Trinidadian Shallun creates something special for this Christmas season. "November 2015, I started to write this song with the intention of it being a "5 Miles" Christmas track but what I wrote was a cheeky ode to my girlfriend. With help from Sheriff (producer of Differentology) I recorded it and planned a surprise proposal using the song as the backdrop. I staged a music video as part of the plan and it was a success. I shared it with some friends on facebook and it was circulated, to which "LoopTT" contacted me to be featured. So owing to the general response and my fiancee's support I decided to release the song officially this year." Shallun mentioned in a recent release.
ThriveIN5 with Shallun
What motivated you to pursue your passion?
High school was where I fell hard for the guitar and nothing has made such an impact on my life since… except, my fiancee.
Who inspires you the most?
I am definitely inspired the most by my Mother! It might seem like a cliche but as a single parent, she has done soooo very much to make me the person I am today…. Also, some credit goes to The Beatles.
How do you handle the various challenges surrounding what you do?
Well, there is no industry for my style of music which is Acoustic Pop in Trinidad and Tobago so from "jump street” I’m at a disadvantage. However, the internet has levelled the playing field when it comes to connecting and sharing with people from every place imaginable. So that helps with combating many of the challenges.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In five years I will be a producer and songwriter, working with the very same bands and performers that I've been obsessed with since I was a child. Also, I'll be with my wife and kids, mostly working from home in my villa in Italy, just kidding... not really.
What advice would you give to someone up and coming?
This is not the easiest of career paths so start reaching out and making genuine connections with potential fans from day one!! As I implied the internet is your friend and definitely learn to differentiate between constructive criticism and just plain hate.