Congratulations on the release of your debut EP. What emotions come along with releasing your music out to the world?
We’re overwhelmed by the response of our fans so far. We can tell they’re being a lot more engaged now that we have an EP out. Our new music has been shared quite a lot of times and we’ve noticed a large number of new followers on social media and platforms. We couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!
Self-producing a record must be challenging. What would you say are the pros and cons of being a DIY band?
The main pro is that you avoid the stress of the tracking process in a professional studio. Because when you track in a professional studio you’re paying for the time you spend there and everything needs to be done quickly. We needed a lot of time to get where we want to and it definitely couldn’t have been done in other conditions.
The main con is that since you have the sessions in your own hands, you’re always tempted to modify or tweak just one last thing, then another “one last thing”, and another and so on and you never know when to stop. It can definitely drive you crazy and sometimes you get lost in the process. Then you listen to your work the day after and you realize you may have gone too far…
Thematically, what are the ideologies behind your craft – would you say that you have a story to tell?
We don’t want to stick to a genre, we’re always trying to blend all of our ideas together even if the influences seem so far from one another.
Also, open-mindedness and tolerance is something we wanna bring upfront and our goal is to push our listeners to discover and try things in life by giving them some.
What fuels, influences and inspires your creative process?
We get a lot of inspiration just observing how our generation get through life. As our society is moving so fast right now, the youth is facing brand new issues that no one had to deal with 10 years ago mainly because of modernity and all these new devices that control everyone’s life and relations.
Visually we get a lot of inspiration from all the designs you can find in the Synthwave universe : roadtrip by night, neons, city lights and such… Drive is a movie that can illustrate this.
Obviously we also take a lot of inspiration in our daily personal lives and experiences.
What makes The Sunday Sadness stand out from the crowd?
I’d said the main thing that makes TSS sort of unique is that we set no limits in the creative process. We give a try to any song idea, whether it is funk, synthwave, altrock, hip-hop, dance music…
When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
I believe “Lost In The Crowd” is a pretty good song to show someone who doesn’t know the band. It shows (in one song) many of our influences and the chorus is catchy enough to have it stuck in the head in one single listen.
What has been the biggest highlight in your career so far?
Our first show ever was the biggest highlight in our career. We were the opening act for one of the biggest alternative rock band from UK which is Asking Alexandria in Paris. I believe almost no one knew about The Sunday Sadness in the audience but we got such a great response and feedback after the show. Plus it’s a band we’ve been listening to a hell lot when we were younger so it felt absolutely surreal.
What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
The biggest struggle so far was that we’ve spent a lot of time trying to get numerous producers to mix and master our songs and it just never turned out the way we wanted. So we’ve been waiting a lot of time and spending a lot of money to end up doing it on our own.
How bright is the future of your band – what are the plans?
For now we’re focusing on the writing of our first full length, I believe we’ll have it finished by this summer. Also we’ll play our first headline show in Paris in April and we’re so excited about that.
When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
Ultimately we want to be able to bring something new with our music, find something that defines us particularly and that will inspire other artists. I hope we’ll be the band some kids will have grown up to.
Check out more of The Sunday Sadness, including their debut EP, HERE