It feels like I do return to safe grounds every so often but when you’ve once have found great metal bands in one place you tend to return. Like with Greek SCAR OF THE SUN. Answered by Terry Nikas. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
As I am not at all familiar with your band perhaps you could introduce it?
-Hello there! We are Scar Of The Sun, we play Modern Metal and we come from Greece. We are about to release our new album, named “In Flood” by Scarlet Records and this is actually our second album. The music that we play is a mix of influences, quite heavy, but also a kind of music that can be accessed by non metal people too.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-Actually I came up with the name Scar Of The Sun (I am Terry, the singer of the band) and it was quite easy to come up with it! If you listen to our music you will realize that we’re not playing the happiest music, hahaha… When the band was formed I was not doing very well due to some personal issues, and this name depicts the situation I was in at the time! I had that image of a person lost in the desert, with the sun hitting hard on him, at that stage that he becomes numb from all the problems. You just walk without thinking and you have hit rock bottom! That’s how our name was conceived and I believe it fits perfectly our music.
What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-The original idea was to play a kind of modern metal that combines many styles. The first band that brought that to my mind was Funeral For A Friend. So we combined Atmospheric Metal elements along with Swedish Metal and American commercial Metal and that’s how we were created. If you want me to state bands, I would say Killswitch Engage, Soilwork, In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Trivium and Paradise Lost. Obviously, as times goes by, we evolve and we change. Today I am stunned by three English bands: Architects, Bring Me The Horizon and Tesseract! I think that that’s tomorrow’s metal and that’s where we heading too! We always look forward, that’s our vision!
What came first; the band name or the sound? How did you settle on a sound?
-Well, the sound came first! I was playing in a Punk Metal band, but my taste was moved to more dramatic music with more complicated structure. Once we established the fact that we wanted to play Modern and well produced Metal, then we settled with the name too. The sound is something that changes. We wanted to combine the elements I mentioned above, but we constantly changing! We don’t wanna release the same album again and again, we need to progress from album to album. We wanted to play that music because that was what we were listening and nobody had the combination we wanted to do in their music. So actually, we formed our own sound, although you will always get people that have a shallow approach when listening to music, and they will file you under one or another style. Listening carefully to our music, you will get that we have our own style.
Is digital killing the album format? Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-When I first saw a CD I realized that something was wrong! Digital is killing the music indeed! Mp3’s on a computer inspires no respect whatsoever from listeners to musicians. When I was buying an LP, I was taking great care of my collection, I respected the bands and I was actually listening to music. Today only a very small minority does that and the most outrageous thing is that they believe that it’s their right to acquire music for free, when the musician spends money to learn an instrument, to buy it, to rehearse, to record and he worked his ass off to compose music. It’s like going to a super market and get stuff for free! Would you do that? I don’t think so! Why would you do it with music? Because it doesn’t have a format anymore? That’s one reason. But also electric current doesn’t have a format, but you still pay for it! You know what I mean…
What part does art work and lay out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-It plays a big part, because we use one specific artist, Achilleas Gatsopoulos, his work is completely unique, and that way we want to form our own identity both in music and on our visuals. When you see this artwork you will know it’s Scar Of The Sun! We obviously use it also for our stage props, backdrops, sidedrops, clothes etc. We are preparing a great show for our new album, so all these things will be linked in a way!
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote a cd? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Touring, word of mouth, paper ads etc?
-Of course, and especially Facebook! My Space did it first, but Facebook took it to another level! Now you have to pay a lot in order to promote music, but it would happen, at the moment that it became so popular! Nothings for free these days, and smart people make big money out of good ideas.
On the other hand, touring is not downgraded yet! I think touring is the real thing! We love doing it and I don’t see that changing in the near future! There’s nothing like playing live in front of different countries and meeting new people! We totally love that!
Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-We feel that we are a part of the international scene! We never limit ourselves, since the beginning the plan was to be international! I am not against bands that prefer to keep it local, whatever makes you happy! We are not that though and this is the whole point for us!
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-For our first album we participated in three European tours. We played in 12 European countries so far, we did about 50 gigs for it and we plan to do at least two to three tours for our second album. We all live for touring! I don’t know if it’s because it’s early in our career, I certainly know that this is a great motivation for us! And in my opinion, a real band is a touring band. Touring matures the band and it’s definitely the best way to promote yourself and improve your status. Bedroom rock stars is a myth, it’s not working, hahaha…
What will the future bring?
-We’re currently working on our new release, we give a lot of interviews and we are working on our first tour to promote our second album named “In Flood” as I said before and that will be released on the 20th of May worldwide by our label, Scarlet Records. After that one, we will work more on our third album, that is almost composed already. One more tour in 2017 and the in the studio for our third album! An then as many tours as possible! This time we would like to play in new countries like Sweden very much! We didn’t play in Scandinavia yet, so we would love to come over and see you people!
Thank you very much for your interest and hope you check out our new album! All the best,