Special Interview: Sons Of The East

theaussieword.com catches up with Sons Of The East, a groovy sounding band with the very catchy tune Hold On.


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What can you tell our readers about you? How and where did it all begin?
We formed in 2011 after about a year of saying that we’d get together and play. It was a pretty natural beginning, we just one day decided to ‘jam’ and after a few hours of playing we said ‘let’s keep doing this and write some songs while we’re at it.’ It seemed like the easiest thing in the world.

What had you first interested in music?
We’ve all been interested in music from pretty early on. We were writing songs before the band came together. I guess it was just one of those things as a kid that seemed really fun and cool – learn how to play an instrument.

Who motivates or influences your quest to make great music?
So many things. Obviously bands and artists that we like, but it can be anything. A riff or a set of lyrics, a situation that you could write a song about… anything. When we started to show people our music and they began to engage and connect with it, that made us want to keep making music because people were feeling the same way as we were when we played it.

Do you have any planned tours coming up?
Not at the moment, just gigs around the East coast.

What are some of your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?
To travel with music. It would be awesome to be able to make a living out of what we’re doing and take it elsewhere.

What can fans expect from you in the coming months?
We’re releasing an E.P. midway through this year and another film clip in the next few months.

Success, what is the secret to it and what has been your biggest career highlight so far?
If there’s a secret to it we haven’t found it! Hard work and making smart decisions is all we can say. It helps if you’re enjoying what you’re doing too. We haven’t really had too many career highlights apart from some pretty unbelievable gigs and the relative success of Hold On as our debut single.

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?
 We all have quite broad tastes in music so I guess it would be hard to pick certain musicians. It’s just great to see so many artists killing it.

How would you best describe you and your music to your fans? 
Where just a bunch of guys who love playing gigs and getting the audience involved. You could say the music is a mixture of folky boot stomping rhythms and the occasional slow soft melodies.

What can you tell us about your latest album?
It’s futuristic. (aka not quite there yet)

Are there any new exciting projects in the works?
The EP is hopefully going to be out in mid July and where really excited about that. We also have a whole lot of new material in the works so we can’t wait to get in the studio and record that. For the moment we will just keep playing gigs and hopefully spread the music.

The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?
We would just love to be able to play our music to broader audiences and continue writing songs.

Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists.
There are so many great Aussie artists out there but it’s nice to see musicians like Angus and Julia Stone, The Paper Kites, Sticky Fingers doing well. And of course some older artists like Midnight Oil, Crowded House and Paul Kelly.

The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years, including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye?
For us the music industry is a relatively new experience. You tend to hear a lot of talk about how hard it is to make money, how rough the road to success is in the industry and we’re probably yet to pass judgement on stuff like that. But for us it’s been awesome so far. The people we’re working with are really good at what they do, not to mention extremely passionate so we feel we’re in good hands. We’re lucky enough to have these people around us so that we can get our records out into the public eye, because without them it’s virtually impossible to be heard.

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