Aaron J. Shay

About Aaron J. Shay

Aaron J. Shay is an independent writer, performer and musician from the Pacific Northwest. He has been stomping around and singing about dinosaurs and ghosts and the apocalypse since 2010, both as a solo artist and as a member of a folk-punk trio called The Mongrel Jews. His instruments include voice, banjo, ukulele and guitar.

He has toured the west coast of the United States, and has also performed in Helsinki, Finland and Reykjavik, Iceland. Beginning with his own home-recordings, Shay has produced and co-produced more than seven albums for peers in the alt-folk community of the Northwest, as well as for himself, both in DIY low-fi settings and professional studios as well. He has performed with such artists as Jason Webley, Geoff Berner, Zoe Boekbinder, and Unwoman.

Shay currently lives in Seattle, WA, where he doesn’t mind the weather.

Posts by Aaron J. Shay

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So You’ve Got a White Supremacist in the Audience

Aaron J. Shay

Staying silent is a way of obeying the rules and protecting yourself while doing nothing to address the bigotry on display in front of you. Every day that a bigot thinks they can get away with their hatred in public is another day they can influence others to their way of thinking.

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Art is Political Because Life is Political

Aaron J. Shay

Everything we touch and use in this world has been affected by the choices of businesses, governments, activist groups and individual people. The instruments we play our music on, our paints and canvases, the plays that we read from, the books that we publish.

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The Musician and The Performer

Aaron J. Shay

When there are established expectations, you can use that expectation as part of your art. You can distort it. You can reject it. You can play with it. An audience’s expectation of you is material you can shape, and you don’t have to follow the instruction booklet.

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