Shon Gale

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Mama told me I am just a couple of 4 letter words and I have always lived my life that way. I have been involved with music in many ways most of my life, from Roadie to Lead Guitar and loved every minute. I have been playing guitar since I was 7 and writing songs since I was 11. I grew up in a folk music commune in Northern California and later lived in the Haight Ashbury from May 1965 to November 1969 and got to learn at the feet of many of the greats, Big Brother and Quicksilver were my good friends and a big influence. I have been in several groups and been involved in many albums of music. I currently have 4 instrumental albums in the online stores.

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

It keeps me sane.

What is your music dream?

Simply to be allowed to produce what I hear all the time. A nice sized appreciative audience is always welcome.

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

I don't want to change the world. The way the world is helps me create.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Heart full of soul, Yardbirds. Page showed us how to do it.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Def Leopard, Led Zepplin, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, too many to list

What inspires you to make music?

Love and pain.

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

I have no message, I tell stories.

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

Empathic. I love to perform. Let's Rock! The rush gets so heavy sometimes I miss the beat. the larger the crowd the more I love it. The biggest audience I've ever played in front of was 17,000 and at first it was freaking intimidating. But we just got up there and did it like we rehearsed it and it went over great. I saved my soul with Rock and Roll.

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

The interaction between local bands and their local venues. I live in Eugene, OR and too many of the larger venues won't book local bands. They don't book local groups for opening acts no matter how popular they are. As a result the local club scene wastes all the great talent and has become just a wasteland with no money, no advancement.

What do you think of Drooble?

It is interesting. So far I love it. I really like the interaction with other users. I also enjoy critique as long as people are civil.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Record Companies.

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

I go to local gigs and I love to go to open mic's and even perform my new songs at them.

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

Be real.

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

Fresh, Talasan, Ace Of Cups, Fairfax Street Choir, Laura Allen