Q&A with Sunkin

Alternative/folk rock band Sunkin filled out a quick Q&A for us!

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION OF YOUR BANDMATES WHEN YOU MET?

Hector and I met in 2014, on our first day at the University of Westminster. I’m not exactly sure what it was that instantly drew us together. Maybe it was the Zeppelin tattoo on his wrist or the fact he was an older, charismatic guy with a half Scottish, half American accent – A product of Hector having studied drums in New York the year prior. Opposite to me at the time; an awkward eighteen-year-old country bumpkin from rural Dorset. But by the end of that day, we were in Harrow Subway together and the bond was formed.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY PLAYING SHOWS? 

We feel so blessed to have played ‘The Borderline’ before it closed down. Being able to stand on a stage and know the likes of Jeff Buckley, Oasis, REM, Amy Winehouse, and PJ Harvey, had played there. It also happened to be the first show that we sold out. There was something magical about that space.

WHAT ARTIST WOULD BE YOUR DREAM COLLABORATION?

Right now I’m into the ‘Middle Kids’ new album ‘Today We’re the Greatest. They fit so much artistry and musical nuance into the shell of a pop song. I respect that, and that’s why I’d love to work with them.

WHAT SONG ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF AND WHY?

Personally, my proudest moment was after we’d finished recording our first single ‘The Pond’. Taking a step back and reminding myself what it meant to me after all the hard work. The journey to that point was long and hard at times. Overcoming self-doubt, illness, and circumstantial turmoil, to get to the position where I was able to tell that story.

WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO GAS STATION ORDER?

Gum, vaping juice, and Pringles.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR NON-MUSICAL INFLUENCES?

My biggest non-musical influences are photographers, Robert Cappa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Ralph Gibson. Artists, Lucie Rie, Barbara Hepworth, Alberto Giacometti, and Egon Schiele. Architects and designers, Le Corbusier, Tapio Wirrkala, and Alvar Aalto. Actors and directors, James Dean, Marlon Brando (big fanboy) Alfred Hitchcock, and Orson Welles. I could go on and on with my different interests!

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF? 

Enjoy the whole process, not just playing in a band. Try and form your own unique identity. I think this is as important as ever in the music industry. Try to understand every aspect, from your image, your cause, and your business strategy. And don’t start smoking!

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE YEAR? 

First and foremost, we want to get back out there playing lots of shows and meeting great people. We aim to get back in the studio, record and release a couple of singles, maybe a video. Just everything we can cram in!

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