Demonize by Soviet//Shiksa (transcription)

An interview with Christopher Shawn

This week's guest is Christopher Shawn from the gothic americana band SOVIET//SHIKSA. We'l be discussing their recently released song 'Demonize' (Youtube/ Spotify) from the three track EP Melancholia. Along the way we'll be discussing which band will be ideal to have play at your (Sigur rós) and why, the EP series (Songs about Sex, Death and God I, II and III) and the accompanying book 'His time with Sex, Death and God' by Christopher Shawn and touch on other influences for the band.

You can listen to the episode on the podcast page (Episode 1), on your podcast app or on YouTube.



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hello this is christopher 

shawn from soviet//shiksa  


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and i'm here to talk with the 

ennrons on your new favourite song


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hi and welcome to your new favourite 

song and this week i'll be talking to  


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chris shawn from soviet shiksa about their 

song they released recently called demonize  


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hi chris all the way from nashville how are you 

i am very good how are you today i'm very good  


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i'm quite excited really glad that you agreed 

to talk to me today about about your song and  


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so first of all i think it would like 

to maybe get a bit of an introduction  


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who you are where you are and a bit 

about the band as well and what you do  


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that sounds good to me i'm christopher shawn 

and the soviet//shiksa is the the name of my  


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i guess you could call it a solo project i am a 

formerly a backing musician i played bass with  


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singer songwriters and multiple 

bands and things like that and  


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got kind of tired of not writing my own stuff or 

performing my own thing so i recruited a band and  


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started playing shows upsetting audiences in 

nashville and all across the southeast and  


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northeast united states so and soviet//shiksa 

is a solo project but you don't do it all on  


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your own i guess or or no i do not do it all on my 

own i do write the songs i do structure them but  


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the band members i have recruited they they write 

their own parts they add their own pieces we like  


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to say felt on the pretzel i i play with the full 

horn section live i have an amazing rhythm section  


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yeah they're talented musicians and honestly 

it would be totally different without them  


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okay and are they also in other bands that 

you're in or or just friends for this project  


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actually all the musicians i'm playing 

with in this project i had never worked  


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before like i had played gigs with bands that they 

had worked with just they're just musicians i had  


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found in town working with other groups 

and other musicians because you're in in  


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nashville right which is like the the center 

of the united states music industry i guess  


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we we like to think we are the center of the 

musical world well you know this i'm british so...


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i mean what we understand you all have a pretty 

pretty happhapening music scene there yeah yeah  


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but i mean guess nashville is a place where you 

can get a lot of musicians and studios and stuff  


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like that so oh without a doubt yeah and then 

did you but you'll still still play in your other  


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bands no no i i i had to stop i was losing my mind 

honestly there's a lot of music out there that i  


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i played base for for money and out of boredom and 

it got tiring and i just i didn't need to anymore  


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and i just decided that it was something 

i needed to stop doing okay and so they  


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just concentrating on the soviet shiksa yes and 

do you also sing the song yes i am the the singer  


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of the front and i am the the beautiful face 

that people see screaming at them from stage  


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behind a very very impressive beard and a 

really huge quiff as well i can see yeah oh yeah  


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ordinarily it's it's a little quiffier today 

than usual but yeah it's usually pretty puffy  


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yeah yeah it's a tendency to react i mean 

it adds about five inches to your length  


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to your height i guess yeah it's quite impressive 

so you i also sent you some ice breaker questions  


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some questions i think i had to get to know 

you a little bit better and the first one you  


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asked was which band dead or life which band or 

artist dead or alive would play at your funeral  


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yes yeah and i i had thought about this and this 

is actually something that i i thought about a lot  


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at one point in my life i was at a musical a music 

festival in tennessee called bonnaroo one year and  


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i had eaten a bunch of acid and i was i 

was walking around the festival grounds and  


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i had forgotten that a band called sigur ross 

i believe is how you pronounce their name  


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was playing at about 12 30 at night on some 

stage and i was just kind of wandering around