Interview: Ljubov Dzuzhynska
Photo: Ashley Calhoun
American duo formed by twin brothers Wyatt and Fletcher Shears.
What’s it like to be you?
Fletcher: It’s normal. I live a normal life. I clean, I cook, I exercise, I read, I try to find balance and I create whatever I feel the need to create. I’m the same as anyone else.
Wyatt: If only ever lived as “me” so, it’s tough to compare my life to other’s experiences. But as far as my life goes, it’s pretty standard on a daily basis. I am a creative, so every day I am creating something, I really enjoy playing sports and eating food and being around people I respect.
What have you learned through your journey as The Garden both on a personal and professional level?
people tell you a lot of things, but nobody know’s what’s right for you besides yourself.
Wyatt: That it’s important to be in control of what roads you go down, and what decisions you make. It’s important to be happy and take care of yourself in all aspects. It’s important to only participate in touring and making music if you enjoy doing it.
If you had to choose between sex or music for the rest of your life, what would you choose and why?
Fletcher: None of those things will matter at the end of my life, they are both replaceable. But I guess, music.
Wyatt: At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter. But music is a passion, sex isn’t. I can live without sex. So music would be it for me.
What excites you the most in what you do?
Fletcher: Whatever is right in front of me in this moment is exciting. Just depends how you look at it. I’m trying to look at everything in a less cynical way, and so I’m excited for whatever is happening or is going to happen, good or bad.
Wyatt: There are so many elements about what excites me with what I do. It doesn’t take a lot to excite me, I get excited to go and play hockey every week or to eat food. I get most excited when I think about the potential within me as a creative, and where I can take it. I want to take it as far as it can go while still enjoying myself, and I want to make my mark on history. History is important.
What disappoints you the most on your field of activity?
Fletcher: Missing precious moments by not being present.
Wyatt: I find disappointment in myself when I rush through creative tasks just to get them done, and then put them out in the world. If I can get better on taking my time with my creative projects, then I’ll be even more fond to look back on them.
How would you describe your state while playing?
Fletcher: 100% focused and not focused all at once.
Wyatt: In my experience you have to be always thinking ahead while playing music. I need to be thinking about every twist and turn in the song so that I can be unpredictable. Because if I know what’s coming next, and the audience doesn’t, that gives me the upper hand. But if I’m distracted, or my gear is malfunctioning, I sometimes loose that edge because I’m not focused. So it takes effort to get back onto that level.
What recent trend annoys you the most and why?
Fletcher: Things like that have the power to annoy me, just like they could potentially annoy anyone else, but I try not to give things that are so fleeting such as a trend, that much power over me. Because it means nothing in the grand scheme.
Wyatt: I think it’s important to share opinions, but even more important not to go off on negative tangents. There are of course things that annoy me in music that I see and hear but just as I hit walls with other artists, they probably feel the same with me. So in the grand scheme of the creative landscape that I see everyday , I think there are things out there for everyone, and sometimes it’s better to let go, and focus on what you love, not what annoys you.
What book, film or cartoon reality would you like to try and live in? Just in order to experience a certain world for as much time as you want.
Fletcher: I’m not sure, maybe Mad Max. In that world, staying alive is your only priority. No extra bull shit.
Wyatt: Sometimes I find myself wanting to be friends with Mordecai or Rigby from “Regular Show”. They always know how to have plain and simple fun.
Who is or was your biggest teacher in life? What have you learned?
Fletcher: I’ve learned a lot of things from a lot of people. I learn things from myself too, once I start listening.
Wyatt: I don’t think that I’ve had a teacher that could take that title necessarily.
Everyone can teach you something if you’re will truly pay attention to what they’re saying.There are so many catch phrases and positive messages in the world, but they often get misunderstood or over repeated. I think a huge one is to “treat others how you’d like to be treated”.
What’s the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen or experienced in your life?
Fletcher: I’m a simple person at heart. If I am present enough, I end up appreciating everything around me in a big way. Being present is the most beautiful feeling to me. It’s not always so easy to achieve but nothing is more all encompassing to me.
Wyatt: I’m honestly not too sure.
When a cynical idea or moment turns into a moment of compassion can be really inspiring.
