Circle of Sanity - 10 Questions Music Interview
Updated: Sep 29, 2020
Circle of Sanity combines hard rock, classic rock, and metal to create their own unique sound. Josh Sapna is on guitars and vocals;
Carson Slovak is on bass; and Grant McFarland is on drums. Circle of Sanity has toured the Mid-Atlantic region from 50 seat bars to clubs with a capacity of over 2,000 such as the Silo in Reading and Mac's Club in Baltimore. One thing remains consistent through every show they do and that's an overwhelming positive response from the audience. Circle of Sanity brings it every night. They leave the audience wanting more and singing along with every word.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
There's no one thing I could put my finger on. When I discovered Led Zepellin and Pink Floyd, it made me want to play guitar and sing. Once I learned to do play and sing, the writing part just came naturally. I had all these ideas flowing, and I really never had a problem bringing them to fruition.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
During the Millennium Music Conference show in 2011, a guy in the crowd was rocking out and passed out while he was head banging. He fell into my pedal board and mic stand causing my mic to fly across the room. We happened to be in a guitar solo when it happened so we just extended it until the stage hand tracked down the mic and replaced it. Then we broke back into the chorus and never missed a beat.
What has been the high point of your music path?
I'd say the recording of the latest EP. I know it doesn't sound too exciting but, for me personally, it was the first time I felt like everything turned out as good as it could all across the board.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
It always starts with a guitar line or riff. Then I'll build off of that. I have so many little tidbits and riffs laying around that once a song starts coming together, I'll go back through them and see if any of them will work with what I'm currently working on. Lyrics are always last and generally the hardest part for me.
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?
I think the overall saturation of the music market is causing a kind of crass reaction. It's like every third person has a band and good, bad, or indifferent, it is released into the world and pushed in everyone's face, and I think it's causing a bit of a "meh" reaction to music in general which is a shame because it's such a special craft.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
I would say Breaking Benjamin. I really think our music would be well received by their audience plus we're both from PA and we know some of the same people. We've played some of the same venues and recorded at the same studio.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Rehearsal is usually going over whatever songs we're doing in our most recent sets and then on the backend sharing ideas and developing new material.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
I'd have to say Mortal Coil. It took years. The original riff was one of those tidbits I was talking about. It sat around for a long time and as I came up with more riffs and parts, I started piecing them together. I was literally finishing lyrics the day before I recorded vocals but it all came together exactly how I envisioned it.
What's coming up in the future?
I don't really now what the future holds. I know I want to continue creating and recording music and hopefully play live again if there are any venues left open in the wake of Covid.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
It's on pretty much every streaming platform. Spotify, YouTube, iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, etc.
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