I guess i’m a lot of things really…….I”m a Guitar/Songwriter for House vs. Hurricane, Bassist for Dream on Dreamer, Owner of Oak & Jackal
Personal Trainer at Fit X in Newstead, Brisbane, Working at Adidas as a 3IC Manager, Freelance model and Instagram influencer but at the
end of the day i’m Chris Shaw, 29 year old living in Brisbane, Australia.
WHAT’S A NORMAL DAY FOR YOU?
Up at 5am, head to the gym and train until approximately 6:30, PT clients until 8:30am and then I head to my other job at Adidas. Work 9-6:15 and then back to the gym to train a couple more clients, home to package the previous days orders for Oak and Jackal, dinner and sleep.
WHETHER IT BE WORKING ON A NEW RANGE OF WATCHES FOR OAK & JACAL, TOURING WITH YOUR BANDS OR WORKING OUT AT THE GYM, IS IT EVER HARD TO FIND BALANCE IN YOUR LIFE?
Definitely, I struggle to keep a routine some days, as running a small business is incredibly volatile, and everyone know’s bands generally have a crazy schedule. Lucky this year we’ve been a bit quieter and i’ve been able to manage easier.
WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO AT THE MOMENT?
Blackbear – Digital Druglord
Eternity Forever – Fantasy EP
Daniel Caesar – Freudian
BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU’VE HAD SINCE STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS?
Pushing through the slow periods, and balancing the busy ones. Cash flow is never constant, so it’s always about budgeting correctly for when times are a little quieter.
BIGGEST PET PEEVE?
People who think Coke Zero tastes just like normal Coke.
WHAT WOULD YOUR 16 YEAR OLD SELF THINK ABOUT YOUR LIFE RIGHT AT THIS SECOND?
Too busy with not enough video games.
WORST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN?
‘Guangzhou in China is a great city, you’ll love it’ Thanks Mum.
PLAYING IN BANDS FOR AS LONG AS YOU HAVE, DO ANY TOURS, SHOWS OR PLACES HAVE A SPECIAL PLACE IN YOUR HEART?
House vs. Hurricane headlining a sold out Manning Bar in 2009 with support from Nazarite Vow. Still one of my favourite shows to date, the sell out was so unexpected and the show was wild. Unify 2016 with DOD and 2017 with HVH were also amazing.
FAVOURITE PHRASE, MOTTO OR LYRIC?
‘You can’t always change the circumstance or situation you’re in, but you can change your attitude towards it’
WHAT’S A MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE THAT’S TAKEN YOUR BREATH AWAY?
Seeing Red Square in Moscow for the first time. It was insanely cold, around -11c, and snowing, and almost Christmas. There was a rad market out in the open with some amazing food and stalls, and then behind that was Saint Basil’s Cathedral that i’d only ever seen in photographs, it looked so much more vivid and colour in real life than I’d ever seen in photos.
The architecture and vibe of the entire square was just so different to anything i’d experienced before.
Chris has so much going on that you’ll find it difficult not to follow him.
whether it be his bands House vs. Hurricane or Dream on Dreamer – His company Oak & Jackal – or his personal instagram.
Keep working and get inspired by this incredible individual.
Much love x