My Story

Ever since he can remember, Shaunt has been enthralled by music. Most adults around him remember his singing and dancing along to the beat of the drum, the groove of the bass, the roar of the guitars and the melodies of the human voice. As he started to grow up, he became fascinated by the idea of playing a musical instrument. Classical Piano training came first around the age of five, along with a short stint in the world of musical theatre. But as Shaunt matured, and ended up in a band as the lead singer, he realized that it was time to pick up another instrument and the guitar came calling. 

He formerly studied vocal performance with Grammy Nominated Artist and Songwriter, Jan Linder-Koda, who continues to be a source of musical inspiration along with her friend and L.A. studio stalwart, Marty Rifkin, who helped him record his first few demos. He has also had an excellent supporting cast in: Ray Charles guitarist, Don Peake, Derde Verde frontman, Dylan McKenzie, and independent composer/producer, Kyle Wittlin and is currently working releasing a debut E.P. with producer and mixer Fabrizio Grossi who complements his chaotic approach to the studio process and welcomes his various influences. At first, it was hard to put a label his genre. He still prefers not to label it, but the influences range from a mixture of British and American Punk and Post Punk, Blues-Rock, Power Pop, International Music, Jazz-Fusion and Classical (Bach, Pagannini, Liszt). Upon talking about music he appreciates listening to on his down time, Shaunt once said, "I'll listen to anything once, I love and appreciate listening to all kinds of music, even music you wouldn't imagine a kid in a rock band would listen to, I hear all these musicians say, 'I don't like this kind of music, I only listen to Classic Rock', well the point of being a musician is to develop something original. In my humble opinion, you're not develop anything new if you've been listening to the same record on repeat for the past 15 years."

Recently, Shaunt was contacted by legendary rock photographer, Robert M. Knight who has made his mark by photographing multiple rock legends including Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Robert, who has a knack for discovering new talent, inducted Shaunt into his program for young musicians, the Brotherhood of the Guitar which led to a sponsorship by The Ernie Ball Company.

 

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