Emerging Artists #4 – La Shark

April 15, 2010 by  

La Shark are a musical enigma, their live shows have become things of legend on the underground London scene and their influences are vast and definite. A definition of their music has troubled many so instead of trying to pin them down with the usual genre labels we let the band introduce themselves…

Standard first question, how did you all get together, where you all from and why did you decide to make music together?

I was working at a burger shack in the far east, I just needed an escape from the smell of meat so I hit some local jazz clubs and started a few ?conversations? ?..

How long did it take you to decide on your sound/direction, and how did you come to the. decision?

The original concept was to create ?triangular? music but after some time we realised ?square? sounds would get the crowd jumping a little more you know what I?m saying? Throw in a bit of French chanson, and a heavy injection of lethal PROG and we were getting somewhere.

What equipment are using for recording, and is there any particular reason behind the choice?

Anything from rollerblades to a papier-mashe cassette player. We?re just going into the studio doing what we do live.

What’s your average day at the moment?

Le Matin / apr?s-midi?..

A strong coffee and a smoke in bed listening to nocternes, followed by a walk in a museum in a fur coat , three hours playing god on a grand piano beneath a chandalier.

Le soir?

Up to my knees in dirt wearing a plastic bin bag and taking hard hits on a bottle of jack, legs made of jelly and a head made of crack.

What’s the best bit about being in a band and what’s the worst?

The best ?. all the celebs and pro wrestlers we get to meet. Doing a tour in an E reg Sierra.


What’s the most high profile show you’ve done and what was it like?

Sneaky Petes in Edinburgh. There were only fifteen people there but apparently someone in the crowd knew Scott from 5ive. Great show.

If you could change one thing about the music industry what would it be?

Easier access to fame.

What bands/artists are you into at the moment new or old?

A wonderful photographer called Socrates Mitsios and an Air Hostess called Mary Anne.

What’s the last gig you went to and what was it like?

Saw ?Lucky Dragons? in an abandoned car Garage in Peckham . Incredible interactive mess of a concert. Like being at the science museum as an eight year old child.

What would you like to happen for the band in 2010?

We all need glasses. Maybe some money so we can buy glasses.

What can people expect when they come to your live shows?

A ?cool? night out.

Favourite music era/scene and why?

60s girl groups, the songs paint such an innocent and adorable picture of love and romance. ?rushed back to your arms with wings on my feet?

If you could get one band to reform who would it be?

Destinys Child

What’s next for you guys?


La Shark @Myspace