Shawn Mendes x shawnmendesupdates1x
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‘Fan Account of the Month’ (#FAOTM) is a fan-appreciation series on UMUSIC!
At UMUSIC, we acknowledge and value the efforts of fans from around the world. The passion, dedication, and love fans have for their favourite artists is something the team at UMUSIC has admired for a long while. For this reason, UMUSIC has decided to feature a fan account every month. This will give our UMUSIC community the opportunity to learn about different fandoms, their hardworking members, and more about the artists!
Fan account: A social media account created by a fan dedicated to a particular piece of pop culture. This series will focus on fan accounts dedicated to artists.
Update account: A fan-run social media source for fan accounts. An update account serves as the main source of updates on a specific artist. An update account will gather all media, promotional items, and information on an artist and share the information with other fans. Think of update accounts as a constantly updated Wikipedia for fans. This series will also focus on update accounts, which are simply larger fan accounts.
October’s fan account of the month features a Shawn Mendes fan account: shawnmendesupdates1x! The account is run by a dedicated Mendes fan from the Middle East called Neosha. Neosha has grown her Instagram following to 233,000 – one of those followers being Shawn himself. Running shawnmendesupdates1x and updating fellow fans on all things Shawn is one of the many ways Neosha is able to show her love, appreciation, and admiration for the “Wonder” artist.
The team at UMUSIC asked Neosha questions pertaining to Shawn, his newest music, merch, and fan culture. Below are a collection of her answers:
Why are you a fan of Shawn?
Shawn is an incredibly talented artist, and I feel a powerful connection to his music. No matter how I feel throughout the day, I can always play his songs and immediately feel joy and happiness in my heart. His music takes you on a journey which perfectly describes his emotions, and you get to see his world through his eyes. Whether he’s strumming one of his beautiful slow love songs on his guitar or singing an upbeat pop song you can’t get off your mind. the heartfelt lyrics, his voice, everything compliments each other in perfect harmony. It is just flawless. I not only admire and adore him as an artist but also for the amazing person that he is.
In this crazy world, he is just being himself. open and unfiltered and he treats fans as his friends. It is so inspiring to see Shawn use his platform to care for others and raise awareness about the social issues he’s passionate about. Last year, he launched the Shawn Mendes Foundation which advocates for children’s healthcare, youth empowerment, education, anti-bullying, human rights and mental health. He is truly one of a kind.
Can you describe your journey supporting Shawn?
Back in 2014, one of my friends played “Life of the Party” and “Something Big” by Shawn for me, and I was mesmerized. I really enjoyed the energy and lyrics of the songs. I had never heard about him until that day. I started looking up for his name and discography, and I realized his career has just kickstarted. Some months later, he released his debut studio album “Handwritten” and I just fell in love with that album and it turned out to be one of my favourites (it still is!). It made me a bigger fan of him, and there has been no looking back since then. In early 2016, I decided to take a step forward and create my fan account for him to support him on social media and interact more with his fanbase.
At first, I was struggling to figure out what kind of account I should go for and what type of content I should share. I was new and didn’t have any experience in this area. I was just an excited fan who wanted to show her love and support for her favourite artist. After a while, I turned my account into an update account. I made so many great friends in the Mendes Army and was gaining more followers with every passing day. Luckily, my account turned out to be one of the biggest fan accounts for Shawn, and I’m very grateful about it.
How would you describe Shawn fans and the wonderful community you’ve all built?
To me, the Mendes Army is more like a big happy family than a fanbase. We all might not speak the same language or live in the same culture, but all of us connected with each other for our mutual love for Shawn and his music, and I’m so thankful for it. I think everyone has found a lifelong friend in one another in this beautiful community. That person might be half-way across the world, but they could still become someone you share all your happy and sad moments with. As one of the biggest Shawn fan accounts, I’m pleased to be able to have a platform to gather many fans and see them having a close connection and sharing a unique bond together.
Has Shawn ever interacted with your account?
