Shane Lavers of Chanel Beads Trusts His Uber Driver With the Aux

Chanel Beads

Photo courtesy of Shane Lavers of Chanel Beads.

This is SOUND ADVICE, a weekly destination for playlists curated by Interview’s friends, enemies, and lovers. Over the past few weeks, we’ve gathered playlists from Wisp, Vegyn, and DJ_Dave. This week’s guest is NYC-based producer Shane Lavers of Chanel Beads, who’s just released his debut album, Your Day Will Come, with bandmates Maya McGrory and Zachary Paul. Since their cult, genre-distorting singles “Elf” and “True Altruism” hit the Dimes Square scene in 2022, Chanel Beads has dedicated their latest experimental project to sifting through hazy layers of memory and artifice. These nine tracks are strange and searching in equal measure, suggesting that the band has its sights set well beyond the downtown scene with which they’re often associated. To mark the release of their album and a sold-out record release show, Lavers curated a playlist of his sonic inspirations for us ahead of the band’s May North American tour.


Where do you dance? With my girlfriend.

What song on this playlist makes you cry? “Happy Tears to Waiting” by Monster Movie.

Bluetooth or wired headphones? Wired apple earbuds.

Favorite venue in NYC? When friends play Hart Bar.

Go-to post-show meal? Consomé.

What song do you wish you’d written? “Bigmouth Strikes Again” – The Smiths.

Who do you trust most with aux? Uber driver.

Who’s the queen of pop? Rihanna.

What haunts you? Skipping a meal, low blood sugar.

What song feels the most post-internet? Idk if I’m missing something I don’t know what this means?

Name your favorite artist no one knows about: This track called “Like 1969” by David Marks is my favorite song right now.

What was your first concert? Weird Al Yankovic at the Minnesota State Fair.

The world is ending. What are you wearing? Levi 501s.

How’d you come up with the name Chanel Beads? Classiest name that came to me.