing in paradise. The song wrote itself out of necessity a year back. In the video we took the song’s title literally and captured our friend—and sick Brooklyn-based artist—Micah Burger drawing the single art.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

Ganes

I grew up playing the violin at a very young age. In school I picked up classical composition. As I grew older my tastes have developed and somewhere along the way I traded in the violin for a guitar. During the day I am a contractor doing work at YouTube on the music team (along with Shaune) and at night the four of us go to the basement and make music.

Shaune

I like to think being in a band is like having a high-maintenance girlfriend. It’s loud, expensive, and requires more time than I’d like to admit.

Jenks

One of the biggest “ups” we’ve had was the opportunity to open for Twenty One Pilots a few years back. Those guys were big inspirations to us and watching their show taught us a lot about how we need to perform.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

Ganes

“Drawing Skulls” was produced by our good friend Will Rosati. He has produced all of our stuff for the past two years and we have developed a good process. The song was mixed at Freshly Baked studios by the illustrious Alex Almgren (cameo in the video swapping hats with Micah). Shaune and I came up with the idea for the video. To add some life to the abstract phrase ‘drawing skulls’ we decided to interpret it literally. Through Almgren we met Micah Burger and got him on board. Shaune shot and edited the video in our basement at Shiffleyhäus.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

Ganes

While we are all from the Long Island area, we started Shiffley at the start of college (absence makes the heart grow fonder…I guess). We clicked as friends and good tunes soon came after. In the future we hope our music can support us enough to make more music.

Bryan

My future goal is to tour the world playing our music and living in Beverly Hills California… or Rancho Cucamonga.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

Ganes

For the most part, inspiration will come sporadically from the day to day of life. Over time when enough morsels of inspiration are combined a song can be created.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Ganes

Letting it come to you. The song has got to come to you. Each of us has one or two hits brewing inside of us. It’s a matter of figuring out a way to unlock it—and I am no master of this yet.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

Ganes

Thanks for the support! We are very grateful to those who have continued to follow along thus far in our journey. Let us know who you are—we love to talk!

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Ganes

Figure out what your purpose and goals are as a group/artist. Figure out the band dynamic. Once these are defined the rest will come naturally.

Jenks

Meet everybody, appreciate everyone’s effort, and always compliment your sound guy.

Shaune

Being in a band isn’t just about the music (or at least not anymore). Being a “startup” band requires that you take ownership of all aspects of business and media. Understand your audience, and make cool stuff to share with them!

Bryan

At the end of the day you need to do something that gives you purpose in life.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

Bryan

I don’t like to brag but we have done some dope shit. Google it

Ganes

We released two EPs (officially) – “Atomic Robot Man” and “Anthem City”. This will be our first album.

We’ve had the good luck of having our music featured on TV on E!, TruTV, MTV and the Travel Channel. We opened for Twenty One Pilots, the Plain White T’s, Night Riots, Donna Missal, Laura Stevenson, and many other amazing artists.

Jenks

As far as recognition, my mom thinks we’re really good!

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

Ganes

I constantly find that I have to put myself in new situations as a songwriter, embracing the uncertainty of the result. What worked for the last grouping of songs will surely be stale the next time around so it’s important to me to switch things up before a process gets too comfortable. This can come in the form of writing in a new space, with different equipment, collaborating with different people (generally non-musicians), etc.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Ganes

The Districts

Phoenix

NE-HI

Tyler, The Creator

The War On Drugs

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

Ganes

We collaborated with some really talented producers on the remixes for “Sleepless Night” – White Cliffs, Figaro, Shinynaut, VALNTN, and N2N. Definitely willing to collaborate with producers, artists, rappers…really anyone.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

Ganes

Website

http://www.shiffley.com

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/Shiff ley

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/_Shi ffley/

Twitter

https://twitter.com/_Shiffley

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/user/s hiffleyband

SoundCloud

https://soundcloud.com/ shiffley

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/ artist/5xNKJ10wkmeYrJp0gzsr39

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

Ganes

Spotify

https://open.spotify.com/artis t/5xNKJ10wkmeYrJp0gzsr39

SoundCloud

https://soundcloud.com/shiffley

Apple Music

https://itunes.apple.com/us/ar tist/shiffley/570668336

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Ganes

Happiest day, not sure exactly but I was probably on stage. Saddest day, I was definitely betrayed.

Jenks

My happiest day was probably the day I graduated college. It meant we as a band could finally practice and work directly together year-round. My saddest day was probably when we had to put my dog down a few years ago. I loved her; she was the baddest bitch out there.

Shaune

After college I worked as an Emergency Medical Technician. It’s during this time that my happiest and saddest days took place.

Bryan

Happiest day – probably when I lost my virginity. Saddest day – definitely when plain white tees didn’t offer us any of their pizza.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Ganes

Invest half into the band, a quarter into stocks, a portion to pay off school loans and donate some portion to charity… Not that luxurious an answer, I know.

Jenks

I’d invest a lot of it, because I think like a 40-year-old man. But definitely world travel with my girlfriend

Shaune

I would put a quarter of it directly into the band for miscellaneous projects, campaigns, and equipment upgrades, and the rest into real estate investments on behalf of the band to continue to fund the dream.

Bryan

Going to see a Conor McGregor fight cage side.


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