A Shadow Of Jaguar is a duo made up of Brian Hubbert (lead vocals, slide guitar, bass) and Andrew Oakley (drums, vocals).
The duo found it’s origins in their hometown of Boulder, CO, in 2015, where they sought to make music they weren’t yet hearing on the rock scene.
Can you share with us the most difficult moment of the preparation of your last album RAW?
Making sure it was exactly what we wanted/envisioned.
How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
I’ll come up with one line, and then keep branching out from there.
The goal is that once I’ve come up with a thousand lines, I can pick 20 or 30 that actually make it into the song.
What is the best verse you ever wrote?
-“Like a suicide bomber
Strapped and ready to go
I give myself to you completely
Like an addiction to blow
Pockets are low
But that don’t mean I’m lacking in flows
And cracking for shows
I’m rarely ever rapping for your entertainment
It’s for my sanity
Cause I can hardly stand to see
That in the name of vanity
Comes the explosion of a sham MC
So I stand at shore
And scream to the world
You won’t hear me no more”
What was the soundtrack to your childhood?
All things 90s.
Lots of hip hop. And then a fair amount of my parents music.
I did listen to the Spice Girls, but that was mostly because I planned to marry Ginger Spice, and wanted to have s##t to talk about with her.
Geri if you’re out there, please call me.
What has your journey in the music indusrty been like up to now?
Like most people involved. Lots of ups and downs. Lots of touring.
Lots of shitty bars and bad whiskey.
Not enough money. But every now and then there are those moments that make up for all of it.
What inspired “Too Many Knots”?
You know the feeling when you start to feel crazy, but insist that you aren’t.
That. I was in a rough mental state and wanted to put into words the frantic contradicting thoughts that would come to mind.
Those are the knots.
What about “keep on knocking ”?
Keep On Knocking is actually a cover of a band called Death.
Check out to movie “A Band Called Death”. As soon as I heard that song I knew it was perfect for us.
Are you ever scared of revealing, aspects of your personal experience, to strangers through your music?
But it’s important to be open about s##t.
Get it off your chest, otherwise you’ll give yourself a brain tumor.
One of the best lessons that John Demitro taught me is never being afraid to put your middle finger in someone’s face.
It doesn’t mean you have to do it all the time. Just never be afraid to tell someone to “f##k off”. And that knowledge helps me feel comfortable revealing stuff about me, because if you want to judge me for it, you can go f##k yourself.
Do you remember the day you wrote “don’t want to die here”?
We were on our way back to Colorado from some shows in Utah and decided to take the scenic route.
We wound up getting lost on an off road vehicle trail with a trailer full of gear on the back of the car.
After we ran out of water, and when we started running low on gas, the feeling set in, that we might have to get help.
Then the line “Don’t want to Die Here” came to mind. Utah is a beautiful state, but I don’t want to spend my final moments there.
What is the best show you ever played?
What is the craziest thing a fan did for you?
We had a stalker once. That was flattering.
What are your plans for 2018?
Sex. Drugs. Rock n roll.
And a new album.
Photo Credit: Valerie Amend