After beginning out within the band I See Stars, Devin Oliver assessments the waters of solo music-making with a sling of thrilling new tracks as shYbeast: “no 1 else”, “Will Your Coronary heart Have Room,” and extra seize the blossoming of a brand new artistry within the making!
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The extra I’ve been capable of discover these two worlds (of rock and dance) as separate entities, the higher I really feel I perceive what must occur to create one thing the place they will stay in true concord.
For a number of years, Detroit native Devin Oliver rocked the mic because the lead singer for electronicore group I See Stars. Then a well being scare set in and Oliver was pressured to retire from his beloved music scene for an prolonged interval. As soon as the precise time got here, the singer repositioned himself as a one-man solo challenge known as shYbeast. After first establishing his new title as a visitor vocalist with EDM producer Crankdat final 12 months, shYbeast is about to transition right into a headlining act, beginning along with his newest singles “no 1 else” and “Will Your Coronary heart Have Room.”
Was it arduous to like?
Was it ours to carry?
I wasn’t what we’re each pondering
I can’t keep if we’re each leaving
I don’t wanna act all stunned
We’re holding on by one another’s eyes
The toughest a part of me leaving you
Is nobody else will ever do
In a way, “no 1 else” is a thematically applicable alternative for a debut single as a solo artist: It’s a track that describes the sensation of being alone within the wake of a sudden loss.
Within the writer’s personal phrases, “no 1 else” is “a letter to those I’ve ever needed to say goodbye to; a reminder to anybody on the market who has ever misplaced a liked one, to by no means maintain on to unfavourable power. Acknowledge that a part of your journey and look ahead to what’s subsequent. Embrace the nice that comes out of any relationship or expertise, even when it’s arduous to search out; even when the nice was the place or who it led you to.”
“no 1 else” evokes this difficult course of life musically in addition to lyrically. “The dichotomy between the emotional verses and the aggressive drops within the track to me symbolize the unending rollercoaster we’re on,” Oliver explains. The emphatic shifts from rock to electronica contribute to that very same rollercoaster really feel as effectively, as does the zig-zagging between lightning, dancing and panoramic views of the Redwood Forest within the track’s memorable music video (see beneath).
When the music comes out for the world to hearken to, I really feel extraordinarily uncovered as a result of it’s simply me. It feels very very like you’re revealing your soul to the complete planet.
All in all, “no 1 else” validates Oliver as an skilled musician who’s well-positioned to maintain experimenting with varied mixtures of the musical types he is aware of and cherishes throughout his dawning solo profession. His follow-up single, “Will Your Coronary heart Have Room,” confirms that this early impression is legitimate: A swooping, intense outpouring of emotional power, the sultry second single aches with heart-on-sleeve sincerity as Oliver balances sturdy EDM manufacturing with fierce, strikingly soulful vocals.
“I wrote this track throughout an enormous transition in my life final 12 months,” Oliver explains. “I formally moved out of Detroit to Los Angeles on the time, and I by no means felt so remoted. I used to be faraway from a metropolis that held so many recollections and indifferent myself from the those that made me really feel most snug in life. My vital different and I additionally moved in collectively, which raised a variety of arduous questions over time and surfaced a variety of points we might have prevented earlier than hand. “Will Your Coronary heart Have Room” is a query that I had requested myself one million instances final 12 months. I share the melody with a particular feminine vocalist to assist inform the story.”
Devin Oliver spoke to Atwood Journal by which we collect a few of his chief ideas on the rising shYbeast challenge.
I really feel very bare with shYbeast. I really feel uncovered in methods you may by no means actually put together for.
Watch: “no 1 else” – shYbeast
Atwood Journal: You’re at the moment working as a solo artist after having began off because the front-man of the band I See Stars. What’s the transition from being in a band to performing independently been like?
shYbeast: I feel that, as an artist, it’s vital to specific your self freely in addition to to permit your self to be challenged. I See Stars has performed such an vital roll in my life for therefore many causes. Considered one of them is that I’ve all the time felt very challenged within the writing course of. You’ve 4 minds colliding at full velocity and they’re all closely armed with ardour. However when it’s time for the music to make its means out, we do it collectively and there’s a lot consolation in that.
With shYbeast, it’s very totally different. At instances, I really feel very bare with shYbeast. I really feel uncovered in methods you may by no means actually put together for. I’m challenged by solely myself most instances, which in some methods is essentially the most difficult factor I’ve ever skilled as an artist. However I additionally get to specific myself freely. If I’m enthusiastic about an concept or a lyric, I don’t actually need to ask anybody for validation, which feels very liberating. However when the music comes out for the world to hearken to, I really feel extraordinarily uncovered as a result of it’s simply me. It feels very very like you’re revealing your soul to the complete planet.
