Interview – Shaun Klepko aka Lil Fish gets inspired from the people surrounding him


Shaun Klepko is Ottawa-based rapper and producer who is releasing his new album with his project Grand Fisher on 6th of July. In a few days, you will be able to read our review of it! We talked to him about his inspiration in the past and the present, the local scene in his area, and of course how Drooble helped him find like-minded people.

Hello! Tell the world about yourself. How did you grow up to become the musician you are today?

Hello! Thank you so much for having me :) My name is Shaun, but you can also call me Lil Fish! I’ve loved making music for as long as I can remember. My earliest memory is me writing my own song on the piano! I’ve practiced a lot, and I’ve learned some things over the years.

Introduce your current musical projects and tell us what makes each one special for you!

I sing, rap and produce for my project Grand Fisher! It’s a pop project that also sounds like hip-hop, electronic, dance and house. I love Grand Fisher because it helps me feel closer to my friends.

You have been playing music for a long while! How do you find the drive and inspiration to keep going all this time?

I think that as life changes, so do the things that inspire you! My previous projects have been inspired by heartbreak, loneliness and existentialism, but Grand Fisher is inspired by the wonderful people around me :)

How is your local music scene in your perspective? Do you feel like you belong there?

The Ottawa music scene is full of very talented and friendly musicians :) There are so many different genres they play, but I don’t know a lot of other pop musicians in the city. I love and support musicians of all genres though <3
What is your all-time favorite record and how did it change you as an artist?

I love love love EP2 by Yaeji! It showed me that a record can be emotional, fun and thoughtful at the same time while retaining a coherent, atmospheric aesthetic. I hope to make an album as good as EP2 one day :)

What are your favorite software and hardware tools for music production?

I love love love FruityLoops 12, the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 and the TC Helicon VoiceLive Play! To get good vocals, I always use a Shure microphone (just to be s(h)ure).

What is your songwriting process like?

First, I come up with lyrics that describe something crazy my friends did. Then I sing them until I figure out a good melody. Then I make the beat in Fruityloops and sing and rap over it!

Out of all the live shows you played, which one was the most memorable, and why?

One time, I was the opening act for a festival and my backing track and visual component broke down. But apparently my performance was so good that everyone said they loved it :)

What is your biggest musical goal?

I want to make everyone feel like they are fun, fab and lovable, just like my friends <3 How has being on Drooble helped you as a musician?

Drooble has helped me make tons of musician friends from all over the world and give tons of musicians feedback on their work. Thank you for running such a perfect platform for musicians to connect with and support each other :)

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