Interviews

Seeking Solace With Matthew Little

Mustard had the pleasure of speaking with London's Matthew Little. Together we discussed how songwriting can be a form of therapy, their creative process, emotions, and their upcoming single "Replaceable" that comes out tomorrow! You can pre-save "Replaceable" here 1. Before we begin, Mustard would like to thank you for joining them! How are you … Continue reading Seeking Solace With Matthew Little

Treat Yourself to a Sad Snack

Mustard had the pleasure of speaking with NorCal's Sad Snack. Together we discuss the origins of their name, how they caught the attention of The Mountain Goats, and later played with them, their influences, and so much more! Check out the interview below! 1. Before we begin, Mustard would like to thank you for being … Continue reading Treat Yourself to a Sad Snack

Prepare For a SKA BREAKUP with bitbitbit

Mustard had the pleasure of speaking with bitbitbit about their creative process, influences such as Eichlers and JER (Skatune Network), their first release "Intentions & Consequences", and their upcoming album SKA BREAKUP! Check out the interview below! 1. Hello! Mustard thanks you for joining them. How are you? I'm doing wonderfully, thank u! the weather … Continue reading Prepare For a SKA BREAKUP with bitbitbit

Artists You Need to Check Out: Taichi

njpw1972 As a young condiment, in their developmental years, Mustard became fascinated by the human combat sport known as professional wrestling. Professional wrestling features incredible athleticism of all kinds; grappling, brawling, submission-based, aerial, and hybrid. Wrestlers tell a story both in and out of the ring. Their stories can span weeks or years allowing the … Continue reading Artists You Need to Check Out: Taichi

Lets Travel to L.A. With Alisha Michelle

Mustard had the pleasure of speaking with London's Alisha Michelle. Together we discuss their influences, their creative process, their single "LA", and so much more! Check out the interview below! 1. Hello! Mustard would like to thank you for joining them. How are you doing?  Hi! Thank you for having me!! I`m doing great, currently … Continue reading Lets Travel to L.A. With Alisha Michelle

Become a Kodak Kid With Paddy Kerins

Paddy Kerins Artist Photo Mustard had the pleasure of speaking with Derbyshire's Paddy Kerins. Together we discussed their creative process, their newest single "Kodak Kids", being featured on BBC Music Introducing and so much more! Check out the interview below! 1. Hello! Mustard would like to thank you for being here. How are you doing? … Continue reading Become a Kodak Kid With Paddy Kerins

Simone Martin Has Created a Space For Artists To Feel Safe & Sound

Mustard had the pleasure of speaking with Safe & Sound founder, Simone Martin. We discuss the origins of Safe & Sound, how artists can get involved, and so much more! Check out the interview below! 1. Hello! Mustard would like to thank you for being here. How are you doing? Thank you for having me! … Continue reading Simone Martin Has Created a Space For Artists To Feel Safe & Sound

Examining Society With Wow Okay Cool

Mustard had the pleasure of speaking with New Haven's Wow Okay Cool! Together we discussed the origin of their name, capitalism and society in general, their favorite Connecticut artists, and so much more! Check out the interview below! 1. Hello! Mustard appreciates you being here. How are you? Mustard, the pleasure is all mine. I’m … Continue reading Examining Society With Wow Okay Cool

Artists You Need To Check Out: Vaughn Miller

Mustard has observed throughout the years that humans further solidify their identity while attending community college or at a four year institution. While in the cafeteria at Greendale Community College Mustard had the pleasure of listening to Vaughn Miller. Vaughn had the caught the attention of myself, Britta Perry, and Annie Edison. Miller is a … Continue reading Artists You Need To Check Out: Vaughn Miller

At The DIY Show with Fat Randy

Mustard had the pleasure of speaking with New England's own Fat Randy! Together we discussed the origin of their name, their newest album "Randy (Alex G)" which is out today, student loans, and so much more! Check out the interview below! You can stream their newest album "Randy (Alex G)" here 1. Hello! Mustard would like … Continue reading At The DIY Show with Fat Randy

