THE NIGHT SUNS

THE NIGHT SUNS is a really cool band that I have just discovered. I just had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
Radu Constantin ( Main Vocals, Guitar ) – A sense of sensual darkness, an energetic impulse, a desire to close their eyes and dream of someplace else, a feeling of inspiration.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
(RC) It didn’t take very long because I had a very clear idea in my head of what it is that I want people to understand about us, and that is the fact that there is an undercurrent of darkness in our music, as well as an uplifting edge, which clash and ride each other to varying degrees throughout our songs and lyrics.

Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
(RC) I’ve always been a massive fan of Pantera, Nine Inch Nails, Alice in Chains, Queens of the Stone Age, Faith no More and many others, and I think I was influenced by everything I’ve ever loved. As for nowadays, I mostly love discovering things outside my comfort zone, can be ambient bands, electronic music, post punk and also older stuff, say from the 60’s.

When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
(RC) The vision became very clear after a few practice sessions, noticing the kind of energy and vibe we have with each other. So I think it was the music first, then the name. I’ve wanted to create this kind of group for a very long time, a tight sound with subtle psychedelic light/dark contrasts throughout the music.

I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
(RC) I really think and hope there will always be albums. Releasing single tracks for us was a matter of finance more than anything else. It’s cheaper, quicker, and easier to focus your attention on something of a smaller scale. But for me, the power and story that an album can carry will never fade, and I think it can deliver a much more rewarding and deeper experience than a single can.

What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
(RC) I think the artwork is very important. It adds a crucial layer to the story behind the music. And I think the main point is for it to complement the music, rather than trying to get anyone’s attention on purpose. If the music requires a more extravagant, scandalous cover then so be it. If it needs subtlety and a laid back approach, that’s the way to go. It needs to feel like a unitary thing to me.

Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
(RC) I think it gave bands more freedom to explore and connect with audiences. It is easier now to release music, to send it to people, to advertise, to promote shows. At the same time I feel that because there is such an abundance of information on the internet, the real way to spread our message is when we meet people at our live shows.

When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
(RC) Absolutely! It is a great feeling to be out there and meet others, and I do hope we will coagulate more people around us, as our main goal is to create and play really good quality music, at the same time as having one hell of a party when sharing it live ! I do have a feeling that people are struggling with the feeling of being connected nowadays, mostly because of social media and the way society works. But let’s be honest, nothing compares to direct human contact. Even I wish I was out in London more, supporting other bands, meeting new people, and sometimes a busy life can get in the way of that. But let’s be hopeful for humankind.

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
(RC) Without a doubt, playing live is the best reward to being in a band. To me it’s the most important thing.

What will the future bring?
(RC) At first, bigger and better shows hopefully. We are writing our first album, and we’re aiming to play our first few festivals in 2018. More than that, keep yours fingers crossed for us, but one thing I can promise, wherever we’re asked to play, if you come and join The Night Suns family, we’ll bring you our 1000% and we’ll have a damn good time together !

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