While most people like to perform under a moniker, Shane Rennison felt detached when she used a pseudonym. Previously, he released songs under the moniker “Rennii” but according to him, he often felt detached from the music he was making.
It wasn’t until 2019 that Shane Rennison bought a guitar, and that was when the fire-burning desire in him was rekindled. Since then, he has dedicated his life to sharing awesome music with music lovers across the globe, and a bit of that is his latest EP which is titled “Nice To Meet You.”
In a recent interview with Mister Styx of Musicarenagh, Shane Rennison was asked the real inspiration behind “Nice To Meet You” and this is what he had to say:
“I chose Nice to Meet You because I feel it’s a perfect name for a debut project. It’s like “hey, nice to meet you, here I am!” I just loved the effect it had on the project as a whole.”
Nice To Meet You” contains five tracks that are like a sneak peek into the life of the sensational singer and songwriter. The EP is a blend of Shane’s favorite a blend of pop, rock, and rap.
In the interview, Shane Rennison delved deeper into his personal life and shared some of his achievements as well as the challenges that he has faced on his musical journey.
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What is your stage name
Is there a story behind your stage name?
I decided to start releasing music with my real name as a metaphorical way of bringing authenticity to my projects. I used to release music under the moniker Rennii and I often felt detached from the music I was making.
Where do you find inspiration?
At this point in my life, inspiration can come from anywhere. I work really hard spiritually to connect to the highest vibrations of love that exist in the universe so every moment of every day feels so fresh and alive. Therefore, something as simple as cooking a nice meal can be inspiring for me. Life is so awe-inspiring. It’s just a matter of us gaining that perspective.
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
I’m kind of a late bloomer when it comes to being a musician. I played the trombone in middle school but never really took it seriously. In 2019 I bought my first guitar and as soon as I started learning, I knew it was something I wanted to dedicate my life to.
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
To be honest, not really. I come from a family of hard workers, which is where I get my work ethic from but I have no musicians in my direct family. A few distant cousins here and there played some instruments but no one that would’ve inspired me at a young age to pursue music. That being said, my dad is a classic rock and roller from the ‘70s so there was always good music being played in the house.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
There’s really no person that I can point to as someone who inspired me to be a part of the music industry. I just had this feeling when I started learning music theory that it was something I was supposed to be doing with my time on earth. It just felt so right I knew almost instantly that I had to get started and see how far I could take it.
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
A lot of YouTube videos! I just started looking up basic exercises on the guitar and piano and coupled that with a consistent vocal routine.
Writing music kind’ve came naturally to me. I have this innate ability to hear clear, unique melodies. So it was really a matter of learning instruments and music theory so that I could better understand these melodies that I was hearing in my head and get them out efficiently and effectively.
What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
Super random but my family and I actually own a kettle corn business. One of the venues we do is Bethel Woods Performing Arts Center in upstate New York. So basically from the time I was 8 years old, I’ve seen some of the best musicians stepping on the stage. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Deep Purple, The Eagles, Elton John – just to name a few. I’m extremely fortunate for this!
How could you describe your music?
I usually describe my music as a blend of pop, rock and rap. My three favorite genres!
Describe your creative process.
My process is mostly about creating a safe space in which to create. As a musician, I work tirelessly to become a true instrument of the universe so that the highest vibrations of love can manifest through my medium (music). Therefore, I just have to create ideal conditions for the spirit to flow through me.
This means I have to be in a comfortable setting so that I can fully surrender to the creative flow of energy. Once I have that space, it’s just about finding the right tool (instrument) to “get out” whatever is trying to manifest in that moment. And then once I feel comfortable in my space and I’ve found the right tool for the moment, the energy guides me in manifesting my spirit’s intention.
It’s hard to articulate because it’s become such a spiritual practice for me but it’s gotten to the point where I can create that space pretty easily and work consistently on new material.
What is your main inspiration?
Honestly just life in general. I’ve worked hard over the past few years to develop a healthy, spiritual regimen and this has allowed me to be fully present in each moment. Therefore, every moment of every day just feels so alive and rich.
We are all connected as one pure moment of energy and so through this understanding I am able to conjure up motivation and inspiration from just about anything. There’s magic all around us!
What musician do you admire most and why?
In modern times, I’d say Harry Styles and Miley Cyrus. They’re just two prime examples of true artists. You can say what you want about their music but their creative identity is so real.
I also have an affinity for classic rock and rollers that have stood the test of time. Guys like Steve Miller, Billy Joel, The Rolling Stones – just to name a few. They give me hope that it’s possible to find longevity in the music industry and that it can be done on your own terms.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
Absolutely! Like I said, I started out as a rapper. However, that music never really felt authentic or real for me so it gradually evolved into the music I’m making today.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
I know its cliche but myself. I don’t compare myself to anyone else. We’ve all been born into this physical reality, some with more and some with less. It’s about utilizing the opportunities given to your unique human experience to create the best version of yourself. There’s no one in this universe that changes that work for you.
What are your interests outside of music?
I’m a big New York sports fan. I love the Knicks, Jets, Mets and Rangers. I love to hike, play basketball, workout, meditate and do yoga. I love to cook as well. I’m in the kitchen just about every night creating a feast for myself.
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
I’ve always said if not for music I would be some sort of exotic travel guide. Basically, just an excuse to travel the world consistently.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
Just getting my name out there. I’m from a small town in the mountains so it’s been a challenge just building recognition. But in this modern day of technology and social media, we’re able to do so much while living in rural areas. It’s just a matter of time!
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
It’s hard to say. The industry is so fluid and ever-changing as it is that I really don’t think too much about what I’d like it to look like. I focus more on what I want my life to look like and how that plays into the music industry.
Why did you choose this as the title of this project?
I chose Nice to Meet You because I feel it’s a perfect name for a debut project. It’s like “hey, nice to meet you, here I am!” I just loved the effect it had on the project as a whole.
What are your plans for the coming months?
Currently my team and I are working on releasing a live EP with three songs that we recorded with a full band. There are two videos that will be released on YouTube as part of the project, along with the EP releasing on digital streaming platforms on November 24th.
We’re also getting ready to release a full-length LP. We hope to release that in early 2024.
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans
To be honest, not really. I feel as though I have so much work to do on my own right now that I’m just not in a place where I feel collaboration is necessary. We still have to better understand our own creative identity before tying it in with others.
What message would you like to give to your fans?
My whole point for pursing music is to show that our work as human beings is to discover our true passions and then to use them as outlets for the unconditional love of the universe to enter into our physical reality.
I chose music because it spoke to me but everyone has their own unique passion that they themselves must discover. This is the work of the spirit. You must look deep within yourself through open meditation to fully understand what it is you’re supposed to be doing with your time here on earth. And then go do it!