Embrace The Sensations With Michael B

Mustard had the pleasure of speaking with Michael B (Italy) about their passion of electronic music, what goes into their production, and so much more! Check out the interview below! 1. Hello! Mustard appreciates you being here. How are you? Hi Mustard, I am very excited to be here talking with you. Thanks for this … Continue reading Embrace The Sensations With Michael B

EP Review: “Note To Self” – Kate Cosentino

Mustard had the pleasure of speaking with Kate Cosentino prior to the release of their debut EP "Note To Self." You can check out that interview here. "Note To Self" opens with what Cosentino has described as the non-committal anthem of the year, Emergency Contact. Emergency Contact, like a well-written novel, catches the listeners attention … Continue reading EP Review: “Note To Self” – Kate Cosentino

Ruby-Sage is Mad At You

Mustard had the pleasure of speaking with musician and current Berklee student, Ruby-Sage; about the community at Berklee, being a folk/rock camp counselor, and their upcoming debut single "Mad @ You". Check out the interview below! 1. Hello! Mustard thanks you for being here. How are you doing? Thank you so much for having me! … Continue reading Ruby-Sage is Mad At You

Hi (an interview with Eichlers)

Mustard had the pleasure of speaking with Eichlers about the formation of hyperska, the ska twitter community, their album "My Checkered Future", NEW TONE, and so much more! Check out the interview below! 1. Hi (interview edition.) Thanks for being here! How are you doing? Hi (im great and excited to talk to my friend … Continue reading Hi (an interview with Eichlers)

Lets Travel With So Cal Jack

Mustard had the pleasure of interviewing So Cal Jack (San Diego, California) about their aesthetic, traveling, their latest EP "In The Books", and so much more! Check out the interview below! 1. Hello! Mustard appreciates you being here. How are you?I’m good! I’m really excited to be interviewed by you!2. Having a 'brand' or 'aesthetic.' … Continue reading Lets Travel With So Cal Jack

Direct Your Attention To Honey Eyes

Mustard had the pleasure of speaking with Indie Pop/Rock Boston outfit, Honey Eyes! We discussed their creative process, their debut single, and their favorite spots in Boston. Check out the interview below! You can stream their single on the homepage and on all streaming service platforms! 1. Before we begin, Mustard would first like to … Continue reading Direct Your Attention To Honey Eyes

Prepare Yourself For The Skapocalypse With Deadbeat At Dawn

Mustard had the pleasure of speaking with Deadbeat At Dawn about their Skapocalyptic sound, their latest EP Dyscopia, and so much more! Check out the interview below! 1. Hello! Mustard would like to thank you for being here. How is everyone?  Yes! All's good with us thanks. Been enjoying a weekend of punk rock bands … Continue reading Prepare Yourself For The Skapocalypse With Deadbeat At Dawn

Embracing The Positives With Izzii Grace

Mustard had the pleasure of speaking with Izzii Grace about their EP "Just So Unluckily Me", mental health, the role music and social media has played in her life, and so much more. Check out the interview below! 1. Mustard learned a lot about the importance of confronting your mental health, good or bad, on … Continue reading Embracing The Positives With Izzii Grace

Exclusive Premiere: “Toxic Turn” by Soft Screams

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ykkrj4xfH4U Soft Screams was gracious enough to allow Music Shelf to premiere their latest Hyperpop single - “Toxic Turn” off their upcoming album DIET DAYDREAM! Mustard had the pleasure of speaking with Soft Screams about DIET DAYDREAM which you can check out here. “Toxic Turn” is the last single that comes out before the album … Continue reading Exclusive Premiere: “Toxic Turn” by Soft Screams

Mrs. Ghost Provides Us With Entertainment For The End Times

Presave "We're Not Ok" by Mrs. Ghost here Mustard had the pleasure of speaking with Jacob from Mrs. Ghost. Mrs. Ghost has an upcoming album coming out called "Entertainment for The End Times" which can be per-ordered now! We discussed their creative process, "Entertainment For The End Times", and so much more! Check it out … Continue reading Mrs. Ghost Provides Us With Entertainment For The End Times