You’ve not too long ago returned to music after having taken a while off to deal with private points. What therapeutic worth do you discover in resuming your creative craft?
shYbeast: I took a variety of time to heal. I used to be dealt a extremely attention-grabbing hand the final 12 months & a half. However the music by no means stopped. I wrote extra lyrics in that time-frame than I had ever written earlier than. It’s kinda of a twisted perk as a author. When the world comes falling down, that tragedy acts nearly because the catalyst to your music and lyrics. It nearly offers that time-frame a larger which means that makes it nearly value it ultimately.
It appears you’re keen on to mix dance and rock music. Put collectively, what makes these two genres greater than the sum of their elements?
shYbeast: Among the biggest transitions in music tradition are when two separate genres come collectively to create one thing new. I feel we’ve reached a little bit of a digital street block as effectively, since rock music shouldn’t be what it use to be. I consider dance music is in want of a severe face carry. I additionally consider rock music ought to wrap its arms round these new colours within the dance group. It’s a aim I’ve had for fairly someday with I See Stars. shYbeast is an extension of that, however catering extra to the dance group. It’s arduous to perform this tastefully. It might so simply be “tacky” or really feel “unnatural.” The extra I’ve been capable of discover these two worlds as separate entities, the higher I really feel I perceive what must occur to create one thing the place they will stay in true concord.
Among the biggest transitions in music tradition are when two separate genres come collectively to create one thing new.
Your track, “no 1 else,” is a serious step ahead for you artistically. It’s a track that locations you because the producer and permits you to dive into your chosen lyrical matter. How vital are these heightened inventive tasks for you?
shYbeast: Manufacturing work is a really sturdy ardour of mine. I’m vocalist first. However music manufacturing is an enormous piece of my coronary heart. I wish to rating motion pictures sometime. When engaged on shYbeast music, I all the time suppose to myself, “might I hear this in a film?” I wish to paint an image with my music that overwhelms you. With the ability to showcase that on prime of sharing these tales of mine lyrically could be very rewarding. It’s one thing I’ve by no means had earlier than. With the band (I See Stars), I’m telling a collective story with my brother (Andrew Oliver aka Dream Seaside), who has been closely concerned in our lyrical course of because the very starting.
The place was the music video for “no 1 else” filmed? What was vital for you in deciding on the situation for the shoot?
shYbeast: The video was shot in San Francisco within the Redwood Forest. This location was strategically chosen due to its magnificence, after all. However this video had a variety of luck that got here with it. It rained that total day we have been taking pictures. Which was unimaginable, as a result of this observe is fairly rattling unhappy.
There’s fairly a bit occurring within the video for “no 1 else.” How do you are feeling as although the assorted scenarios– the dancing, the forest, the lightning, and so on.– all come collectively to assemble the general message of the piece?
shYbeast: This single is speaking about acceptance and transferring on from the lack of an outdated buddy. The rain, like I unhappy, was excellent as a result of this observe (lyrically) is fairly unhappy and actually deserved that to transcend within the video. The dichotomy of the track’s uplifting aggressive drop was matched with our studio set efficiency portion. Our dancers have been classical/jazz that I consider have been deciphering the emotional battle we really feel
when transferring on. Once I misplaced somebody some time again, I used to be all the time making an attempt to fill that void. However we’re all so deliberately and uniquely woven collectively that changing somebody isn’t potential and will by no means be the aim. We have to settle for the truth that nobody else will ever be capable of sit in another person’s seat on this life and be okay with that.
You’ve gotten the prospect to collaborate with a number of different indie artists in your current tracks: Crankdat on “Do You Thoughts” and Kayzo on “Merciless Love.” What has that course of been like? Who’re you planning or hoping to work with subsequent?
shYbeast: Each “Do You Thoughts” and “Merciless Love” to me have been nice alternatives to discover what I envision for this challenge. I’ve recognized each artists for fairly someday now. I’m very grateful that they allowed me to share their platform to introduce this new journey “shYbeast.” These songs are unimaginable. I do, nevertheless, have totally different plans for this challenge. I like collaborating and fusing two totally different minds collectively and I’ve many collabs within the works. However for this challenge and my standalone singles, I really feel a really sturdy pull to different/home – just like Rufus Du Sol. However the very last thing I wish to do is put partitions up. I’ll say, I’ll by no means restrict myself to 1 lane with shYbeast.
What are you going to be centered on subsequent? Any plans for a debut shYbeast album?
shYbeast: There are various objectives for 2020. I’m very centered on releasing singles till the tip of the 12 months. I wish to placed on my first present. I might say an album is one thing I wish to be certain that occurs on the proper time. Proper now, I couldn’t inform you when that might be. Hopefully sooner slightly than later!
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