sycloner is a collaboration between Peter Greasley (Vocals) and Daniel Cunnington (Guitar). The duo is based out of Brisbane-Gold Coast (Australia). Originally meeting as members of the BMG Australia signed band Dream Circle, Daniel and Peter reconnected in early 2018 to co-create the indie-pop sound of sycloner. Daniel writes music and plays guitar from a diverse music base, including classical concerts and recordings. Peter writes, sings, plays bass and keyboards.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Peter: I'd just bought my first synthesizer and these cool future jazz musicians asked me along to a recording session (out of pity for the newbie I think). In one of the breaks the singer caught me noodling about with some lame riffs and encouraged me to sing my own songs instead of waiting for a vocalist to come along. It was a light-bulb moment of possibility.
Daniel: The realization of how beautiful moving water, bird calls, the sound of the wind and Mozart are.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Peter: Playing a pretty rough venue one night and a heap of bikers turned up. I thought our pop stylings really wouldn't be their cup of tea. While I was singing a full can of beer sailed past my head, followed by a dude letting us know how shit we sounded. Next thing we see a couple of bikers grab this guy and march him outside. Apparently they were fans of the band! Awesome dudes.
Daniel: Being booked for a regional tour to arrive at the first venue which was empty because they forgot to advertise!
What has been the high point of your music path?
Peter: So far, it has been the ongoing opportunity to grow my skills as a songwriter and performer. I feel lucky to have the time and opportunity to write and record. sycloner has deepened my emotional connection with music, and it is an absolute pleasure writing with Daniel.
Daniel: Becoming a member of sycloner and concerto playing with conductor Werner Albert.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Peter: Daniel and I shape up some riffs, which get a jigsaw treatment until a cohesive soundscape emerges. The vocal melody mostly happens before lyrics, with the melody directing the song's emotional development and words take shape around this. Other times I take a more pretentious soap-box approach :)
Daniel: Mood selected first then, when distance running, the guitar is imagined into being.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be? Peter: I think the biggest challenge is changing attitudes about the value of music. Disrespecting intellectual property by pirating music sends the message that music is 'free'. I'd love to see a revaluing of artists' works.
Daniel: Being heard as there are another 5 million bands out there.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Peter: I'd be pretty stoked to be invited on stage with Damon Albarn, I reckon he's a musical genius who has transcended music genres over the last few decades.
Daniel: Beach House, a pure and beautiful style.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Peter: We have a long history of loose and focused approaches to rehearsal. Sometimes we need to undermine the clinical and bring the comical. It is amazing how new discoveries happen when you loosen perfectionism's grip.
Daniel: Practice of course. Music delivery must flow easily and be known intimately.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Peter: "Not That Kind Of Friend" was tricky for me as it was the first pop-rock song I'd worked on in a couple of years. It took me some time to get my head around what was needed. A slacker vibe helped me slide the vocals around Daniel's kick-arse guitar track.
Daniel: Trying to write meaningful guitar riffs in Dream Circle as the sound had many layers.
What's coming up in the future?
Peter: We've just completed our second EP, which will drop early 2019. At the moment we are planning the third EP and live shows. No rest for the wicked.
Daniel: The expansion of sycloner.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
You can visit sycloner on the following sites: