Shad Harris


I've been playing Professionally since 1966. From then until October of 2000 my main instrument was the Drum Set. I survived a brain ischemia but suffered a significant left-side compromise and the loss of ability to continue playing the Drum Set. So I now apply the skills I have left to the Roland Shoulder Synthesizer often referred to as a Keytar. It's an instrument I can control with one hand. Which is perfect for me as I am one-handed due to my left side being compromised by the stroke. It all worked out great by 2003 I was proficient enough to do open mic gigs. and shortly thereafter a band formed and became The Groovenators. Four "old dudes" playing old songs, having a Blast! I've acquired a few bits and pieces of gear and I'm able to record, mix, and even master audio tracks right here in my bedroom/office/studio at an acceptable level. I just want to play until I can't play. I teach music at the local Community College. Actually I direct a Band, is more accurate. I started a project in 2006 called Blues Band 101. It's a Community based American Roots Music band. Over the years I observed a desire by many to want to participate. Skill level is and will Always Be the Determining factor when it comes to certain criteria, but for enjoyment one just needs a "safe place to play". And in this safe space I provide what help I can. It's an eight session, one session per week, course. We learn, and rehearse a 20-song list of cover songs from whatever genres we choose. A public concert at a local, popular venue, usually the day after the last session, but sometimes the week after, is the pay off. It's been a limited success and for me a chance to put my education to use and a real Personal Pleasure!






What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music is the only True Magic. Music doesn't give, it allows.

What is your music dream?

To Always be able to play.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

I do change the world, everyday, and when I am successful it is inevitable that I start with myself...

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Probably, Happy Birthday.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Taj Mahal, Keb Mo, Return To Forever, Weather Report, Prince, James Brown, George Duke, Dennis Chambers

What inspires you to make music?

Inspiration is like perfection. It happens; often a sound track is suggested, implied...

What is the message you want to send with your music?

The specific message of any song I write is whatever I'm feeling at the time I write it. But in general I'm telling stories about everyday life. And the overall tendency is to view that everyday life as being just that.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Mostly connected...

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

I started playing for money in 1966. I made $60.00 for a 4 hour jazz standards gig. They even fed us Prime Rib. I just did a Sunday afternoon 3 hour set for $50.00 and to be fair, they fed us too. Very well. I think the well drinks are free, but I don't drink so I don't know. My point is, this is 2018 almost 19 and I'm still making that same 1966, $50-60. The base pay throughout the various regions fluctuates according to the local economies, but the ratios are consistent. Point is, If you want to make a living you're going to have to commit to one of several ways of going about it. There are several information sites on the web that can guide you through a process that would get you started. But diversity is the key.

What do you think of Drooble?

So far, I like the vibe! -- I've taken Drooble for an extended test drive and I'm in! It's a great concept.the format is excellent. When I first started playing music the major promo for All Music was done by way of the radio. I had my Favorite radio station's call letters "programed" into my car radio push buttons. KYA, KDIA, KSOL AND KSAN-FM. Well, "Video killed the radio star" and now the internet dominates where RADIO & T.V. once reigned. The Radio station Drooble provides is accessible and verdant. There is great potential here, I am glad to have discovered Drooble and I hope for and anticipate that this site will become very successful.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Not being able to play...

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Absolutely! Go to the venues and $upport the bands.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Determination! Discipline, Passion, Humility, Empathy.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

George Whitsell; Joe Lococo; Gary Hamilton; The Doorslammers. The Groovenators