CHILDREN OF THE SUN

This is a band that needs to be checked out. Read what CHILDREN OF THE SUN haS to say for themselves in this interview. Anders Ekdahl ©2019

You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-The name of the band comes from a song by a fantastic band called “Dead Can Dance” and we think that it represents us well. We are all children of the Sün, who lives and grows under the sun’s raise. – Jacob Hellenrud, Guitarist.

How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
-Mix the sound of Led Zeppelin and Janis Joplin combined with musicals such as Jesus Christ Superstar and Hair and you’ll get a glimpse of how we sound. – Jacob Hellenrud, Guitarist.

We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-Hard question. We often get the question; ‘’Why did you decide to play this particular genre that you play?’’ and it’s simple. We are reincarnated from woodstock to spread the message of Peace, Love & Understanding. So the greatest influence we would say is Woodstock ‘69. – Jacob Hellenrud, guitarist.

What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-There are not so many venues where we’re from. But those we have are good. There are a few places for local bands to play but unfortunately there’s a gap between the smaller venues and the biggest so band tends to fall in between and ending up not playing so much live that they want or could have. We think that it’s very important to support your local venues and bands or else we won’t have venues for long. – Josefina Berglund Ekholm, Lead singer.

Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-Yes we do feel like we are part of something bigger, it’s all thanks to music. We can affect people, we can send messages, we can create discussions as we write lyrics about society and questions that are important to us. It’s important for me to feel like our music can heal people. People who struggles with mental illness for example, if they can feel acceptability and support in my lyrics, then I am blessed. I’d feel like I have done something bigger than myself. – Josefina, lead singer.

When you play the sort of music you play I guess you can have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-A great album cover is hard to define. But it has to have a certain measure of ‘’Epicness’’ to it. As a wise man once said to us: ‘’It needs to look good enough so people can leave it on the table just for show when bringing friends over.’’ – Jacob Hellenrud, Guitarist
To have a album cover that shows that the artist have spend a lot of time with it is important, since the listener then think that the musicians spend a lot of time with the music as well. It is important not to get the feel that it is a ”sloppy” album. – Ida Wahl, Bass

What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-Personally, I like to be able to hold the album i buy. I want to read the lyrics, explore the artwork and be able to have it in my collection. The digital ‘era’ for me is not killing music, there are over 20,000 songs released every day, but i think it affects people in a way that makes the listener more lazy, myself included. It’s so easy to press skip when listening on your phone, often you’ll miss the concept and never discover the little things that makes each album unique. – Jacob Hellenrud, Guitarist

What kind of live scene is there for bands like yours?
-Outside scenes, where the audience can feel the wind touching their skin while sitting in the grass enjoying and appreciating the sun in two different ways. We want the audience to reach euphoria and to make them feel hopeful and happy. – Ida Wahl

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-Our music is about affect people, it can be party sometimes but it also can be quite serious. Most of our songs deal with deep meanings and things that most people have struggle talking about. It is important to us to connect with the crowd. Sometimes it is party and sometimes it’s all about taking care of each other. – Josefina Berglund Ekholm.
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What would you like to see the future bring?
-We want to play our music as much as possible. We want to travel across the globe in a hippie-van, stopping by in each country and meet and play for whoever that wants to listen. – Josefina Berglund Ekholm

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