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Get to Know Sam Shapiro of Bleak Mystique!

Where are you located now and where are you originally from?

Bleak Mystique was formed in Denver earlier this year. I’m originally from Maryland though. Who has been your greatest Influence? I would say my greatest influence is Jimmy Page, but Kurt Cobain also influences what I do quite a bit. There’s a ton of eclectic influences in my library though. What is your latest and greatest? Our most recent release is our debut June EP, Pageantry vol. 1. Are you performing LIVE soon? We have a lot of live shows lined up in Denver this fall! 9/17 at the Mercury Cafe, 9/24 at the Black Buzzard, and 10/14 at Lost Lake. What are you most looking forward to in 2022? In 2022 we're looking forward to putting more music out and playing more shows. We should be working up some new songs in the studio too. How did you deal with all the changes in the past two years that the music industry had gone through? Well it seems like things are getting back to normal a bit at least for now. Shows are back and artists are touring too. It seems like it’s the same as it always has been in the streaming age more or less, even though there was like 18 months when things seemed pretty hopeless. What would you say to your younger self if you could? I would say to try to be kinder to everyone, and to trust that things will work out. Write as many songs as possible and don’t worry about whether people like them or not. Don’t even ask anyone if they do. On a scale of ONE to TEN, how driven are you? 12 When you're not feeling motivated how do you get back on track? I usually just remember back when I was like 16 and would kill for an opportunity to play a rock guitar solo to a crowd of people who are there to see me do exactly that and that reminds me where I’m coming from. Or I call my mom. How much do you believe LUCK plays a role in success? I think the music industry is pretty reliant on nepotism to acquire talent, so if you don’t have that benefit then it can be down to luck. But to liken music to sports they say good players get lucky. I think if you work relentlessly chasing the next opportunity and making your own opportunities then you’ll start catching breaks. It can take years to claw your way up in the industry if you’re not lucky enough to be born with some kind of connection, but people do it. How can we stay up to date with you? You can follow our instagram @bleak.mystique that’s where we are most active. You can find new music, shows, merch, and whatever else we’re up to there. Links to any social /music account you want to share? Our music is on every streaming service just search Bleak Mystique, also our instagram is Bleak.Mystique

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