Abstractly speaking, if you were music, which instrument would you be and how would this choice reflect your personality?
Fletcher: Drums. That’s just kinda who I am I guess. It’s just always been my #1 thing.
Wyatt: I think I play bass for this reason actually. I enjoy many instruments, but the bass to me has always had the freedom to be whatever it wants in the middle of a crowd. It doesn’t have to follow the drums or the guitar or the vocals, it can get it’s own groove going no matter what’s around it, I think of myself that way at times.
If you could go back in time and change the course of history, what would you want to change?
Fletcher: Too many things to count lol.. too many things….
Wyatt: There are so many things I would change, but hmm…. I don’t know. All mistakes add up and they are there for reasons that I can’t understand, and I don’t know what changing the course of history would do to the present day…. so I’m not sure… I’m sorry.
What is the most beautiful word for you? Why?
Fletcher: Mmm. I’ve never thought about that before.. Renaissance is kind of a cool word though.
What are the main notions you were trying to explore and convey with the new album “Kiss My Super Bowl Ring”?
Fletcher: Discontent with a dash of humor.
Wyatt: I wanted to focus on on real life situations that I’ve had and internal struggles and try as hard as I could to push them to the front of the songs and make them obvious to the listener. I wrote what I wrote with intent to establish and make people aware of the gardens position. This record will always have a long lifespan with me, and I want to make sure it does with whatever audience we currently have as well.
In your opinion, what is the next stage of your life?
Fletcher: I don’t have an answer.
All I can do is make today worth living. The more focus I give to the now, the more I enjoy life. I could end up dying tomorrow, so i’d prefer to live fully today.
Wyatt: I’m not sure, I’d like to buy property somewhere but I can’t afford it right now. So I’m just going to keep on living with intent to grow a little a everyday.
Could you share some fucked up, bizarre, funny stories from touring?
Fletcher: Touring in itself is funny. The whole nature of it is bizarre when you really think about it.
It’s always hard for me to answer this question because so many things happen in the span of even just a few days on tour, let alone years and years of it. But the first thing that comes to mind is… a couple years ago we were playing in the Netherlands in a brewery or something like that. The stage was very tall and had no barriers or anything around it. I think it was a full house, so we started playing and just going for it. I think we were playing, “U Want The Scoop?” and before I knew it, I just remember opening my eyes on the side of the stage on the ground and looking up at Wyatt from below. He had a shocked look on is face and was still singing but simultaneously trying to motion to me to see if I wanted to stop the song. I guess I fell backwards off of the stage without realizing at all. It was such a long fall to the ground, that really couldn’t fathom how I didn’t end up with a head injury, especially being so close to all of the metal macinery. Anyways, I slowly crawled back up on stage and finished the song – and the set, with a few concerned people in the front row softly clapping on my behalf lol. But my lower back was not the same and as never quite been the same after that.
Wyatt: One time my side project “Enjoy” went up to play a few shows in Northern California. There was about 6 of us out there on that trip and we all got robbed out of our car, and lost more than half of everything we owned. It was honestly a horrible night, we ended up having to stay extra time time there too and all get back home separate you via flights or driving. We all spent a couple days in the same clothes and my girlfriend and I got robbed again a few days later, but thankfully they only tried to steal a skateboard from the car. I really enjoyed San Francisco before that.
What’s the wisest thing you’ve heard?
Fletcher: bE yOurSeLf – It may not sound like much, but thee ole statement holds a lot of weight.
Wyatt: Treat others as you’d want to be treated. Be polite when necessary and be yourself.
You’ve had a lot of interviews but what was the most memorable question you were ever asked?
Fletcher: Honestly, I typically forget about interviews because they are often forgetful. This one was cool though.
Wyatt: I’m not too sure if there was a massively memorable question, but something I dislike is when an interviewer asks me a good question and I’m not in the right mind frame to give the best answer I have. I end up looking like a fool.
What question would you like to be asked in an interview and what would your answer be?
Fletcher: I like conversations more than questions. It’d be cool to just have an unedited conversation, I think people would get more out of that sort of thing.
Wyatt: Yeah, like he said. A conversation is probably the best method for getting down to the best info.