I’ve been lucky enough to be noticed by Shawn several times back in 2017 and 2018. He also started following and interacting more with my account in summer 2019. The fact that he knows about my account still gives me goosebumps!
What is your favourite part of this SM4 era so far?
The Wonder era seems very different from everything Shawn has done before, and it’s so exciting! It feels like he has opened his soul to us and is showing us a new side of him that we have never seen before. The new single is so genuine and inspiring. We can tell our Wonderboy broke out of his comfort shell and yet he seems so naturally comfortable in his skin now.
The visuals, the lyrics, the emotions and also the contemporary dance he did in the recently released music video for the first time was so amazing haha. I still can’t believe he actually danced!
Which SM4 merch item is your favourite?
Wonder merchandise has an amazing variety of stuff to choose from. There are many cool items, but I think wonder brass ring set, notebook and the wonder Zine with collectable cards are my favorites.
Do you have a favourite Shawn collaboration?
“Youth” by Shawn and Khalid is not only my favorite Shawn collaboration but also one of my favorite Shawn songs ever. It’s such a meaningful and empowering song with an important message that the world needs to hear. Like Shawn said in an interview with Variety: “When we talk about the word youth, we’re not describing age, but the feeling of happiness and freedom.”
That song created something bigger than all of us. It gave us the inspiration and motivation to believe in ourselves. Just because we are young that does not mean we don’t have the power to change the world for good. We are the future. We are the Youth.
Do you have a favourite Shawn moment?
The most special and memorable moment for me is when I met Shawn for the first back in 2018. After being a fan for years, I finally had the chance to meet him backstage at one of his festivals in summer. I can honestly say Shawn is one of the sweetest, the most down to earth and genuine people you will ever meet. We took pictures, and I had a short conversation with him, he even took his time to appreciate my fan account and thanked me for supporting for him. I know he has a tight schedule and yet he took the time to talk and be appreciative, it meant so much to me. I’ll always cherish this memory. Shawn is a very caring and kind soul who genuinely deserves all the happiness in this word.
What makes Shawn different from other artists in the world right now?
What makes Shawn so unique is his that in such a short time; he went from vines and performing on small stages for Magcon to launching his own music career, selling out stadium shows and becoming a successful Grammy-nominated singer. He showed us with pure hard work, determination and passion, nothing is holding you back from achieving your goals and making your dreams a reality.
Despite being a superstar, he’s a family-oriented kind of person. He’s a humble soul who has always stayed true to his roots and appreciates his background (so very Canadian of him). He has a big heart and genuinely cares for others and simply can put a smile on your face. He always makes sure to show his gratitude and love for his fans and the people around him. It amazes me the pure energy Shawn puts into his live music! He puts his heart upon his sleeve whenever he performs, and you can feel how much he loves music and is passionate about what he does. I might be biased since I have seen Shawn grow from the very start of his career.
Nonetheless, to see him bloom into the person he has become, the effort he puts to push his limits to create something more than life itself through his music, the way he endeavours to educate himself to become more aware of what’s going on in the world, how he is trying to uplift people using his platform. To say I am grateful that I get to witness all this would be an understatement. *cries proud mama tears*
If you could say one thing to Shawn, what would you say?
I would thank him for all his hardworking, passion and dedication and everything he has done for us and all the wonderful memories he’s gifted us throughout the years which we will remember forever. And I would like to let him know how proud I am of the man and artist he has become. I just hope he always takes care of himself and know we will always love and support him and have his back no matter what he’s going through.
Are there any other Shawn accounts you recommend?
There are many fan accounts that I love and admire but some of my favorites accounts on Instagram are:
@mendesphotogallery1 – if you would like to have a daily dose of beautiful pictures and edits of Shawn you should definitely check this account out.
@okayy.mendes is an awesome account where you can enjoy watching lots of cool and funny videos of Shawn.
The UMUSIC team would like to thank Neosha and all of the Shawn Mendes fans for the hard work they put into their accounts. Your patience, aesthetics, and loyalty do not go unnoticed.
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