Shadow Cabinet: A Session with Howard Wently
Interview Conducted on August 12th, 2010, Orlando, Florida, USA
By Sadaf Fayyaz
Shadow Cabinet has been performing since 2006 and has become one of the most renowned bands in central Florida. The band is famous for comprising music from eighties; nineties and 00s. Shadow Cabinet has its inspiration and influences from The Cure, INXS, U2, David Bowie, Talking Heads, The Smiths, The Pretenders, Duran Durna, Depeche Mode and the other great bands of yesteryears. Shadow Cabinet has been playing material by famous artists like Sublime, Dave Mathews, The Killers, Weezer, Coldplay and MGMT.
Howard Wentley is the guitarist and vocalist. Being a native of Pennsylvania, Howard started performing in R&B and rock bands during high school. He played at different night clubs, colleges, and outdoor shows. He has also been teaching guitar for more than fifteen years. He was also the founder of Allies, a very famous pop band of New York.
While at Boston, Howard joined I Inside, that was a very well know band which recorded and opened for top bands of Boston. He also worked as a talent screener for a booking agency and ran the New Music Nights at several clubs of Boston. He worked as a freelancer with many bands of Boston during this time and learnt a lot. He recorded and performed many times a year. He is also the founder of a famous Boston band Famous People. Howard also attended Emerson College and graduated with honors and getting s BFA in writing. He has been playing all over Florida and he has had the opportunity to open for Bad Company and the Indigo Girls. Unrated Magazine got a chance to have a small interview with this talented man. At some of the answers, one finds Jim also responding. The band has a fan list of more than 43,000. Besides this, Howard is also the press contact person for Shadow Cabinet. The band has also been playing at very famous pubs of Florida. They are really quite talented.
Sadaf Fayyaz: Tell something about your education and music training.
Sadaf: Tell about your inspiration.
Sadaf: Give a brief intro of the band members.
Sadaf: How and when did you guys got interested in music?
Sadaf: What was the first instrument you learnt playing and at what age?
Sadaf: List your favorite bands and musicians.
Sadaf: Share a few lines on your album. What are your expectations from fans?
Sadaf: What is your music genre?
Sadaf: Have you ever played cover songs?
Sadaf: Is there any message to your fans?
Sadaf: What is your source of learning?
Sadaf: How do you define music?
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