Jon Shaw | Lament for Sheena

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Lament for Sheena

by Jon Shaw

‘Lament For Sheena’, written by Amiel Mathebula in March 2004, is a song about his freind that died from a drug overdose.
Genre: Rock: Hard Rock
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Background
The music is put together as my sheer enjoyment and I never intended to write or produce for any audience in particular. It was born out of the idea that I had something to do, better than most other artists, but on my own terms. If you like it, thank you. If you don’t, I’m not really worried about that (great that you gave me a listen anyway). It’s for me, first and foremost, and I have to like it at the end of the day – all from a commercial, artistic and technical point of view. I’d hope you’d like to take this journey with me. I think the music shapes itself and then I go looking for an audience which may like it – it’s that sincerity and belief in my music that I have always wanted to shine through. I don’t make music to become famous, I make it to satisfy my artistic temperament, and that should make it mean something to you. I simply make it available and use my “business sense” to share it with you.

Vocals
Take Sting, Elton John, Rod Stewart and Bryan Adams and roll them into one big ball. Now cross that with Josh Groban and a little James Hetfield. That’s what my voice sounds like. The mitigating factor is that those artists are either American or British and I am South African and have that accent. Although, since I grew up imitating the artists a little American and British comes through – I am a product of globalisation.

Songwriting
My songwriting takes after songwriters such as Paul Simon and Bryan Adams – it has to be melodic and tell a story. It often contains modulation and structure that is reminiscent of the way Mutt Lange writes. Metallica and Iron Maiden creep in too. I am pretty precise when it comes to writing, and find myself fussing over little lyrical ideas that become very critical. The music has to be interesting, but I believe simple is better but ‘making it work’ can lead to quite complex ideas.

Arrangements
The arrangements are rooted in metal with low, chainsaw guitars. Again, there is a Metallica influence with my backline of drums and bass feeling slightly like Lars Ulrich but more with a Rage Against the Machine and Audio Slave feel. I would also say Steve Harris is a big bass influence on the sound. It always has to go back to a groove reminiscent of the way Micky Curry would carry a track. My guitar style is rooted in Metallica, Van Halen and Joe Satriani but I tend to make the rhythm guitars simplistic – with later influences being Within Tempation, Lacuna Coil and Evanescence. The whole orchestra thing runs deep with my passion for film scores. John Williams, Hans Zimmer, James Horner and David Foster are inspiration and there are certainly classical undertones. The dense vocal harmonies are definitely, firstly, a Queen trend, with Def Leppard a close second.

Production
In terms of production, I like to keep things a little raw but with tight production values. Everything must have its place but it must not be too clinical. The sound is definitely not straight metal. Yes, it has to be “heavy” in a lot of ways but I’m not trying to take it to extremes, as that’s not the point of the music. Its pop rock with a melodic metal backdrop that is something I haven’t heard before.

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