We had the good fortune of connecting with Shane “Maux” Page and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shane “Maux”, how do you think about risk?
I’ve always been a person that just does things. When I have an idea or a dream it just try it out, most times it doesn’t quite work out the way I want it to, but sometimes it does and those ‘sometimes’ are always worth it. I never wanted to be a person who’s always talking about doing but never doing. I wanted to leave Michigan and move to NYC, so I did it. I learned how to DJ and now I have a skill that I can always profit from. I’ve always wanted to live in LA, so after 14 years in NY, I moved my family to LA. I never had financial support from any of my family, so following my dreams has been pretty hard, but there’s always a way.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m in an indie/alt-rock band called KNOCK THE VANDAL (yes, all caps!), and just released an album called “dreams of the dead” (yes, no caps, haha). We haven’t really followed any trends on this album and we sorta do what we want musically, and it just kinda worked! There’s something for everybody on here. Me moving to LA hasn’t made it easy for us since we’re technically bicoastal now, and we’re still doing everything on our own, but I sincerely believe that we’re going to make it.
It started during covid lockdown, as a creative outlet, and most of the album was made by file-sharing (a lot of emailing tracks and recording in our individual homes). It was very difficult and heartbreaking at times, but that grief turned into something truly beautiful. Give it a listen and tell me what you think. It’s a whole journey.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d take them to Gjelina or Felix (if I can get reservations), we’d hit up a comedy club or 2, go on a nice long bike ride from SaMo all the way down to Hermosa or one of those beaches and maybe spend a day or 2 in Joshua Tree.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to send love to my wife, Mieka, who’s always encouraged me to try things, even when it’s, um… less-than-fruitful. Also, my band, KNOCK THE THE VANDAL. We just put out a great body of music and these gentlemen are supremely talented. They’re still on the east coast, but I’m trying to get them out here.
Other: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/69bKepq3Kp4dfVFKp9oHTM?si=eZx3jOANRNe-rT5zq18Wzw SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/zTkRn9TLtj6TEuho9 Bandcamp: bandcamp.com/knockthevandal
Photos by Stewy Christopher @stewyiscool