Cowra's home grown musician Shannon Guihot has long played live music but says there is no greater joy than completing his debut album after mixing it in a self-built studio in Sydney.
The singer and guitarist laid the tracks of album 'Remo St' while learning to use a studio, producing the record himself at his home in South Windsor.
The result is a 10-track album with a folk rock feel, which Shannon said encompasses in its songs both ends of the emotional spectrum - deep love and indifference.
"There's no greater joy than having thoroughly completed an album like I have for this one," he said.
Shannon's original songs are all drawn from life experiences, with the second track dedicated to his brother Ricky.
He said the album making process was a learning curve, and he faced self doubt at times, which he worked through to make the record with his band mates.
"You've got to get over the poor little old me syndrome," he said.
All the vocals and most of the guitar work on the album are by Shannon, who also works as a live sound engineer.
Despite his experience in live sound engineering he said its skills did not translate immediately to album making.
"They're a different beast, they don't translate immediately. It took many late nights learning how to use the studio program because I use a program not common in Australia, it's a very new one."
Shannon's first love however is live performance, having been support act for musicians including Mental as Anything, Spy Vs. Spy and Mark Seymour.
"It's the buzz. I miss that buzz of people jumping around and having a ball and enjoying what you do… nothing beats watching people getting into your tunes," he said.
Shannon attended Cowra Public School and Cowra High School under music instruction from Margaret Tapscott, then Richard Eyles.
He said although he was not the model student, he has fond memories of their classes.
"They did help me realise I had a bit of ability there and if I focus a bit more God knows what could come from it."
'Remo St' was named after a street his grandparents lived in on the Gold Coast.
Shannon feels he has many people to thank for getting him to a stage in his life he enjoys.
His thanks goes to his home town Cowra and the people who encouraged him to have a go and follow his dream.