Interview – 100 Watt Shine

I’ve featured 100 Watt Shine a couple of times now and their music is always a blast to listen to. If you’ve not heard them yet (and why not?!) then check out one of their latest tracks at the end of this interview!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a song titled The Devil You Don’t Know, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the track and where can it be purchased?

The track was conceived from political decision making. Choosing a mayoral candidate that I knew vs. the candidate that I did not know. I expanded that notion to national politics, and the state of international politics and events.

The rhythm guitar parts seem different because I did not use standard tuning. The chord voicings are a bit peculiar because of this. When we brought this idea to Peter Stroud, he liked it straight away. He thought that he could “really sink his teeth into it.”

The song can be purchased on Amazon, iTunes, Tidal, 7 digital and others. It’s available for streaming on almost all digital streaming platforms. Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer etc.

What does the title refer to?

Choosing politicians…t here’s the devil you know and the devil you don’t know.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?
Not with regards to songwriting, but travel… yes, a bit.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

An idea is brought to the group, and in applying all instruments we arrive at changes and arrangements – bickering and beverages result in a final product.

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

Yes, perhaps one or two more.

Do you have plans to release an EP or album anytime soon?

Yes, an eight song collection with one cover will be released this year.

What/who influences you most as artists?

Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Glenn Hughes, Tommy Bolin, Blackberry Smoke.

What have you been listening to recently?

Jackshit (the band), Val McCallum, Big Hat with Peter Stroud, Rich Robinson, the Wallflowers, Glenn Hughes/

Where are you based?

Sioux Falls, SD.

What is the music scene like in your part of the world?

Relatively fewer rock clubs, with far more cover bands than songwriters.

Are you influenced by your surroundings?

With respect to songwriting, only in that our experiences shape our thoughts.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

No, we are primarily a writing and recording group.

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

On the off chance that we would perform live, we would offer a mixture of our own songs and those songs written by those whom we admire. Its an eclectic mix, but true to our desires.

Any last words for the fans?

Thank you so very much for your interest in our brand of rock and roll (with its various influences). We hope that you would continue to follow us as we roll out new material.