February is the worldwide month of anti-bullying awareness. In Canada, the 26th of February is celebrated as Pink Shirt Day where Canadian civilians wear a pink shirt to symbolize a stance against bullying.
Suns Of July, one of the most prominent Canadian bands, recently got involved in empowering school youth in fighting against bullying and released a heartwarming music video for their single “Beautiful You Are.”
We had a chance to ask them about their activism and projects they’ve worked on. Checkout the interview below!
Welcome to Vents! Who stands behind Suns Of July?
Suns Of July were formed by 3 veterans of Toronto’s music scene. The singer, Kosta Dimos, his brother, and drummer, Anastazio Dimos, and lead guitarist, Nick David. The band is rounded out by bassist, Cary Corvair and keyboardist, Mark Burnes.
How long have you been a band?
We officially formed in the spring of 2018 with our inaugural album release planned for the spring of 2020.
Are you planning to tour this year?
We will be performing numerous gigs in and around Toronto and the GTA in support of our new album, ‘Hello People’ after the album is released and will announce dates shortly.
Are you currently working on any other projects?
We are currently putting the final touches on our album along with completing the animated video for the album’s title track, ‘Hello People.’
Who or which band would you like to collaborate with in the future?
We are fans of many great bands. But as of right now, two bands that come to mind are The Arkells and Imagine Dragons.
What are your biggest inspirations?
Musically, we tend to draw more from the 80s, 90s, and 2000s pop/rock influences such as U2, REM, Coldplay, and The Killers.
How has your music evolved during the past few years?
Each of us have been in different bands and projects over the years. We think that our current tone has evolved into a more sophisticated and mature sound. The songwriting has also evolved as we have grown and have lived through more life experiences.
Please tell us more about your latest release, “Beautiful You Are?”
‘Beautiful You Are’ is a song of which we are very proud and we are very humbled at how impactful the video is. We hope that the audio and visuals empower children and young people to love and respect themselves and to never feel “less” than.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PDGaRoGpjc]
To what extent did Kosta Dimos’ experience with bullying affect the making of this song?
Kosta and lead guitarist, Nick David, were both seriously bullied in elementary school and this bullying was the impetus for their songwriting process. Writing and performing this song was therapeutic.
Please tell us why you didn’t portray abuse and bullying in the visuals and instead focused on the positive aspect of children’s behavior?
The beginning of the video depicts children who are upset and troubled. These introductory scenes depict the after-effects of social ostracization and bullying. The balance of the video shows these same children overcoming the feelings of self-doubt and insecurity spawned by bullying. We don’t think it would add much to have filmed scenes of kids being pushed into lockers or mocked. We wanted the majority of the video to depict positive and inspiring images.
If you had one message to give to your fans, what would it be?
We will provide two messages! The first would be for them to follow their passions unapologetically. We only get one life and we must live it authentically and must be true to ourselves. The second message would be to love yourself and be kind to everyone because we are all fighting our way through our own battles and there is no sense in gratuitously adding to someone else’s load.