Shawn Mendes x @MendesCrewInfo
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May’s fan account of the month features a Shawn Mendes fan account: @MendesCrewInfo! The account is run by Maha and Alicia, fans of Shawn from America who dedicate their time to managing @MendesCrewInfo on multiple platforms. The team of two specialize in fan-promotion of Shawn’s work, live-tweeting during all events and concerts, creating a safe space for other Shawn fans, and much more.
The team at Umusic asked Maha and Alicia questions pertaining to Shawn and fan culture. Below are a collection of their answers:
How would you describe a fan or update account to someone who is unfamiliar with them?
It’s exactly what you’re thinking! An update account is an update source and a forum, whether that be on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, etc. where fans are able to connect with other fans through posts about their favorite celebrity, band, TV series, movie, music, and basically anything you can think of. It’s a community for self-expression and common interests. Fan accounts use update accounts to their advantage to follow, in our case, their favorite artist and get the latest updates and news on what they’re up to.
Are there any other Shawn fan accounts you recommend?
We are great friends with @TrackingSM and huge fans of their account. @SMendesQandA are also a group of incredible girls we are close with. Although they are currently suspended, we are eager for their return soon! Those girls are very supportive and also a huge help. All of us update accounts work together to ensure that we all have great content and updates to put out. At the end of the day, we’re all rooting for each other!
Has your account participated in any fan projects?
[Umusic: Fan projects are any projects created and executed by fans that result in the promotion of an artist and/or their work.]
At the start of the ‘In My Blood‘ era we initiated many streaming parties and did the same for Shawn Mendes: The Album. We created posters for fans to follow streaming rules such as using playlists and not muting the volume. We also created posters to request songs from radio stations and set specific times for fans to come back and stream with us. The projects were titled #StreamShawn and #RequestShawn. It was really fun because we got to interact with so many fans and help Shawn. We did a few giveaways to thank everyone for streaming, one of them being a signed CD of Shawn’s MTV Unplugged album that Shawn himself knew about and was eternally grateful for everyone’s hard work.
Another more recent project we started is called #ShawnTourGCs. Fans who are attending the same show respond to a specific tweet we put out and we create a group chat for them. This is an opportunity for fans to connect with one another and expand their friendships in the Shawn Mendes fan community.
Has Shawn ever interacted with your account?
Shawn has interacted with our account quite a bit! Every interaction has made our hearts skip a beat or two and results in a FaceTime call of us screaming “OH MY GOD,” and speaking gibberish for at least five minutes. Also, a lot of keyboard smashes and text messages that only we could possibly decode.
Why are you a fan of Shawn?
Maha: I’m a fan of Shawn because there is no one more worthy, in my opinion. His music has connected me to the greatest memories and people ever. He is constantly reiterating how thankful he is to have people like us supporting him, but it’s us who should be thanking him. It’s a genuine pleasure to love someone like Shawn because he treats his fans like friends. He’s very open with us and very in-touch with his feelings and I love that. He loves what he does so much that it’s almost contagious—he makes me want to get up in front of 20,000 people and sing my heart out, mind you I literally can’t sing! He introduced me to my best friend, Alicia, who I don’t go a single day without talking to, which led to her planning to fly out to Detroit and see Shawn with me.
Alicia: I’m a fan of Shawn because his music has brought so much joy, peace, and comfort in my life. I’ve never known someone who radiates so much light and kindness as he does. I love and value him not only as a musician, but as a person. He consistently shows us what true passion and drive looks like. His music has brought so many beautiful friendships into my life that I will forever be grateful for. We are so lucky to support someone like him!
Alessia Cara is currently on tour with Shawn. Is there anything in particular you love about their friendship?
We adore Alessia Cara! Before they both were signed to record labels, he tweeted a link of her cover asking who she was and has shown her nothing but love and support.
And that support is more than reciprocated on Alessia’s end, she has nothing but good things to say when asked about him. Seeing them tour together is truly a dream come true for all of us. They are the two most honest, most genuine, and most Canadian people ever! They seem very comfortable around one another and seeing behind-the-scenes tour footage of them together is heartwarming.
Do you have a favourite Shawn song?
Maha: My favorite song by Shawn hands down is ‘In My Blood’. I don’t think I’ve ever connected to a song and era as much as I did through his most recent album. I think it takes a lot of courage to open up about your mental health—celebrity or not—and even more to turn your struggles into a song and put it out for the world to love and critique. ‘In My Blood’ is very relatable in the sense that yes, sometimes we all feel like giving up and we all deal with very personal issues, but at the end of the day, it isn’t in our blood to give up. Tomorrow will always be a better day and if you genuinely believe that for yourself, you work towards it.
