PHOTO CREDIT: Daniella Midenge



THANKS to C. SHIROCK for telling me about...

his latest single, Confess Your Love, and the great personal story behind it. I ask him about his start in music and the sounds that influence him; whether he has anything else to give before the end of the year and what comes along next year.

He reveals some rising artists worth a look and albums important to him; if we can see him play anytime soon and whether the Nashville-bases artist gets time to unwind and relax away from music – C. SHIROCK selects a great song to end the interview with.


Hi, C. SHIROCK. How are you? How has your week been?

I’m doing well! I’m currently in Los Angeles and about to head to Nashville for my birthday and some recording sessions. The last two weeks have been really incredible. Confess Your Love came out; the music video came out a week after. I’ve been in the studio finishing up a few more singles for early next year…and we’re wrapping up the edit for the music video for Stand with Me Tonight, which will be the second single coming out Nov. 30th! So, a lot happening but it’s exciting to finally be sharing all of this new work.

For those new to your music; can you introduce yourself, please?

My name is Chuck SHIROCK – my artist name is ‘C. SHIROCK’. I am based between Nashville, TN and Los Angeles, CA. My music is Alternative Pop – my favourite comparison’s I’ve read are ‘modern Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins…a little bit of Prince, U2…’ When I read that, I immediately felt like that was something I’d want to hear! I had a band called SHIROCK for a long time before starting the C. SHIROCK solo project. We toured a ton, performed with bands such as Twenty One Pilots, Cage the Elephant; Manchester Orchestra and tons of other inspiring acts. Confess Your Love is the first single off of my upcoming collection of songs, which will continue to come out monthly into 2019.



Confess Your Love is new. What is the story behind the song?

Confess Your Love was written about meeting my partner for the first time. We met in Tulum, Mexico entirely by chance…

I had bought a one-way ticket to Mexico and she was there with a friend. I was going through a life reset/new beginning of sorts and, the short version is, I was having dinner by myself at Hartwood (incredible restaurant in Tulum) and she was there with a group of friends. I saw her when she walked in and knew I wanted to talk to her. I was immediately drawn to her and I promised myself I would leave without at least telling her I thought she was beautiful. I kept trying to find a way to say something and slowly the entire restaurant cleared out except for me and her group. They got up to leave and I also walked out; she was in a conversation with a guy – I thought I had missed my chance…I was standing on the sidewalk with my bike, looking down at my phone and, all of a sudden, I hear this voice: “Are you okay?” I looked up and it was her. 

I smiled and laughed a little bit and gave her my long-rehearsed monologue about seeing her when she came in and wanting to tell her I thought she was beautiful…she smiled and asked if I wanted to walk her and her friend back to their hotel. I did, and we ended up meeting up the following day and the day after…neither of us thought we’d ever see one another again so we just opened up fully and connected really deeply. She left Mexico and I had another two weeks there. After going back to Nashville, I knew I had to see her again. I flew out to Los Angeles to see her and try to figure out what just had happened. We quickly fell in love, and…here we are today (smiles).

What was it like putting the video together? Was it fun to shoot?

This was a really fun video to shoot – a ton of preparation and work to shoot in a foreign country but, as these things tend to do, it all came together last minute. We shot the majority of the video in a small colonial town called Valladolid, which is about two hours from Tulum. The city was the perfect backdrop to tell the story of a couple meeting and falling in love.

We pulled most of the inspiration from my actual experience - when I met my now fiancé a few years ago. We took some artistic liberty in the re-telling of the story and wanted to play on the idea of those little encounters and moments that, if taken, can change the entire course of our lives. In the video you don’t, at the end, know what transpired actually happened or if it was a what if

Might we see more material coming? What is next for you?

Yes! The second single, Stand with Me Tonight, comes out November 30th and the music video Dec. 7th. Then, I have a surprise in the works for mid-December (smiles). We’ll have a little break into January, then pick back up with single releases, music video; select shows and a full album early-summer. 

PHOTO CREDIT: Daniella Midenge

Can you give me a sense of the artists you grew up around? When did music come into your life?

I grew up in a very musical and artistic family. My mom was ballet dancer and my dad is a great Jazz guitarist. My grandfather (Dad’s side) was a professional Jazz pianist and I and my three siblings all started playing piano when we were really young. I actually didn’t grow up listening to too much music – I was in the Philippines until I was eight, then Scotland until about thirteen.

