Could you please introduce us to the band?
-Sure! We are OncetheSun. A Hard Rock / Alternative Metal band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA. We are a 5 piece group consisting of Anna Bohn on Vocals/ Keys/ Synths, Josh Morrison on Bass Guitar, Nick Mitchell on Guitars, Jason Rabus on Guitars and Samuel Morrison on Drums. We have been together since late 2004 and just released new album entitled “The Ghost Inside Me”.
What has been the greatest catalyst in shaping your sound?
-Life in general has been our biggest catalyst lyrically… Most of us grew up together but come from pretty diverse musical backrounds… We just write about what we have been through and let each song grow into it’s own creature. When it comes to writing the music, everyone adds their own flavor to the song. We never go into a song with a preconceived notion of what we think it should be, we let each song dictate where it is going next.
How hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Not very hard at all! With the advances in technology over there years you can get so much done at home before you decide to go to a studio… That ability has made it far more economical to record and release new material. The only difficulties we have ever experienced in releasing new music involved lineup changes or serious personal / family illness… But we always manage to work through any dilemma.
Has digital made it easier to get your music released?
-Definitely! It makers it music a lot more accessible, making it a little easier to reach more people world wide…. Also we like to release free remixes of our tracks on our BandCamp page. Before digital music sites, doing something like that for our supporters / fans for free would have been almost impossible. We really love the freedom digital media gives us in those regards.
If you release your music digitally is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before you are ready compared to releasing them on CD?
-No, that’s never been a problem for us. We never even think to approach recording before we feel the songs are 100% complete and we have an idea of what we want to do production wise… We as a group have never understood going to the studio before the music is ready. We see bands do that all the time, and it just doesn’t seem like it would help anything…. too much wasted time in the studio (which costs money) not to mention the stress of being under the gun like that would impact our writing negatively.
What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music?
-Overwhelmingly positive!!! We have received a lot of compliments on our latest album “The Ghost Inside Me”… Its been a tremendous response! We are so thankful for all the support and love we have received over the years. We are already working on a follow up album and hope to be recording by January or February 2017.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-I think our biggest surprise was you Anders! (lol)… Seriously, getting a message from someone in Sweden was awesome! Oddly enough, The artist who we work with for our cover are is one of your fellow countrymen named Alexander Jansson. He is a pretty well known mixed media artist from Gothenburg.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community playing in a band?
-Absolutely. We have made so many good friends over the years, and been though so much with the other bands from the area that they feel like family to us. When you have been around as long as we have, you get to watch a lot happen in the scene, the Formation/ Rise/ Fall of other bands… the new bands that form from the ones that just fell apart. It’s easy to start feeling like you are all apart of a large family when you see stuff like that and go through these cycles with the people involved.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-There is a huge live scene in Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago… There are so many acts from so many genres that it is hard to not get lost in the shuffle. Fortunately we have always been really good at sticking out. Playing live always helps you… We always give it 100% whether there are 3 or 150 people in the audience. The key to playing live is to not burn yourself out playing a show in the same city every weekend. You have to diversify and stagger your shows. A basement show here, opening for a national act next. Its about balance and we see a lot of younger bands make those mistakes. Its hard enough to get people motivated to come to shows here in the Mid West USA without giving people the excuse “I’ll just catch them next week when they play again”.
What plans do you have for the future?
-Release more material, Grow our fan base, and really focus on not just pushing our music in the US but worldwide…. Getting our music to more people in Europe would be amazing. Thanks for helping us to do that by doing this interview!!!