Tue, 04 Feb 2014 09:06:44
Shayley "DayShell" Bourget finds the ultimate creative resurrection in DayShell's self-titled debut for Sumerian Records. It's not just a rebirth for the former Of Mice & Men member though. It's one for alternative heavy music too. The record nods to the evolutionary tendencies of classic Incubus and Deftones with its own distinct identity and spirit. As a result, the record brings a new beast to life that's worth living with for years to come.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Shayley "DayShell" Bourget discusses the album, video games, and so much more.
What ties the album together for you?
The songs all tie together because they're each a part of my life. They're different emotions or situations I've gone through. It could be something I disliked. It's about looking at the bright side through negativity. It was all harnessed throughout time.
When did the process start?
I think I started writing three of the songs on the album while I was still in Of Mice & Men and for Of Mice & Men. They weren't complete. They were just one part or two parts—maybe half a song, at most. I was trying to incorporate what I'd do with Austin Carlile. I write with emotion when it comes to guitar. It's the way I did it in that band too. If I'm sad, I'm going to write something sad. If I'm pumped up, I'm going to write something pumped up. It took a while. It's been since the year before I left Of Mice & Men until when we recorded and it was captured. It goes through different times and mind states.
What's the story behind "Hail to the Queen"?
It took me a while to finish the chorus. It's pretty much about a bad person—a hoochie mama [Laughs].
Where did "When You Fall Asleep" come from?
That was a sequel to the acoustic song I did on The Flood from Of Mice & Men. I wrote that entire song, and I was like, "Well, I really like closing out the album with something soft just to relax and chill". You've just listened to a blasting record. Now, you want to relax. That's the sequel there. Accidentally, it's the exact amount of time—minutes and seconds—as "When You Can't Sleep At Night". I didn't deliberately do that either. Fans actually pointed it out. I looked at it and I thought, "Holy shit! That was meant to be". It blew my mind. The prequel was a sadder song. "When You Can't Sleep At Night", it's because you're sad. The sequel is "When You Fall Asleep". It's like a lullaby. It puts you to sleep and everything's fine.
Is "A Waste of Space" a special one for you?
That's probably my favorite song on the album. Jordan [Wooley, bass] actually wrote the music and produced it. The meaning of the song is it's actually my take on what Jordan went through. He had a girlfriend for like four years and she ripped his heart out of nowhere for no reason at all. I was with him throughout the whole time just watching him broken and so depressed. He sent me this acoustic song, and he was starting to snap out of his depression. I was like, "Man, we should take the rest of whatever you've got out on this song. I'm all about the melody, but guide me through the lyrics and make sure I'm singing right and writing the correct lyrics!" That's what the song is about. I really like it. We did it for fun. We put the saddest acoustic song smack dab in the middle of the record and the heaviest song right after it.
What inspires you outside of music?
Some movies are really inspiring. They make you want to get off your feet and do something with your life. I'm inspired by skateboarders and dirtbiking. I really have the utmost respect for skaters and how hard they work to see they fly so high in the sky on the mega ramps. It's like, "This guy's just facing life and going straight for it". Even though you're scared as shit, you just go for it. I play video games a lot too. I play the weirdest games. They're really cinematic, and it inspires me because it's crazy how much work goes into them.
Which games have you been into lately?
I like The Last Of Us and BEYOND: Two Souls. They made me cry. That's how powerful they were. The graphics were insane too so I could appreciate that.
If you were to compare your album to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
I'd say Avatar because I named a song on the record "Avatar". That's my and Jordan's favorite movie. There's something about that film that takes you away. It's so colorful. You just want to live there, man. There's aggression in that movie. There's love. There's betrayal. Every emotion I put on the record is in the movie.
What artists shaped you?
Obviously, there's Deftones and Incubus. I used to be a humungous Rush fan. I don't know why! Then, there's Led Zeppelin. I really liked Yes for a long time. I was into that mystical floating planet music. I was a hippie before I even knew it. Lately, I've been listening to the same music. The only band that's come out in the past ten years that I dug a lot is Ashes Divide.
What's next for you?
I'm going into writing already. I want to be prepared to go into the next album but I don't know when that'll happen [Laughs].
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