We had the good fortune of connecting with Shiloh McGraw and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Shiloh, how does your business help the community?
“Life depends on science, but the arts makes it worth living”

Creating and making music absolutely improves the quality of our lives. We just hope that the music we make will simultaneously brighten the listeners’ day.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
We’ve are excited about the music we’ve been focusing on recently. We’ve been “Jazzifying” classic video game songs. Incredible music from retro games such as Mario, Zelda and Donkey Kong.

We stream live music every week on Twitch.tv and YouTube. We started streaming out of necessity when everything was shut down for the pandemic, but now streaming has become part of our identity as we steadily gain listeners and followers around the world.

It’s been a long journey since Pocket Tangerine’s inception. We played restaurants, bars, and weddings in Tyler, Texas for 5 years before taking a 2 year hiatus when I went to China to work. We reunited in the Dallas area two years ago and started making music together again.

We’ve definitely learned many lessons over our years of gigging. Staying disciplined and keeping a positive attitude, even when dealing with feelings of discouragement, is a very important lesson I’ve learned. People, on some level, can sense when your attitude is negative. Persevering through the difficult times is the only option because giving up… isn’t.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Jazz Scat Lounge in downtown Fort Worth is a lovely underground escape. You feel you’re going somewhere that requires a VIP pass as you descend from street-level in the elevator and come out into a dimly lit, speakeasy-esk, jazz club.

For those wanting something athletic to do, there is summit climbing gym in Fort Worth. You can spend the entire day climbing the various walls (with various difficulty levels).

If you want a true Texas-two-stepping experience, Billy Bobs is a fun place to spend a weekend evening. Music, drink, pool and dancing. What more do you need?

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We’ve been very fortunate to meet friendly music lovers along the way who help us to get more work, therefore expanding our opportunities as a music business. We want to thank Larry Lott, a business owner who we met years ago in Tyler, Texas, who has helped us find new opportunities to make music for people.

Website: https://pockettangerine.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pockettangerine/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=pocket%20tangerine

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT2D4WlFeG5ncFtXmO2oVmA

Other: Twitch! https://www.twitch.tv/pockettangerine

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