INTERVIEW: Sunset Jet

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

Hey, we’ve been really good! Really busy, but good!

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

Feel Better is out on November 20th. It’s our 8th single and the final part of our ‘Happiness EP’ which consists of this song and our 2 previous singles ‘Smile’ and ‘Happiness Is A Work Of Art’.

We recorded it between AnotherDAM Studio and our band house on the Isle of Man. It was mixed and mastered by Sara Carter (Music Mix Pro).

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

In essence it’s a song for anyone who’s ever been afraid to talk about their own struggles. It’s about how some people always try and solve problems in other’s lives before they’ve even listened to the full story. I know it’s definitely something that I’ve experienced myself and something that I’ve done  to other people before. Trying to solve people’s problems normally comes from a good place, but until you really started thinking about what you’re saying, you don’t realise how condescending it can be. I wanted to write a song that vented all my frustrations about being spoken down to, but also to be self-aware enough to realise that it’s something that I’ve been guilty of.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

For sure, we produced a video in our living room with some help from a green screen. It’s essentially a performance video with loads of glitching effects with a really grungy VCR feel. Luckily Brad works as a videographer on the side and edited it all down for us!

How was the recording and writing process?

We’ve been living with the song for about a year now, Dan originally wrote the instrumental back in the summer of 2019 and we knew it was going to be something special. Over the course of the year Brad’s written about 3 or 4 different sets of lyrics, with the main hook actually coming last after we’d started recording Feel Better

The recording process was totally different for us, we had a pretty solid idea of what the song was going to be when we went into the studio. But as we were recording and adding parts, the song completely changed to the point that the finished article is almost unrecognisable from the demo we went in with. Also because of lockdown we had to record a lot of the song at home in a shoddy live room we built in our garage with bargain doors, pallets and a load of clothes that would’ve been on their way to the charity shop! We spent some long hours recording vocals in the garage, coming out then Brad would go and rewrite a line or melody and then we’d repeat the process the next day, but in the end it was definitely all worth it.

What role does the Isle of Man play in your music?

The Isle of Man really is our home. Unlike the UK, we’ve been fortunate enough be pretty much Covid free for the last few months. Since we came out of lockdown, our gig calendar has been absolute rammed. From the venue owners who have us playing every week, to the dedicated people who come to every one of our gigs no matter how many connecting buses they need to take, we feel like we belong to the people here. We’ve had so much support we can barely believe it and we’re just buzzing that we’re making music that seems to put a smile on the faces of our audience.

Who has influenced your writing the most?

That’s really difficult! As a band we have such a varied taste in music. Lyrically we try to focus on writing from our own experiences as literally as possible, which kind of comes from punk poets like John Cooper-Clark and also late-80s/90s American rappers. Musically speaking, we all love immersive psychedelic sounds which we combine with distorted guitars and a solid rhythm section. Then we try to wrap all that up and package it in a 3-minute pop song.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

It sure does, we’ve finished work on our next single ‘Shitshow’ which feels like a really big step for us as a band (it’s the first love song we’ve written and recorded). It’s a tune that always goes off when we play it live so we can’t wait to release that next!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

It’ll be out really soon, we’ve got some big plans for a video so as soon as we’ve nailed that down we can get the ball rolling on that one!

What else is happening next in Sunset Jet’s world?

We’re working flat out at the moment writing, recording and gigging. We’re playing our biggest headline gig at the end of this month in a 250 cap venue in our hometown, we’ve even got a couple of minibuses booked so hopefully it’ll go off! Then as soon as the situation improves in the UK (which fingers crossed will be really soon!) we’ll be hopping in the van and getting on the circuit.

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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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