Interview by: Remington Fioraso
Photo Credit: Suzanne Sagmeister Photography
Me and Mae is a country band from British Columbia consisting of Shawn Meehan, Jacky Mae, Kim Gryba, Adam Reid, Ben Parker, and Kristina Jessen. They released their debut album “Off The Rails” on May 13, 2014 featuring the singles “What Cha Wearin,” “Tailgate Party”, and “My Heart Goes On.” We had the chance to ask Shawn a few questions via an email interview, keep reading to find out more about Me and Mae.
Who are your influences?
The Eagles , Zack Brown band , Bob Seger , Linda Ronstadt
How did you meet?
Jacky had been the winner of radio contest to come up and sing with another band that we were in ( Adam , Ben , Kim and I )
What is the typical Me and Mae writing process like?
I come up with the melodies and chord structures and Jacky writes the lyrics
You released your latest single “My Heart Goes On” to country radio. What has the reception been by fans so far?
The reaction to new single has been great!
For ones who have yet to see you perform, how would you describe your live shows?
High energy good time country Rock with big smiles lol
What has been your favourite song to perform live?
No favorites , all our songs are like our children , we love them all equally
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What are your favourite TV shows?
House of Cards , Vikings , Sons of Anarchy
Who are your favourite Canadian artists?
So many great Canadian artists , I would say , Dean Brody , Big Wreck , Rush ,to name a few.
What are your guilty pleasures?
Cranking Avril Lavigne or Katey Perry lol
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you pick and why?
Travel to the Himalayan mountains and chill out
Finally, is there anything else you would like to say to your fans?
We are nothing without them , playing live to great fans is the reason we do it!
Hi Everyone! My name is Remington Fioraso. I am a graduate of the University of the Fraser Valley’s Bachelor of Arts program in Sociology, Anthropology, and Media and Communication Studies. Within my program, I focused on social media, learning about contemporary and classical sociological theory (Including Marx, Foucault, Bourdieu, and Durkheim), and communicating effectively in various modes and for different audiences (including oral communication, business communication, academic writing, entertainment media, and presentations utilizing visual media). Within my program, the question arose for many courses, “What is the relevance in the real world?” Stepping (temporarily) away from being in university, I gained an interest in Latin American development, social movements, and business. Sooner than later, I will be applying for post-grad programs to dive further into LA development and social movements to gain a theory-background in addition to a personal perspective onto the topics. In my free time, I love to travel, consume media, eat, listen to music, and write. Listening to music and writing led to my interest in working with Canadian Beats! I have been a part of the team since April 2014. A few of my personal highlights of interviews include ones with some of my favourite artists – Sumo Cyco, Madeline Merlo, and High Valley. Be sure to connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!