“Fantasy meets reality” -- that's the opening line of “Vegas,” the opening track on Shamir’s debut album Ratchet. It’s a fitting rallying cry. Just 21 years old, Shamir recently played the first set ever at his hometown’s T-Mobile Arena, setting the stage for Wayne Newton, the Killers, Imagine Dragons, and… Blue Man Group. Do we even need to tell you what song he did first?
Last week, Shamir stopped by the New York Billboard office for an episode for our weekly alternative music podcast, the Alt In Our Stars. The lead Ratcheteer was on tour opening arenas for Duran Duran -- again, you know, NBD -- and spoke on what it’s like to tour with the new wave legends, along with Nile Rodgers.