Interview: Shanee Pink

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by Deanna Chapman

Check out our interview with Shanee Pink! We had the chance to find out what it was like growing up in two different countries, The Laurel Canyon Music Revival and much more.

Can you tell us what it was like being born in LA and growing up in Tel Aviv?

I grew up in LA till I was 9. My life consisted of being at home, carpooling to school- a very conservative school in the valley, and then be driven back home again. When I moved to Israel I got to walk to school everyday, go to the girls and boys scouts (it’s co-ed there and what all the popular kids do which is surprising) and basically live an independent life from a young age due to the very socialist culture over there where kids hang out in the city streets cause it’s safe. I felt like I was born again when my parents moved there. After the slight culture shock I loved how it was real. People are direct there and very honest. It was so refreshing. The best thing that ever happened to me.

How did that help shape your musical influences?

The music on the radio in Israel wasn’t very commercial until a couple of years ago. DJ’s played whatever they wanted without any labels pushing things on them. So there was always the best music playing from every kind of genre and year. A very eclectic mix. My influences are very eclectic. I just like whatever rings sincere to me. From Johnny Cash to Edith Piaffe to Depeche Mode and all the way back to Frank Sinatra and David Bowie.

What made you decide to break off from Pink & Noseworthy to pursue a solo career?

Life just happened. We were pulled in different directions. It was never a decision we made we just felt like doing other things with other people. Mark is now playing with Edward Sharpe & Co and I’m very happy for him.

You curate The Laurel Canyon Music Revival – can you tell us a bit about that and how you started it?

Yeah. It started at my house when I lived in Laurel Canyon. I had the idea of starting a salon once a month for artists to hang out with each other and share the music they’ve written lately. I wanted to make new friends in the community and so I had the idea to offer a place for everyone to casually hang out and play and bring their friends. It caught on and got bigger every time. One day Moby showed up and played in my living room. He kept coming after that and I knew we had created something special in LA. I later decided to move it out of my house and onto Fairfax ave. because west Hollywood was lacking a place for good music and good people. And I wanted to bring it to the streets and have it be an official part of the city. So it’s at The Kibitz Room for now.

Since you’ve been in both LA and NYC, what are some of the differences as far as the music scene goes? Do you prefer one over the other?

I don’t prefer one over the other. NYC is great for stimulation/inspiration and for playing live shows because people go out hungry for music and culture there. Where in LA I feel like there’s just more time and space to make and write music and collaborate with other artists. I do miss playing on the subway. It was the best way to practice with a built in audience.

What all do you have planned for this release? Will you be touring?

I don’t yet have a planned tour but I’m hoping to play around Europe this fall. I am gonna have a big album release party to celebrate the completion of this EP.

Are you planning to continue Pink & Noseworthy while also having a solo career?

Not at the moment. But I wouldn’t resist a reunion if that ever happened in the future.

Where can our readers find you on social media?

I’m on Instagram @shaneepink and same goes for Twitter and Facebook.

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