Prepare For Monotone Flow With MERIT

Presave MERIT's upcoming single "Montone Flow" here! Mustard had the pleasure of speaking with MERIT (Berlin, Germany) about their incredibly powerful first single "Everybody Cannot Live", what got them into music, issues ongoing in society, and so much more! You can read the interview below! 1. Before we begin, Mustard would like to thank you … Continue reading Prepare For Monotone Flow With MERIT

Artists You Need to Check Out: Chip Skylark

Mustard has seen humans, unfortunately, use it as a toothpaste alternative. Rather than delight in of the flavors of mint, bubble gum, and original flavor some have gone to new extremes to guarantee a visit to the dentists office. Twenty years ago, an artist emerged that inspired humans to have a deeper appreciation for oral … Continue reading Artists You Need to Check Out: Chip Skylark

EP Review – “Sorry, Something, Summer” by Mt. Seaside

Today is Mt. Seaside day on Music Shelf! Before reading this review, check out Mustard's interview with the band here. The interview dives in deeper to Mt.Seaside's debut EP. Mustard never attended summer camp as a camper. This is due to the fact that most summer camps do not enroll condiments into their program. Nonetheless; … Continue reading EP Review – “Sorry, Something, Summer” by Mt. Seaside

Little Hand Says It’s Time To Rock n’ Roll With Mt. Seaside

Mustard had the pleasure of speaking with Mt. Seaside (Örebro, Sweden.) The band just recently released their debut EP "Sorry, Something, Summer" (which Mustard will be reviewing later today.) Together we discussed their origins, band name, their country of Sweden, and of course their EP! Check out the interview below! 1. Hello! Mustard thanks you for … Continue reading Little Hand Says It’s Time To Rock n’ Roll With Mt. Seaside

Artists You Need to Check Out: Yasper

The following contains spoilers from Apple TV’s “The Afterparty.” Please read with caution. Yasper could have had it all. He could have been a household name. Unfortunately, though, due to some unresolved trauma that would not end up happening. Mustard (along with others) were given glimpses of Yasper's creative brilliance during his interrogation for the … Continue reading Artists You Need to Check Out: Yasper

Chasing Dopamine With Soft Screams

Mustard had the pleasure of speaking with Soft Screams, of Connecticut; about their art collective Corrupted TV, Hyper Power Pop, their upcoming album DIET DAYDREAM, and so much more. Check out the interview below! 1. Mustard would like to thank you for being here. How are you doing? Thanks for having me! I’m doing pretty … Continue reading Chasing Dopamine With Soft Screams

Take A Bite With Big Fang

Mustard had the pleasure of speaking with Tony Mascolo from Connecticut's Big Fang. Big Fang is a power pop/indie rock band that recently released a two part EP - "Everything & Nothing At Once." These EPs along with their other discography can be found on Bandcamp and other streaming platforms. Check out our interview below! … Continue reading Take A Bite With Big Fang

Artists You Need To Check Out: Brother Julias

https://open.spotify.com/track/22a383GrokQOYQvhCyKCM2?si=0c679617d75f4cee Mustard was introduced last week to Brother Julias by Allison Toles. Toles, an independent artist herself (who released a great song in 2020 called "The Defining Decade") has been advocating on Instagram through her stories that everyone should check out Brother Julias. As a condiment who loves music, Mustard took Allison up on this … Continue reading Artists You Need To Check Out: Brother Julias

Getting Through The Sinking Ash With Miarlequin

1. Mustard would like to thank you for being here. How are you doing? Thanks for having me! I’m doing great. I finished some big university projects this year and I’m ready to take a break. I’m also very excited for the summer weather! 2. Who (or what) inspired you to make music? Additionally, who … Continue reading Getting Through The Sinking Ash With Miarlequin

