Essential Questions: Shamir on Saving Himself and Invisible Haters - Beat Magazine

Essential Questions: Shamir on Saving Himself and Invisible Haters

A lot has happened in the world of Shamir – aka one of our fave millennials – since he caused a commotion with pop banger ‘On The Regular‘ back in 2014. He’s left his former label XL, suffered a psychotic episode and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, whacked up on soundcloud a self-recorded album called Hope that he wrote in one weekend, and now after signing to Father/Daughter Records he’s releasing the album Revelations.

First cut from that new album is the reflective anthem ’90’s Kids’ – check out the vid for that below. We fired over some essential questions to check in with Shamir about saving himself, trusting men and invisible haters.

What’s your worst habit?
Probably smoking cigarettes.

Tell us about a recent dream you’ve had…
I woke up on a random person’s floor in Frankfurt, Germany. Which is crazy cause I’ve never been to Frankfurt.

Do you believe in magic?
Oh most definitely.

Who is the most famous person in your dms?
Probably Carrie Brownstein. We often check in on each other.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I’ve never had a personal computer or laptop.

What are you scared of?
Myself.

Is punk dead?
It’s in critical condition.

If you could go back in time, when and where would you go?
Probably in the 90’s when rock and guitar music was topping the charts.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
I’m not sure cause I always do what I want to do anyway.

What’s your greatest regret?
Trusting men.

What’s your biggest fail?
Like every trig test I’ve ever taken.

How was high school?
Bearable.

Is sex important to you?
Not at all, I’m actually saving myself.

What’s the worst thing anyone has ever said to you?
I’m not sure, I cant see the haters.

What is the closest you’ve ever come to death?
When i had a psychotic episode recently.

Have you ever broken the law?
I’m sure at some point.

When and why did you last cry?
This morning when I realised I only got an hour of sleep.

Is the glass half full or half empty?
Always half full.

What’s your go-to karaoke song?
Like any Patsy Cline.

What’s the biggest problem facing humans as a species?
White supremacy.

Who or what is the biggest threat to the music industry?
The internet. Stan culture. Novelty music.

What’s your writing process?
It varies, but usually me watching TV with my guitar.

What do your family think of your music?

They like it, I guess?

How would you describe your sound?
Forever changing.

What would your biography be titled?
“My preferred pronoun is the H.B.I.C”

What’s for dinner?

I’m not sure but I hope they have gluten free options.