We always get pretty excited here at Lemonade when we come across a Northwest talent. Sure, we are a little bias to our hometown, but who isn’t?
Susy Sun‘s latest single, “Demons”, is pure gold and caught our attention immediately after we first heard it. Luckily for us, and for you readers, Sun took some time to answer some questions for us. With that said, we would like to introduce you all to Susy Sun.
Brandon Enyeart: Just like us, you hail from the Pacific Northwest. From an artist’s point of view what are the best and hardest parts of being a musician in Seattle?
Susy Sun: Best – Seattle is small, supportive and community-driven, which is a nice environment to grow and find oneself as an artist. It’s also a beautiful city, with the mountains and ocean surrounding you— it’s hard not to be creatively inspired on a daily basis.
Hardest – It is small and seems slow moving at times. There are other cities, like Los Angeles, that seem to be made up of artists, where as Seattle feels more technology-oriented, less arts focused. That’s why I’ve been working in LA the past year and going back and forth.
BE: You just released “Demons” on your SoundCloud page. I absolutely love the track. Tell us a little about it and about the reception so far?
S: Thank you! I wrote this quite a long time ago, as a ballad at the piano. It’s a very personal song about the insecurities that I deal with, as a person and as an artist. As a female in the industry, I feel a lot of pressure to find success by a certain age. This pressure is created by society and pop culture and it’s a lie. The truth is, we should value the idea of aging, especially in our craft. With age comes experience and refinement, which are both beautiful things. The chorus line, “When my heart breaks, I know it’s never too late,” is my way of reminding myself, it’s okay.
BE: I can hear a little Alessia Cara in your music, a little bit of Ellie Goulding’s tone, as well as some throwback vibes as well. Who currently and from the past inspires you the most?
S: I grew up listening to the music my dad listened to. So, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Carpenters, Eric Clapton, but was always drawn to a catchy pop song too. Some of my favorites growing up were Donna Lewis, “I Love You Always Forever,” The Cardigans, “Love Fool,” Meredith Brooks “Mouth,” and lots of Spice Girls. I also grew up studying and playing classical piano, so have strong influences from the romantic composers like Chopin and Debussy in my playing.
BE: Since we’re nearing the end of the year, what has been your favorite album of 2015 so far?
S: Oh wow! That’s a great question. I’m really into Emily King right now. The producer I’m working with in LA showed me her music— and I’ve been a loyal fan ever since. I’m also super into Christine and the Queens currently. I got to see her play in LA last week at The Greek and it was an amazing performance. She’s sexy and quirky— very talented. I love “Tilted” and “St. Claude”, also her music videos are the best thing ever. I don’t have a favorite, but those are my current obsessions.
BE: After hearing “Any Other Way” and “Demons”, we can’t wait for more. What’s on the horizon for you?
S: I’m in LA now finishing up my full length album. There are some very catchy songs on it. Most of the music I have written thus far is very emotional and darker subject matter, but some of the new material is a little more light-hearted. It still has a strong message— but it’s fun. Don’t worry though, the majority will be artsy, emotional music with lots of vocal layering, harmonies and piano with beats and minimal production. There will be some stripped down ballads as well.
BE: Are you planning on touring the coast here soon or are you mostly focused on new music right now?
S: Right now I’m focused on finishing my album. I haven’t been playing out a lot— as it’s a draining process writing and recording. There will be tours soon enough though, I can promise that.
BE: Okay, so…dream concert…you’re headlining, what other acts are supporting you? It can be anyone!
S: Oh boy… Adele maybe? I’m so excited for her new record! AHHH!
For more information about Susy Sun and her upcoming album visit her website: HERE.
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine
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