Alicia: My favorite song is ‘In My Blood’. This shows Shawn in his most honest state, which really helped me connect with it even more. The chorus just soars into the sky, the vulnerability pours out of his voice and he really makes you feel everything that he feels.
Do you have a favourite Shawn lyric?
“Tell me what’s inside of your head. No matter what you say, I won’t love you less.”‘Like To Be You’ ft. Julia Michaels
This is one of my favorite collabs Shawn has ever put out. But those lyrics specifically linger in the back of my mind. Shawn and Julia are speaking to one another throughout the song and this could be applied to anything, but in context of the song, he’s saying, “Tell me what’s inside of your head” so he could understand what it’s like to be her. After that follows “No matter what you say I won’t love you less” and that’s him expressing that it’s okay to talk about your feelings and what hurts you or what you’ve been through, the best part of being in a relationship or a friendship is to be transparent with one another to create a stronger bond.
“I don’t know what you’re going through, but there’s so much life ahead of you.”‘Hold On’
I feel like this lyric resonates with me because I have had a lot of growing up to do in the past few years, especially with entering my twenties and now that I’ll be graduating college soon (next week!), I have been listening to this song more often. A lot of Shawn’s music captures the feelings of love, loneliness, highs and lows that you feel at this age. There is nothing more comforting than hearing that you are not alone in how you feel, especially from your favorite artist so this lyric really means a lot to me.
Do you have a favourite Shawn music video?
Maha: I really adore the music video for ‘Mercy’. The song itself is very powerful but I really love the scenes underwater where Shawn is literally screaming for mercy—he is in a car underwater, practically drowning but at the end of the video he makes it to shore. The song is a metaphor for breaking free or letting go of something that has such tight grip on you and the best part about music is that you can take any song, any lyric, any video and what you’re feeling in life could be applied to that. A music video for a song as powerful as ‘Mercy’ just leaves you speechless.
Alicia: My favorite video is ‘There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back’. This song just makes me feel so happy. There is a lyric at the end where Shawn sings “I feel so free when you’re with me, baby” and I feel like that one lyric just embodies the entire song and music video. The video is just a cloud of young romance, stunning scenery, and the beauty of being alive.
What makes Shawn different from other pop stars in the industry right now?
Maha: The interaction is what makes Shawn so much different than everyone else. He is constantly working and on the go and he does that to ensure that we are never bored and are consistently taking in some sort of content from him. There are very few artists who end their shows by running off stage, being chased by tired security guards, just to hug and thank their fans. He has 3 rules and one of them is to never say no to a selfie. Even if there are hundreds of fans waiting outside of his hotel before a gig, he’ll stop and take a photo with as many as security allows him to as he’s on his way to prepare for M&G and a show. He’s like a breath of fresh air.
Alicia: Shawn is different from other pop stars because he is not a gimmick. The fire inside of him burns brighter than the stage lights and camera flashes. There’s something about him that draws others in. He has a gift for being able to connect with so many people on such a personal level— to the point where every fan has a unique connection with him. His music harvests so many friendships and so much love beyond any imaginable point. It’s a gift.
If you could say one thing to someone who may not be a fan of Shawn, what would you say?
To someone who isn’t a fan of Shawn (yet), we recommend that they listen to his latest album. It’s very real and honest. He has such a wonderful group of writers and producers that he works with and we think everyone can find a little piece of themselves in at least one song on ‘Shawn Mendes’. The music really speaks for him and we believe that his latest work may say everything that needs to be said.
If you could say one thing to Shawn, what would you say?
Shawn, we are proud of you and we hope you’re proud of yourself. You’ve made your mark on millions of people, including us. Thank you for all that you do, especially for connecting so many people from all over. Even if you don’t realize it, you and your music have helped blossom so many friendships around the globe and that alone is something to be proud of. Can’t wait until we’re 70 years old, attached to IVs and screaming the lyrics to ‘Stitches’ right back to you! We love you and there’s no one else we’d rather lose sleep for!
The Umusic team would like to thank Maha, Alicia, and all of Shawn Mendes’ fans for the hard work they put into their accounts. Your edits, hilarious tweets, and promotional efforts do not go unnoticed.
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