Please Mind The Gap With Bebe Barry

1. Mustard would first like to thank you for joining Music Shelf. How are you doing? Thanks for having me Mustard, I'm doing fine and dandy thank you! 2. Growing up you played Middlesbrough FC 's "Pigbag (He's a smoggy)" through your nose with a recorder. Have you played any football club songs since then? … Continue reading Please Mind The Gap With Bebe Barry

Artists You Need to Check Out: Conner4Real

Once a member of The Style Boyz along with childhood best friends Kid Contact and Kid Brain Conner has decided to forge his own path of as a solo musician. His debut album; Thriller, Also has revolutionized the pop music genre. With songs such as "I'm So Humble" that highlights Conner's introspection and "Equal Rights" … Continue reading Artists You Need to Check Out: Conner4Real

Nothing Like A Good Ole Interview With Hans Gruber And The Die Hards

1. Before we begin, Mustard would like to thank you for being here. How are you doing? Thanks for asking. We’re tired, excited and a little hungry right now. 2. Could you share with Mustard how you met? Who came up with your band name? So I met Rosey in College and we’re married. But … Continue reading Nothing Like A Good Ole Interview With Hans Gruber And The Die Hards

Album Review: “Grieving Expectation” by Devon Kay & The Solutions

Grieving Expectation is the Devon Kay & The Solution's fourth studio album and their debut on Pure Noise Records. You can listen to this record wherever you stream music. Grieving is a complicated human emotion that Mustard has yet to fully experience. While they are sad when their condiment comrades are bought by a human … Continue reading Album Review: “Grieving Expectation” by Devon Kay & The Solutions

Album Review: Shrek Soundtrack

The following review contains spoilers of Dreamwork's Shrek. If you have not seen Shrek yet, Mustard recommends you do so immediately. Shrek is heralded by Mustard's human intern as "one of the greatest animated films made." With this high praise Mustard knew they had to watch it. Music plays an important role in films, Mustard … Continue reading Album Review: Shrek Soundtrack

Album Review: Hans Gruber and The Die Hards “With a Vengeance”

Hans Gruber and The Die Hards, of Austin Texas, just released their latest record "With a Vengeance" on Ska Punk International. You can find this album on all streaming services. Mustard had the pleasure of being able to experience this album early. Other condiments sat on the shelf with Mustard, such as Mayonnaise, became annoyed … Continue reading Album Review: Hans Gruber and The Die Hards “With a Vengeance”

EP Review: “Hi, is this Ska’s Mom?” by Flip and the Combined Effort

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Mustard had the pleasure of talking to Flip and The Combined Effort about this EP and so much more! You can read it here. https://open.spotify.com/album/777H7eLo0nH59CcDYPYQmN?si=ZuE2gRUURheR8uiYmJTT0w Mustard is not often found in classrooms. Unless, of course, they are on a crust-less sandwich made by a loving parent who hopes their small human … Continue reading EP Review: “Hi, is this Ska’s Mom?” by Flip and the Combined Effort

Album Review: “Psychokinetic Love Songs” by Hey, ILY

Condiments have the unfortunate pleasure of not being able to play video games. Ever since our creation, and after purchase, condiments such as myself sit idly in fridges or on dining room tables. From afar we hear humans become engaged in combat via virtual worlds with new and classic characters. Listeners have the pleasure of … Continue reading Album Review: “Psychokinetic Love Songs” by Hey, ILY

Mustard Invites You To Join Their Jingle Contest!

You, a beautiful and talented human, are cordially invited to Mustard's jingle contest! The contest is simple: create a catchy jingle for Music Shelf with Mustard. Mustard has had the pleasure of interviewing musicians from all across the globe. More interviews are on the way! They want to support you even more by continuing to … Continue reading Mustard Invites You To Join Their Jingle Contest!

