Music and Conversation w/ Steve Shimchick of Cold Weather Company (WBDP 26)

Steve Shimchick is the singer & pianist for the New Jersey-based, independent alternative folk band Cold Weather Company (along with Brian and Jeff). We go over community building, song writing, inspiration along with the powerful places and feelings that music has allowed Steve to experience. Find Cold Weather Company at https://www.coldweathercompany.com/, https://open.spotify.com/artist/2ayD3f20lm9a4aKNtg2sUm, https://www.instagram.com/coldweathercompany/

Show Notes:

00:00 — Introduction

01:42 — Give us a life update Steve! (fall 2020)

03:00 — what is recording like during COVID-19?

05:05 — Have you had any unexpected upsides during this pandemic?

06:50 — Welcome walls, a recent single, please tell us about the influences that brought this piece together (Jeff had a riff when he was 16)

08:32 — Do you ever come up with music while cycling?

10:53 — Is it possible to have virtual Jam sessions nowadays?

12:11 — A moment of joy, a 9 minute song, theatrical elements, sounds from everyday life, tell us how you went about creating this song

15:23 — Piano from the song! (a moment of joy)

19:13 — Music video for “A Moment of Joy”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAE8dpkWTpk

24:29 — What is Cold Weather Conversations? (cold weather collective- https://www.coldweathercompany.com/collective/)

29:22 — Cold Weather cook offs… Michael is down

30:50 — With Spotify, Youtube, Patreon and other platforms like this do you find it easier to be an independent artist at this time?

34:23 — Are you guys on vinyl? (Find Light)

35:18 — Let’s talk about the Cold Weather Collective getting involved in things outside of just music with you (Clean ups, Black Lives Matter, Mental Health)

39:55 — How did you approach the buildup of the Cold Weather Collective/ Community? (https://www.coldweathercompany.com/collective)

44:58 — What is one aspect of your life outside of music that has directly influenced the way that you perform or write music? (love and shoutout for Brian and Jeff)

47:25 — what is an absurd habit that you have or an unusual thing that you love?

50:33 — We need to talk about your love for “The Office” (https://open.spotify.com/show/5T1519uHGVd6Te2xF5tKkR — an Oral History of the Office)

54:43 — If you could share the stage with any musician/band (dead or alive) who would it be?

57:36 — Can you describe an unexpected place that music or being in a band has taken you to?

1:00:37 — Name a role model that you have and tell us why you admire this person?

1:02:30 — If you could speak to a younger Steve at the beginning of his journey to start Cold Weather Company what would you say to him?

1:07:50 — Describe your ideal breakfast

1:09:27 — Find Cold Weather Company at https://www.coldweathercompany.com/ , https://open.spotify.com/artist/2ayD3f20lm9a4aKNtg2sUm, https://www.instagram.com/coldweathercompany/

Photo by Juliana Cordaro

Steve Shimchick is the singer & pianist for the New Jersey-based, independent alternative folk band Cold Weather Company (along with Brian and Jeff).

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