INTERVIEW: Third Sun

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

I’ve been great! Excited about the release of Get There.

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

Free is just an infectious, bouncy, feel good vibe.  The lyric says “Light as a feather, free as a bird” and that’s definitely the idea behind that record. Free was one of those tracks that kinda wrote itself, it came together very quickly. I had good time working on it.

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

Not a particular event but several things did cause it to happen. I was at a music conference in LA put on by Splice.com and met a cool singer that told me about her Splice simple pack. Right then, when she told me about her sample pack, I had a feeling there was something on it that would be dope and I was right! When I listened to it I found the vocal sample (the vocal cluster in the intro that is throught the song) that is one of the main features of Free. I then stumbled across an acapella from a song I did with singer Tai Pace and when I heard her sing ‘Free Like A Bird’ I tried it with the track and it just worked perfectly. Next, I played the in-process track for fellow producer Kristi Komax. She loved it and was banging out a pattern on her coffee cup. I turned up the mic, recorded her “coffee can percussion” and Free was a done deal!

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes, I’m working on a video for it now. It should be done in January 2020.

The single comes off your new album Get There – what’s the story behind the title?

It’s music to help you Get There. Whether its some music to play in the car while you’re getting to your destination or music to help you get to the right head space, or to the right mood.

How was the recording and writing process?

The recording process was pretty smooth actually. There were some songs that were created in the studio and some created in Starbucks or Coffee Bean, lol. Sometimes its cool to get out the studio and be in the world to get some different vibes. Those 4 walls be closing in on me sometimes.

You brought some special guests – did you handpick them or how did they come on board?

Yes, the special guests are friends that I’ve worked with over the years. I’m actually producing an EP on Soup from Jurassic 5. Since he was in and out of the studio, I got some vocals from him for “Get Yours.” The vocals on Reminisce are from another long time collaborator, Troy Wimbley. He will also have new music out next year. JimiJames provided vocals for Feel The Night, her album Oceans & Waves was recently released.

What did they brought up to the table?

The vocals essentially made the tracks into songs. For instance, Reminisce without the vocals would be just a track. Sometimes tracks are cool but having a vocal and topic to work with gives me a story and a mood to elaborate on.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?

Oh yes, the approach is different simply from having another person in the room.

Known for going the extra mile – how much did you get to experiment on this record?

I had fun with some of the arrangements. For example, on “Feel The Night” it starts out one way, takes a turn, and ends a different way. I was tempted to bring the first section of the song back at the end but it was nice to just not do it. Let it flow. Instrumentals are difficult to keep interesting. It may be easy to make a hot 8 bars but then what? I eventually ended up making my own song formats.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Inspiration would come from a drum or synth sound, a sample from Splice, a vocal chop, or some chords I found while playing keys. The inspiration was everywhere. I just had to be ready to receive it and have the time to create.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, I’m working on a live show now.

What else is happening next in Third Sun’s world?

There is alot of music coming up! In addition to working on my own project, I also am in a production group called The Trilaterals with producers Krist Lomax and Al Jackson (AlJax3) and we’re finishing up our next project in December. I’m also putting the finishing touches on an EP for Soup aka Fullee Love. There are also some Trilaterals remixes to be released in January.

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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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