Toronto, ON-based multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter SHYO seamlessly combines a style of R&B, soul, lo-fi, and hip-hop to create an energetic yet emotional sound. Today, we are happy to team up with him as he unveils his new single, “Mallory”.
Check out the single below and find out more about SHYO via our Five Questions With segment.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is SHYO, I’m a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter from Mississauga, Canada. I grew up in the ’90s so that meant bright colours, Dunkaroos, SEGA, Nintendo, YTV but what always had my attention was HMV and Much music. Music has always been a big part of my life as not just a passion but as a form of therapy. From something you want to say, an emotion you want to convey, or a story you’re trying to tell – it’s some form or way to connect. In many ways, I feel like people don’t even want to listen to a song anymore, they just want to be set in a mood or an emotion.
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
Bedroom lonely boy artist. This is what happens when you leave the long-haired loner kid with a bunch of instruments and a mic. I’ll leave it up to your imagination.
Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?
If FKJ and Anderson Paak had a baby. What kills me is an artist who sings along with the main vocal track or sounds nothing like their records…I promise I’ll never do that.
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
MALLORY (that’s a trick question, next).
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.