Q&A: Dayshell


I chatted with Shayley from Dayshell about their new tour and how hard it was for him to leave Mice & Men.

Q: When did you know you wanted to be a musician?

10,000. B.c. ::laughs:: Around age twelve. That’s when I discovered I had rhythm in my hands. The music was in me the whole time, I just chose to keep it bottled up until then.


Q: Do you have any musical influences?

Oh of course! The Deftones are one of my favorite bands in the world. They taught me simplicity. Incubus would be one as well. I have to throw in Boston, RUSH, and Led Zeppelin too.


Q: How hard was it to transition from one to the other?

It was a very hard transition. You’re basically breaking off a bunch of brothers. At the end of the day, I’m happy making music with guys who I grew up with. Of Mice & Men were put together..we were a designed band. In Dayshell, there’s a much more organic connection.


Q: What is your song “Car Sick” about?


“Carsick” is about an addiction..a struggle that someone goes through for years. The metaphor is that someone on the inside is calling out for help, and that they want a way out from their substance abuse.


Q: What is your favorite song that you’ve recorded?

“When You Can’t Sleep At Night” by Of Mice & Men. I gave my entire heart to that song. I was going through a hard time at the time. I was crying when I recorded it. You can hear me shaking on a few notes and lines, actually.


Q: Favorite part of performing live?

The fan interaction, man. Love being able to express myself on stage, and feeling the fans expressing back to you.


Q: What is the hardest part of the industry in your opinion?

Probably the waiting game. Sometimes you don’t get answers FOREVER and that kills us. Especially when you’re at home not doing nothing. It can be shitty. Other than that, it’s fucking awesome!


Q: Are you excited about your show here in Baltimore?

Of course I am dude! Baltimore kicks ASS. Are you kidding me? Baltimore has heart.


Dayshell opens for I The Mighty Monday at Baltimore Soundstage!

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