With surf, '70s punk, garage rock, and pop influences, Shark Week's sound is creating waves. After tackling both SXSW and CMJ, the Washington, DC-based group has been continously broadening their horizons, and are now preparing to release their first full-length album, Beach Fuzz. Frontman Ryan Hunter Mitchell spoke with us about the recording process of Beach Fuzz, how they got major festival opportunities, and what lies ahead for the band.
You're releasing your first full-length album Beach Fuzz this coming spring. What can we expect?
What was your experience like recording Beach Fuzz? Would you do anything differently in the future?
You've been selected for CMJ and SXSW through Sonicbids, which is fantastic. How did these opportunities arise?
Well, we had a little bit of buzz off our first EP, and we threw together what we thought a press kit should look like (photos, media clips, etc.) and applied to SXSW through Sonicbids, and they accepted. That kind of dominoed into CMJ, and we've been back twice now and are planning to head back to SXSW in 2015. Getting those gigs has been crucial for us, because at each festival, we've been able to get our music to a wider audience and meet other folks in the music game who have been helpful in getting us to where we are now.