In this edition of #CREATORTALK, we speak to Sunny Gray. #CREATORTALK is a series of articles and interviews, with a focus on the creative industries and the the talent working within them.
PW- Hey Sunny! How’s it going?
Hey Rob! Great, nice to meet you !
PW- So, first thing’s first. For those who don’t know yet, how would you sum up who you are and what you do?
I’m basically the kind of a person who doesn’t like to talk at all (nice start for an interview, innit! ) and I was like this ever since I was a child, however music gave me the strength and a way to express myself and let other people know who and what I am. So Sunny Gray now is a new chapter of myself and my life, he is just a man who gives life to all his thoughts, to all his feelings, to all his dreams and fears through his songs and music.
PW- You recently finished your EP- can you tell us more about that? When is the release, and what do you hope to achieve with the project?
It’s not gonna be a proper EP unfortunately, you know, as an independent artist it is really hard getting the whole production realised by yourself, so I have to thank my ol’ brother who has helped me out a lot financially and gave me the opportunity to record all this stuff. The plan now is to release one song per month, single by single, onto all the major digital platforms. What I hope for is to finally get heard by the world, you know, just put my music out there and go with the flow. Let’s see.
PW- I’ve had a sneak peek of the tracks, and one of the things that hit me was how cinematic the whole production felt. Did you work with a producer on the EP or is it a solo effort?
I am glad that you felt something 🙂 The entire production process starts with my guitar, I write everything from the music to the lyrics and melodies, but I would say that I have a really, really, simple way of writing, you know, I began as a punk rocker back in the day , so 3 chords progression state of mind! But this time, I’ve found 3 amazing guys-producers-sound/engineers-callthemwhateveryouwannacallthem that helped me a lot in the production, giving so much flavour and freshness to my music.
PW- At the time of writing, you have a couple of live shows coming up. What can we expect from your live show that we might not expect?
I mean, an upcoming show will be an acoustic set ( 22nd of September, @Harringay Arms ) and the other one ( 19th of September, @Hoxton Bar ) will have more of an electronic vibe as you heard in my demo preview. I love the acoustic vibe, you know, intimate and passionate but on the 19th in Hoxton you’re gonna see and feel the real me, microphone in my hand and ready to ignite the stage!
PW- This blog focuses heavily on creativity and the real people behind the art. How does creativity affect you on a day to day basis? Do you get super inspired out and about, or is it more of a focused effort, where you can shut off from the world and just think?
The more I think , the less inspiration I get. Honestly. I’ve been making music for quite a long time now, but it’s like a woman, I still don’t understand the whole process. I think creativity is like an instinct or intuition, you know what I mean?! There’s no book or school that could teach you how to have a creative mind or how to be an artist in any genre. Don’t force anything, just let go, be clear and be true.
PW- In this kind of economy and industry, it can be tough to feel like you’re moving forwards sometimes. How do you battle these feelings when they come up, and do you have any advice to other people who might be struggling in a similar way?
The sad thing I’m seeing now is that real art is slowly burning out of this “reality”, today it is easy to define yourself as an artist, you just need to write it on your social media page and boom, you are an artist! you are a model, a photographer, etc. BULLSHIT! But I try not to think about it. I’m almost 30yo, music industry says that I am old, but as long as I feel that fire inside of me that keeps me moving and focused, I wake up every morning sayin’ MAN, YOU GONNA DO IT! Fuck’em! Step by step, breath by breath, Patience belongs to Kings!
PW- And final question! It’s more of an invitation actually. Use the next few sentences to self-promote the hell out of what you’re up to, what we can see etc, no judgement!
I think I’ve talked too much now, man. It’s time to show you all who the hell Sunny Gray is. So come to my shows and have a look at all my socials IG & FB @sunnygraymusic, subscribe to my YT channel @sunnygrayofficial, first release out end of September.
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