Steve Shaker


Bipolar depression impedes my musical endeavors, but also provides insights I might never have had otherwise. If you are experiencing depression, call the SAMHSA National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357). Veterans can call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).






What is music to you? What does it give you?

Fuel. Hope. Joy. Comfort. Empathy. Anger. Love. Forgiveness. Money, sometimes.

What is your music dream?

Expressing myself honestly and connecting with listeners.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?


Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Open Up Your Heart And Let The Sunshine In

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

How much time do I get to answer this??

What inspires you to make music?

Every breath.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

You are somebody.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Nervous, then natural.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

It's a crowded endeavor, but that helps drive creativity. Royalties could be improved, I think.

What do you think of Drooble?

I think Drooble is swell. Thanks for the exposure!

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Manic depression.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

I'm a social outsider and don't get around much anymore, but I'm all for all local music scenes everywhere. There's room for everyone.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Patient persistence and honesty.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

John Cooper Clarke, John Simon, Claudia Linnear, Ritchie Resnicoff, Buffy Saint-Marie, Grupo Folklorico y Experimentico, Doug Sahm (Sir Douglas), John and Beverly Martin, Richard and Mimi Fariña....How much time do I get to answer this??