Shakey Graves on the Thrill of Writing a Great Song: "Holy Shit, I Made This?"
Rose-Garcia's writing and recording process is best described as compulsively organic; he isn't concerned with how long it takes to write and release music. It just happens.
In December 2012, Shakey Graves released Donor Blues, an EP he calls a kind of supplement to his first independent release, 2011's Roll the Bones. Each of the songs on Donor were written and recorded in 2009 (as was a great bulk of the tracks appearing on Roll the Bones) when the singer was living and working as an actor in Hollywood.
"The acting industry in Los Angeles couldn't be more opposite of organic creation," he says. "You go out there as a human furniture piece and you try to be the best piece of furniture until you become the house, I guess... I don't know. That's a terrible analogy."
Introduced to acting at a young age by his mother, the Texan really took to the performance aspect of the craft. And even though he's enjoyed moderate success as an actor (Rose-Garcia has worked with fellow Austinite Robert Rodriguez on several occasions and had a recurring role on Friday Night Lights), Shakey Graves has become a kind of therapeutic outlet for the young musician to narrate his own story.
"Music is the thing that I've curated myself. It's my calling, I guess," he says. "It's what I really found and then developed entirely out pure love for it. And for me, I'm going to do it whether someone's watching it or not."
People are definitely watching.
Shakey Graves. Opening for He's My Brother, She's My Sister and Paper Planes. Saturday, March 2. The Vagabond, 30 NE 14th St., Miami. The show starts at 10 p.m. and tickets cost $10 plus fees via wantickets.com. Ages 18 and up for women, 21 and up for men. Call 305-379-0508 or visit thevagabondmiami.com.
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