Pistolwhip von Shankenstein (but you can call me Ian Starkey if I am not wearing the red shoes!).
Where are you from?
A farm in the Sovereign Township of Mono, Ontario.
Name of band:
Who else is in your band?
John David Brumell AKA Colonel Crankshaft (on the drums).
How would you describe yourselves?
In a very kind critic's words... "Epic, awesome and surreal".
Who are your main influences musically?
Hmm... my father's classical record stack, Black Sabbath and 80's new wave FM radio.
What do you hope to achieve in music?
To share gifts I have received with as many people as possible.
What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Recording an as yet unreleased album entitled Prisons of Ecstasy with Nicke Andersson in Stockholm, Sweden. Amazing to find out that a musical hero is also a fucking awesome human being and getting to spend some time together with him. Huge validation for my work as a songwriter and singer.
And what’s the moment you want to forget?
The morning after the Prisons of Ecstasy wrap party at the Hotel Reisen in Gamla stan...
If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Of released Shanks material probably When We Come from our last LP Surfing The Lexicon. That track probably portrays the epic nature of our rock vision, the sweeping vista of melody and the sense of grand abandon that pervades the typical Shanks jam!
Where can we listen to it?
There is a "travelogue" video of our very first visit to Berlin, When We Come is the soundtrack...
Where can we find out more about your music?
Anything else you’d like to say about your band/music that I forgot to ask?
The real reason to write, record and attempt to propagate these songs (through touring, making videos etc.): In me being me, I hope to encourage others. I feel super-fortunate to be a person who gets to play music, the message for others is to not give up on the hopes and dreams they once had of being able to do something creative in their lives to express who they really are. My greatest hope is that something in this music will resonate within people and let them know that it is OK to become more fully what they were made for. The deepest human joy in this life is to be known fully and loved - everyone has got some music to make.