What are your names?
Steven Blake (lead singer) and Will Alton (backup vocalist and drummer)
What is your genre of music?
How did you come up with band’s name?
“Animal” comes from being young with our friends and skateboarding as well as doing crazy stuff, hence the name “animal.” And “Sun” comes from our best friend, James Sun, who tragically passed away in 2011.
Give us a little bio about you and the band.
Formed in 2015 and led by two brothers: vocalist/songwriter Steven Blake and drummer Will Alton began playing in small clubs in the east coast. Deciding to name the band Animal Sun was in dedication to their late friend and musical compadre James Sun, whose life was tragically cut short in 2011. By 2017, Animal Sun began recording rough cuts in Virginia Beach. Fall 2018, Steven Blake had moved to Los Angeles, California where he began production with Grammy award-winning engineer Robert Margouleff, and co-producer Aaron “Zeus” Zepeda. Picking up momentum very quickly, the band released their debut EP Beginnings and a music video for the single “Girl in Blue.” Most recently the band released “Victory Song,” with plans for a music video and a large variety of upcoming dates for 2020 as well as some new music.
Are you a signed?
We are currently not signed, but we are always looking for opportunities to further our music career.
You released your new single ‘Girl in Blue’, tell us more about the single. What is the meaning behind ‘Girl in Blue’.
“Girl in Blue” is a double-edge meaning, the first meaning there area lot of people that are mental pain ad you may not see it, but they actin self-destructive ways. They just want to be accepted, hence our lyric, “they wanna be like you” and the ultimately never will be accepted. The second meaning: the song is a metaphor of depression. As seen in the music video, the whole concept feels like a fever dream. It’s all about spreading awareness of mental health
Describe the track in two words
Who did you work with on the Single?
Aaron “Zeus” Zepedaand , Robert Margouleff.
Will we see an EP or Album this year?
Yes, you will see an EP coming this year.
Do you have any shows coming up?
We had some shows coming up in Laguna Beach, CA and in West Hollywood, CA at The Peppermint Club in April 2020, however due to the coronavirus and the safety of our fans we will be rescheduling our future show dates.
What else can we expect in Early 2020?
2 new singles, a bunch of new merch and a wider selection of dates in various cities, maybe countries. This will be all throughout 2020.
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any up coming artists?
Yes, with artist named, Seth Wright, which is a house electronic song, about 20%of it is instrumental. A good part throughout the song is Steven’s vocals.
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
Of course, we would be up for it. Just contact our manager, Jackie Dalius (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Do you play any instruments?
Yes, Steven plays: guitar, bass, and piano. Will plays the drums and piano.
Who are your influences?
The Killers, The 1975, Catfish and the Bottlemen.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Steven experiences a series of intense emotions that he has trouble talking about person to person. He goes into a subconscious state where melodies and phrases piece together that represent those feelings indescribable. He also becomes inspired by other songs, he will take pieces of ideas in his head and something he once heard and folds into a mesh of creative ideas. Sometimes this could take several weeks or a year.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Touring the world, one album or two out, collaborating with a few of his favourite audiences, and leaving the world a better place than where we found it, especially now with mental health
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
Like to write, skateboard, passionate about the environment (climate change), read, hike, box, workout.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more into the music scene?
Collection of Radiohead songs: In Rainbows and Kid A.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?/ What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
No one is going to hand this to you, you have to work for and create small tangible goals. If you hit the goals like a staircase,you will ultimately hit the end goal.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
Charlottesville,VA /Blueridge Mountain →Especially on a Fall evening.
Your coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first? – The Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho in a little cabin away from the world.
2/ Who do you see first? – Our girlfriends, our friends and family.
3/What do you eat first? – Our Mom’s cooking.
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Set list, bottle of water, extra strings cause Steven always break them, Steven’s iconic “Believe” key necklace, and a stack of guitar picks.