Randall Shreve & The Sideshow

11th Annual Eclectic Album Nominee
11th Annual Eclectic Song Nominee

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Record Label: Self-Released

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Home Base: Fayetteville, AR

Genre: Rock/Alternative

Categories Entered: Eclectic Album, Eclectic Song

Work Submitted: The Jester full length album

Label: Self-Released

Who are your influences? Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright, Tom Waits, Charlie Chaplin and Freddy Mercury.

Describe your nominated work. The Jester is a full length concept album with a melting pot of rock, 1930’s jazz and pop.

Did you use any unusual effects or instruments in this recording? Accordions (unusual for rock music).

Were there any happy accidents while in the studio, or did everything go as planned? Many happy accidents. But I was planning on having happy accidents so everything went as planned.

How did you raise the funds for this project? How long do you expect it will take to recoup your out-of-pocket recording expenses? We took out a loan to pay for recording and promotion of the record.  We payed the loan off within 2 months.

Why did you choose to submit this work to The 11th IMAs? In hopes that it might be heard by someone in the industry that gets it.

What’s your definition of success and how will you know when you’ve achieved it? Making beautiful music that moves people and continues to move me every time I play it. I have achieved this and will continue to.

How will you leverage your IMA honors to achieve your career goals? We’ll list them as honors we’ve received when putting together new press kits, EPKs, etc… Just the mention of the nominations has caused quite a response.

Who’s sitting in your audience and what makes your fans unique? My fans don’t fit into a category. That’s what’s so unique about them. All ages, all walks of life and always dedicated.

What is your guilty pleasure on the road? Any close calls or mishaps while on tour? Guilty pleasure would probably be fast food. It’s as tempting to me as cigarettes, but just as bad for me. The closest call we had was probably when we left the trailer open and headed down the interstate. We only ended up losing $1,000 in drum hardware. It could have certainly been worse.

Are there any songs you wish you wrote and why? Everything April Smith ever wrote. Because they’re beautiful.

What artists are you listening to that would surprise your fans? Dwight Yoakam, Mika, Scissor Sisters. I don’t know that my fans are ever surprised.

How do you discover new music? From friends I know who enjoy the same things as I do.

Do you buy music or are you content with streaming? I always buy.

How will musicians make a living if fans continue to expect music to be free? By creating unique live experiences. The creative process isn’t meant to stop when you have your audio creation in your hand.

What don’t fans/audiences understand about the music industry today? They don’t understand that they are often being force-fed trends and fads. Fans should tell the industry what is popular. The industry should have no say in what’s popular.

Are digital singles/EPs vs. full albums the future? I don’t believe so. People want to hear the artist’s latest story… Not just his/her latest thought.

Finish this sentence: The music industry is… currently more concerned with industry and not as concerned about the music.

What do you have in the works for the upcoming year? I’ll be touring a lot and releasing 2 EPs showcasing the songs that did not fit the the albums they were originally intended for.

Where can fans find you and your music: www.RandallShreve.com
twitter: @andthesideshow