INTERVIEW: Sun of Sound

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

We’ve been great, and thanks for having us. We cannot wait to release this record and we are very excited to be playing and writing music we all enjoy.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Home”?

“Home” is the first single from our forthcoming release entitled “Good Days”. We finished up the song a little more than one year ago and we are all really pleased with the way everything came together, despite it taking a bit longer than we anticipated.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Yes! Home was written at a time when the band had some internal conflicts. Being that we are all childhood friends, we’ve been through a lot together- A LOT! Home was written as a reminder that we are all in this together and that we started something special when we formed this band. We knew we couldn’t let the little things get in the way of our chemistry and passion. Sometimes, when you’ve spent a lot of time on a project, you need to take a step back and appreciate the art as it is. It is important not to focus so much on the tiny imperfections and appreciate what we started this for in the first place.

The single comes off your new EP Good Days – what’s the story behind the title?

The title “Good Days” also captures the idea that we all need to be grateful for what we have. There are a lot of difficult, terrible, and scary things in the world. However, we can’t focus on the negativity- we must focus on the good days. The entire album is sort of bittersweet in that regard. But, that’s life.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was the first time we went into the studio without every note and section meticulously planned, so that was new and fun for us. We also didn’t have a time constraint on how long we could record in a given day, something that gave us a bunch of time to explore and go over everyone’s existing parts. It gave us time to get the best takes out of everyone and find what ideas and sounds best suited the song. Our engineer (Joe Mabbott) didn’t let us stop until the take was the absolute best he could get out of you. We cannot say enough great things about Joe.

Known for blending different genres – does one genre tends to shine out the most depending on the song’s theme or you try to blend them equally?

We don’t say to one another “we want this style here, or that style there.” We genuinely like most all types of music and we utilize all of our influences, mostly subconsciously. The only sort of formula we’ve ever stuck to is generally trying to stay palatable to a large audience as best we can without compromising the music we want to make. We always try to fit our various influences into our music with a pop sensibility just so that it is easily understood by a majority of listeners while still being meaningful for us and also musically interesting.

What have you learned from your experiences sharing the stage with big acts?

We have learned that, more or less, we are all the same and deal with struggles regardless of what level we may be at. We often meet and talk with all these successful and seasoned performers, and at the core it’s still about the same passion and drive, so it’s easy to connect on that level. They all tell us the same thing too, ” Just keep doing what you’re doing.” As silly as it sounds, it’s nice to get that reassurance from those you respect. Music is an art and there is a lot of vulnerability and insecurity that can come with it at times. They key is to be confident and honest in your expression while still remaining humble and sticking to what makes your heart feel good.

What aspects of good days did you explore in this record?

The musical and lyrical content all deals with a similar theme as mentioned before. The perfect manifestation of that theme, at least for the five of us, was definitely our journey out to Minneapolis, MN to record the album. All of the struggles we overcame in trying to write the music and get to the level where we had the opportunity to travel and record was emblematic of the overall themes expressed in the music we wrote together. At the end of the day it felt very satisfying to be making music that reflected everything we had gone through over our whole existence as a band.

Any plans to hit the road?

We have plans to hit the road in support of the record along with plans to play more out of state shows in general in the fall- be on the lookout for tour dates soon!

What else is happening next in Sun of Sound’s world?

We are gearing up to record a few new tunes we have been working on in the fall. We are going to follow up the record with more shows and hopefully get this next batch of tunes recorded so we can begin constructing a full-length record, something we are definitely excited about.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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