Sunsets From Jupiter -10 Questions Music Interview
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
The "catalyst" for the creation of Sunsets From Jupiter was actually a band called Catalyst. Before we were Sunsets From Jupiter, three of us were in a house band program through a local music school. The program set us together in a band called Catalyst, where we played covers. Eventually as we grew as musicians, we wanted to start writing our own music, which lead to us forming a band called Sunsets From Jupiter.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
The craziest thing that's happened to us was at a venue that I'm going to choose to not say the name of. It was after we had finished our headliner set and we were all beginning to break our gear down. As the crowd was leaving and we were packing up, the sound guy stumbled up to us with bottle in hand, looked around and asked Danny, "How many mic's do you guys need?". Danny gave a confused look and just shrugged him off and said he didn't know, and after that he went around to each member of the band asking the same thing. At this point we were all kinda laughing at the situation and I finally told him that we just finished playing and we were the last band and I walked away. He mumbled and stumbled back off stage and said "have a good set". The odd thing is, the sound and lighting was great that night. To this very day, the mystery of what was going through that sound guy's head still haunts us!
What has been the high point of your music path?
So far our highest point has got to be releasing our debut album, An Alien Feeling. Putting together our first ever album and being able to record it is something that we're all extremely proud of. The creative process of sitting down and writing an entire album together was a ton of fun, and we all got to explore a lot of different genres, styles and feelings in our music.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
When we start writing new songs, it usually starts our with one of us writing down or making a cool riff that we made up on our own or through jamming out with each other. After that we'll come together and start workshopping ideas, writing lyrics and seeing what will work based on what we want from the song. Since Covid-19 hit, we've been trying new things and working around with new instruments for our creative process. We've started working with synthesizers and trying out new song-writing techniques and approaches. As soon as this all blows over, we can't wait to get back to our favorite venues and show off what we've managed to make during the pandemic.
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?
The biggest problem facing indie musicians today is probably getting your music our there and being heard. Platforms like Spotify and Apple Music are great for getting your music on the playing field, but the hardest part is spreading it to an audience after that. Whenever we aren't writing new music or out playing, we’re posting on social media, talking to people at shows and putting stickers for our band wherever we can put them in order to get our name out there.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
We all take lots of inspiration from many different genres, but I think one band that unites us all is Green Day. All of us have seen Green Day at least once in concert and we’re all huge punk rock fans. The genre’s influence is definitely apparent in songs like Untitled, I’m Alright, Blackheart and No TV. Billie Joe Armstrong, Tre Cool and Mike Dirnt are icons of the genre and to share any stage with them would be a dream come true.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Our rehearsals are usually a mix of writing, making setlists for shows, hanging out and playing music. We usually practice in my basement, where we have a full P.A. setup with more amps, guitars, drums and equipment than we need! We like to have a ton of fun and jam out together, but when we get close to shows we like to run our setlists two or three times per practice so we can be prepared to put on a rocking show for our fans. Although our shows are mainly focused on our original music, we still have a ton of fun by working songs from our favorite bands into our set lists like Queens of the Stone Age, Pink Floyd or Green Day. We’re always practicing and experimenting to make our sound and style unique and fun.
Check out their music video for "I'm Alright"
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
The song that was the biggest challenge writing-wise was definitely No TV. While we were writing that song, we had a lot of ideas that we wanted to work in which led us to a lot different directions to take the song. One night we were all hanging out and decided to watch Pink Floyd’s The Wall. Big problem – we couldn’t find the DVD and no channels were streaming it! While searching for the movie, Tom said, “Why are we No TV?”. With that single line, we started off with a handful of ideas including a driving bass riff that leads the song, expanding lyrics and working in a slow-down part with a guitar solo. It was a ton of fun for all of us and having to piece a song together like that presented a unique challenge that resulted in one of our favorites on the album.
What's coming up in the future?
As a band have been doing everything that we can in order to be ready when things is back to normal. We’ve been writing and practicing non-stop so when venues open again, we’ll be able to jump right back into the swing of things with new material. We also have been improving our social media presence by supplying our fans with content through our Instagram, Facebook and website and doing photo and videos shoots. We were also Tom Hanley’s Jersey Rock Home Showcase Band of the Week on WRAT 95.9 The Rat, which was an amazing opportunity and experience. We can’t wait for the future so we can get back to playing our music out live. Hopefully we will have news soon about shows for the summer so stay up to date by visiting our website.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
Our fans can find out more about us and our music at; The Official Sunsets From Jupiter YouTube Channel
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About Sunsets From Jupiter
Sunsets From Jupiter is an alternative rock band formed by Andrew Ahlborn on drums, Tom Hicks on bass and Clay Kunego on guitar and vocals in Middletown, NJ in 2018. Andrew, Tom and Clay had been playing together in cover bands and school projects for a couple of years when they decided to form a new band with all original music. Drawing inspiration from bands like Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, David Bowie and Pink Floyd, they wrote original songs and recorded a self titled garage style EP in the summer of 2018.
With new music in hand, Sunsets From Jupiter started playing local venues in Red Bank, NJ and Asbury Park, NJ. Looking to fill out their sound, Danny Mitchinson joined the band full-time as a second guitarist in early 2019. With the lineup set, the band continued to refine its sound by playing more shows and writing new songs. In August 2019, the band entered the studio to record their full-length debut album, An Alien Feeling. The 10 song album incorporates influences from grunge, rock and even disco beats at times.
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