He's been pulled through life backwards at times, but in the latest issue, Beartooth's Caleb Shomo reveals what he's learned from those experiences.
1. You don't need idols. If you put your mind to it, you can do what they do, too.
Fact: idolisation bums Mr Shomo out quite a bit. “To me, that says that you think someone else can achieve something you can’t, which is absolutely ridiculous.” Confessing that he sounds like a grandpa while saying this, his message remains a powerful one: “Just be happy with you and strive to become the best version of that.”
2. Don’t be pissed off for the sake of it. Turn it into something awesome.
“It’s really sad how many people take [insecurities] out by being negative. Mostly, Beartooth is an outlet for that emotion”, Caleb reveals. “It’s about just being honest with yourself.”
3. The music industry has a lot of dicks in it.
As with any situation in life, it really helps to surround yourself with people who can actually take ‘no’ for an answer. “If you have a team of people that make decisions for a quick buck then you’re wasting your time and you’ll end up in a dark hole. I’ve seen bands' careers ruined by terrible people who take advantage of them and throw their art in the trash”, says Caleb. It doesn’t hurt to be nice, people. Seriously.
4. John Feldmann is a really, really good guy. We knew this already, but he’s more than just an A+ producer…
Finding himself sobbing during the recording of 'Disgusting', Caleb found solace in the maestro mixing man. “We got into this really deep conversation about life and he said ‘I can guarantee you that at the end of your life, the last thing you’re going to be thinking is that you wished you’d stressed out [more]. You’re going to be wishing you led a happy life with a positive outlook’.” Wise words from a wise man, eh?
5. You’ll make mistakes, whether you’ve been on the road since you were 15 or not.
Touring in your teens in a successful band and dropping out of high school for music is the dream for many, but take what you wish for with a pinch of salt. “I feel like I was robbed of my youth”, Caleb admits. “I missed out on so much. I also know that I skipped a lot of things that I could’ve made really big mistakes with in life, so I made others”. But that’s all well and good if they’re learnt from, guys.
You can read more of Caleb's life lessons in RS192. It's available to download digitally, order straight to your door, or pick up in UK stores today! Need a run-down of what else is inside the mag? This should have you covered.