So, I ended up spending a lot of time writing on piano and composing…although I had no idea that’s what I actually was doing. It wasn’t really until I came to the U.S. (Detroit) and started really listening to the radio that I completely fell in love with Pop and Rock music. Into college, I really was introduced to the artists that have shaped my musical understanding…Radiohead, Peter Gabriel; U2, Prince; Bruce Springsteen, Jeff Buckley; Sigur Rós, Bob Dylan; Madonna etc…

What do you hope to achieve by the end of 2018?

This is a busy end of the year for me and my team! Before the year is done, I have another single coming out Nov. 30th (Stand with Me Tonight); a music video Dec. 7th and a surprise mid-December…meanwhile; I’m also in the studio finishing up a few other songs for early 2019…and, on a personal side, my birthday is coming up and I’m finishing up a house renovation project! So…a lot’s happening at once (smiles).

PHOTO CREDIT: Allister Ann

Do you already have plans for 2019?

Yes! I’ve been in the studio writing and recording through most of 2018, so I have a series of singles lined up to continue releasing into 2019. I can’t wait to share this new music – it feels like my producer (Thomas Doeve) and I have been in the studio this past year writing and working, and I can’t wait to share all of this new music. 

Have you got a favourite memory from your time in music so far – the one that sticks in the mind?

There have been so many beautiful memories so far. Touring with some of my best friends, performing main stage at festivals for thousands and thousands of people; hearing myself on the radio for the first time…but I think my absolute favourite is when I meet people whose lives have been impacted by the music. I’ve received letters, emails and talked in person with fans who have shared how a song or a lyric helped get them through loss of a loved one, heartbreak or difficult times. Without a doubt, those are the most important memories and what I love most about getting to create music. 


PHOTO CREDIT: Allister Ann

Which three albums mean the most to you would you say (and why)?

Wow – what a great question…

Peter Gabriel - So

I didn’t discover this album until a long time after it was put out…but the sounds, production and sonic landscape of this record brought a new understanding of what Pop music could sound and feel like. 

U2 - The Joshua Tree

This record redefined what Pop/Rock music can be and the emotion that music can carry. The lyric, the delivery; the way the music and vocals combine to form something entirely unique and so compelling was a revolution for me.

Jeff BuckleyGrace

My roommate in college introduced me to Jeff Buckley – and it changed everything for me. It shaped the way I approached singing and what was possible with my voice. It was like, all of a sudden, I had permission to explore and use my voice as an instrument. 

If you could support any musician alive today, and choose your own rider, what would that entail?

Such a tricky question! I would love to tour with a real Popstar. Mostly for selfish reasons! I have so much to learn from someone like George Michael, Michael Jackson; Madonna…I’d love to see them night after night.


What advice would you give to new artists coming through?

Be courageous in your art. We have enough people chasing what already exists. You have a unique voice and interpretation…chase that. Make music that turns you on and, when you deliver it in the studio or live, give it everything you have. Write music that matters. Too many people chase formulas and don’t have anything to say. Tell the stories that are yours alone to tell. Move us with your music. We’re all waiting to be emotionally moved.

Do you have tour dates coming up? Where can we catch you play?

I love touring – I can’t wait to be back out performing this new music. I will be touring in 2019 – plans are currently underway for tours in the summer as my album will be released. For the latest info, you can follow me on social media, or on my website.



Are there any new artists you recommend we check out?

Being based in Nashville, I have the privilege of being surrounded by so much great music…some incredible artists. Mikky Ekko is amazing; COIN is a great Alt/Pop/Rock band from Nashville also. Daniella Mason is an upcoming pop artist as is Whit. Daniella and Whit both sang vocals on Confess Your Love. Also, my brother is an incredible producer and writer and his project is called Kind


IN THIS PHOTO: Daniella Mason

Do you get much time to chill away from music? How do you unwind?

I get a little bit of time. I feel very fortunate that my job is something I love so much. Even with it being my profession, I still like to begin each day at the piano before I’ve made my coffee and I often find myself back at the piano at the end of the day! I have a vintage motorcycle I love riding. I also grew up playing soccer and still play often. I love reading – I get so much inspiration from poetry books. A favourite is the late Irish poet, John O’Donohue and another is Pablo Neruda. 

Finally, and for being a good sport; you can choose a song and I’ll play it here (not any of your music - I will do that).

Ha! Okay…not my music – this has been a favourite lately – Reckless Love by Elle King and Bleachers. I love Jack Antonoff’s approach to writing and production. I think he’s a genius