Sketchnotes of Shakey Graves’ Austin City Limits Interview

One of my favorite things to sketchnote are unscripted one-on-one conversations, because you never know where the conversation might go, and almost always you arrive somewhere unexpected.

In this post I’d like to share and reflect on the sketchnotes that I took of Shakey Graves’ interview at Austin City Limits.

Alejandro Rose-Garcia is one of most intriguing performers that I’ve come across lately, and as I slowly start to think about pursuing music more seriously myself, I enjoyed hearing his take on what makes performing your own music – and performing it in front a live crowd – special.

Reactions & Reflections

Here are some of the highlights from that interview:

  • The relationship between the musician and the audience both scares and excites me.
  • I love the idea of a one-man-band setup and am eager to try out some version of it if I get the chance (I’d also like to find a way to make it my own so as not to be blatantly stealing).
  • That the story you tell with your music can come from truth but contain enough metaphor for the audience to see you in it and also see themselves in it.
  • It’s interesting to imagine the process of taking an experience or a feeling, writing words about it, performing those words to music, and then creating a (different, but connected) feeling in someone else. That’s powerful.

Sketchnoting Process

I like the single-page approach that I took for these notes. It worked well for the 15-minute long interview. The notes feel a little bit text heavy but I liked the specific phrasing on the ideas the Rose-Garcia shared (not surprising considering his singer-songwriter background).

Here’s hoping your sketchnoting is helping to connect you to your passions and move them just a little bit forward!

Till next time,


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