Infidel Interview #134: Twitch

First of, just want to thank you for participating in this edition of Infidel Interviews. Could you start off by giving a little information about you to the audience? Whatever you feel comfortable with, but name, age, and where you live would be pretty standard?

Hello! My name is Shayne “Daemon_w60” Lawrence, I’m 39 years old, and I’m the sole writer/programmer/vocalist for the industrial/metal/hiphop solo project Twitch! I currently reside in the Calgary, Alberta region of Canada.

How do you enjoy where you live? Is there a vibrant music community where you are? Would you say you find that your local scene influences your attitude and/or creativity?

It’s alright, I don’t want to stay here forever, but I do have some really good friends here (as well as some family). I wouldn’t say the music scene here is vibrant, Calgary is a corporate oil and gas city, and it is quite a tough town to play consistent gigs here… we also don’t get a lot of larger tours here (larger bands seem to skip Calgary, although every once in a while a tour rolls through here [Ministry just played here not too long ago]), although, we do have one of the only Dark/Goth/Industrial festivals in Canada… matter of fact I think it’s the only one... which is alright… it’s always exciting to see what bands will be playing every year the fest has been going on! I’m not sure the scene here really influences my attitude or creativity… I mean with the first album I did under Twitch, a lot of that was what was going on around me at the time… to be honest it was a very negative album (which I find really hard to revisit), I was very depressed and angst ridden, as well as very angry, so for that album yes, it was the local scene and Calgary that influenced that album (Although, if you are asking if, musically speaking, was I influenced by other bands, I would have to say no, I definitely tried [and still try] to do something different [I don’t like copying other sounds/bands, I would rather do something original])… but the following album (We Are Here To Dance!) was quite different and more positive… it wasn’t so much about what was going on around me, but more of an attitude shift (I couldn’t stand being in that negative state anymore, it was making me sick, so I changed to a positive state of mind), and I wasn’t so focused on issues going on in my life, and more so focusing on larger issues of what was going on in the world at the time (9/11 and shit) and how I was feeling about that, and as time has gone on, I tend to focus on more world issues (especially with the current state of politics in the U.S. right now as well as our previous Prime Minister here in Canada [the album “The Block, The Stream, and The Key” was heavily influenced by that]). What do you see in the near, and far, future for your creative output?

I’m currently working on the next EP, which I hope to have out in August (2018)… Then hopefully not too long after that a new album (hope to release that sometime in the fall)… I like staying productive and I’m always writing! As far as far future, I already have ideas for potential albums and what they are gonna be thematically (even have names for them already). I would like to have 40 or more albums out by the time I die… at least that’s the goal. Ideally, I try to have an album out once per year… failing that, a double album every two or three years. I don’t want to be 80 or 90 and only have a small handful of albums… I want to be constantly writing and releasing (if I could do two albums per year that would be even better)!

Do you consider yourself to be part of a particular sound or scene? What is your thoughts on the nature of genres and styles, and do you have any particular ones which you find to your enjoyment more, listening and/or production-wise?

I do not consider myself part of a particular sound, as I mentioned above, I’m trying to do something different… as far as scenes go, I would say that I do consider myself as part of the goth/industrial scene with a leaning to industrial. I think it’s ok to classify music to specific styles in order to label your music, so people have a general idea as to what you are doing... and ca