Shingai Shoniwa

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Shingai Shoniwa (pronounced Shing-eee) born in 1984, of English and Zimbabwean descent is the singer/songwriter and bassist for the band Noisettes.


  • I think of the Ramones when I think of music that can save your life, but I’m not so sure about a band like Fall Out Boy who appears to make music in vein or that, at least, doesn’t sound like something they would die for.
    • When asked: Is music more of a product today, or seen as something that can save your life? [1]
  • I love the intimacy of small venues, I really do, I like that look that people have that they feel like they're special and they can hear and they can see the band as well.
  • It's quite spiky, quite dramatic, theatrical rock 'n' roll really.
    • When asked: What's your sound like? [3]
  • I love dressing up. I’m from a huge African family and grew up in a really colorful place. The way I dress reflects my environment and wanting to take people into a fantasy world for half an hour.
  • Arctic Monkeys are a great band, but bands like that sometimes spend a lot of time reminding people about the shitiness of reality. I don’t want to sing for half an hour, reminding people about how shit Sheffield is — unless it’s for one verse or a joke.
  • We are able to speak for ourselves through our music rather than being defined and put into the spotlight in a very male kind of groomed way for an obviously predominantly male audience.
  • When someone like Kurt Cobain or Jack White comes out, they didn’t go, “He sounds just like Muddy Waters,” did they? They just said, “He’s great, he sounds like him.” When women come out and men write about them, they tend to write about them in a way that other men can understand, which sometimes can seem a bit patronizing.
  • We're just going to play the hell out of it until they can't take it anymore.

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