Shaun Banks is the one man band of musician Žan Podgornik, who's based in the 500-year-old mining town of Idrija, Slovenia. His music is fueled by punk rock energy and is fused in a garage with the soul and groove of blues. Shaped by the town's industrial and rural environment, Banks takes his fans on a journey through his energetic craftsmanship, heavily influenced by The White Stripes, The Black Keys, and Robert Johnson. Playing guitar and foot drums simultaneously without the help of a looping pedal, accompanied by his powerful and colorful voice with bluesy harmonica fills is a guarantee for a great, live show.
Growing up and living in a town that was a cradle to many great Slovenian artists such as Kuzle, Kingstoni, and Zablujena Generacija it's no wonder Banks picked up a guitar early in his teens. He is a staple in the local music scene, opening for various bands at the Čipkarija festival and playing local venues. One of his most notable performances was a show in Portorose, Slovenia, at the luxurious Hotel Kempinski. He also performed at the ''11 ½ In Memoriam Peter Hafner Festival'' in Škofja Loka.
In the last year, he released 3 singles: ''What Are You Looking For, Little Birdie and Nonina Kemija'' with some of them also being featured on Radio Študent, Radio Primorski Val, and Radio Prlek.
In September, he was invited by KuZle to be a part of their compilation LP ''Naredte revolucijo za KuZle gre'' where he rerecorded one of their songs. The compilation was released by Slovenian national record label RTV Slovenija in collaboration with the national radio station Val 202.
Banks is currently working on new songs and is planning many more releases this year.