Figuring Out If This is a Midlife Crisis With Common Sense Kid

1. You started making music during the COVID pandemic. What inspired you to begin creating music?I realized that I would probably have a lot more free time, I was working now working from home, couldn't leave the house. I've always had a guitar but never bothered to learn to play it properly.So it seemed like … Continue reading Figuring Out If This is a Midlife Crisis With Common Sense Kid

In Study Hall With Flip and The Combined Effort

1. Could you share how Flip and The Combined Effort came together?  I’d love to! I had played in a ska band in high school but once college rolled around, me and my band mates went our separate ways. Once I graduated and got a job, I found this crazy thing called “free time” and … Continue reading In Study Hall With Flip and The Combined Effort

Crafting A Prototype In a Parasocial Society With Kate Brunotts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7KYQclsfPI 1. You recently released a new single with River Hooks called "Prototype" that touches on internet dating culture. Did real events inspire the song? Absolutely! I’m very fascinated by parasocial relationships as well as ones that originate online and lead to IRL connections. River and I actually met on Bumble friends and I met … Continue reading Crafting A Prototype In a Parasocial Society With Kate Brunotts

April 22nd Releases You Need To Check Out!

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5WymDkt903AnuH0uNQR1j7?si=68e47b1a3d0a4614 It is Friday, you know what that means! Mustard has learned about human holidays such as Christmas, Boxing Day, Halloween, and Arbor Day. These special days though do not compare to the joy of your favorite independent artists releasing new music. Here is some new music released today that Mustard recommends you check out! … Continue reading April 22nd Releases You Need To Check Out!

Don’t Be A Lemon: An Interview With Ady Rayne

1. Who or what inspired you to begin making music? I honestly don't think there was a who or what. I started writing little songs when I was young, and I never stopped! I was able to find a class at my high school for recording technologies (music producing), and since then I've been able … Continue reading Don’t Be A Lemon: An Interview With Ady Rayne

Bungalow Jonathan Joins Mustard in Episode 2 of Podcast!

https://open.spotify.com/episode/0LforXW7KsWQF8ujCnhU2V?si=e41f8a7ef00c431d Mustard had the pleasure of speaking with the Karaoke King of social media, Bungalow Jonathan! We discussed Bungalow's original music, such as their new single, "What is a Man?" along with their creative process, their podcast "Bungalow Show", the persona of Bungalow Jonathan and Jean Daddy, social media, Spotify, and so much more! You … Continue reading Bungalow Jonathan Joins Mustard in Episode 2 of Podcast!

Don’t Wait to Take Flight With Flying Raccoon Suit

1. How would you describe your music? If you could choose one word to do so, what would that word be? If I had to choose one word, I'd go with "whatever". We all come from different musical backgrounds and bring our knowledge of metal, indie, jazz, and whatever else, add a healthy dose of ska, … Continue reading Don’t Wait to Take Flight With Flying Raccoon Suit

Sharing Perfect Thoughts With Charity Stow

Photo Credit: Jay Naylor 1. You come from a family of self-taught musicians. How has this helped influence your music? Do you remember the first instrument you learned? My dad being a musician has been a huge help with my music. It has allowed me to avoid a lot of bad situations and start my … Continue reading Sharing Perfect Thoughts With Charity Stow

April 15th Releases You Should Check Out!

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5WymDkt903AnuH0uNQR1j7?si=d54f66f49aeb48a7 It is Friday, you know that means! A new set of releases by your new or favorite artist! Here is what Mustard recommends you listen too today: "What is a Man" by Bungalow Johnathan (featuring Yessica Woahneil) continues Johnathan's exploration of the fragile male ego. Is this set within the same universe of "Only … Continue reading April 15th Releases You Should Check Out!

Listen to the Debut Episode of the “Music Shelf With Mustard: The Podcast” with Thorne Malik.

https://open.spotify.com/show/38k1scAJQPZmShVVsp0w3y Mustard had the pleasure of speaking with Thorne Malik. on the debut episode of the "Music Shelf With Mustard" podcast! Below is an abridged transcription of our conversation. Mustard hopes you enjoy! 1. We both have history with Channel 3 Kids Camp. You were both a camper and a CIT (counselor in training.) How … Continue reading Listen to the Debut Episode of the “Music Shelf With Mustard: The Podcast” with Thorne Malik.