Check out our interview with rising queer alt-pop artist Shane Garcia who just released a new single “Evil Twin,” a song drawn from their past experiences with mania.
The metaphor of an “evil twin” is used to illustrate the disconnected nature of Garcia’s manic self and the destruction caused to themselves during these mental health episodes.
Follow Shane @shanegarciaaa
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Passionate, empathetic, introvert.
Who influenced you and why did you choose to make music?
Marina, I started listening to her at 15 and listening to her pen work inspired me. I chose to make music because it’s the only thing that ever made sense for me.
Do you play any instrument?
Tell us about your new single “Evil Twin.” What’s the story behind the song?
“Evil Twin” is about the parts of me that cause damage in life, I struggled with mental health issues for a while and had bouts of mania that led to unsavory decisions.
What is the most rewarding part of your work?
That I can connect with people from all parts of life, and can gift the feeling of being understood like I did with music.
What book should every aspiring musician read?
The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
What would say are the greatest lessons you learned so far?
Don’t take things personally, move from a place of love.
What advice would you give to your younger self and why?
I would tell young Shane that this is your world too, and to not be afraid to exist loudly in it.
How would your best friend describe you?
Grounded, but chaotic
How would you explain your fashion style?
I have no idea why this is such a hard question to answer, but I will say it’s a mix of alt / cottage core / street wear
If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?
Bell Hooks. I really thought I was able to meet her in this lifetime. But I would just want to have a simple conversation with the woman whose writings had such an influence in my personal life.
If you were going on tour, what would be your dream line up?
Marcos G, Lily Massie, Kehlani
Current favorite song?
“Pass the Nirvana” – Pierce The Veil
Where we can follow you online?
Album: Collide With The Sky – Pierce the Veil
Book: All About Love – Bell Hooks
Quote: “Be like the flowers and be uplifted by rain”
Movie: The Princess Bride
TV Series: New Girl
Favorite Food: rice & beans
Travel Destination: Dominican Republic
Photo Credit: Janelle Brosnan