Interview with Byron Short of Sunset Junkies and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
BS – Over the last couple of years we’ve developed our sound into what is best described as Progressive Music. To me that means we have no artistic limitations. Sunset Junkies is a loving, nurturing environment where we all bring our talents to the table to actualise the music I hear in my head.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
BS – I’ve been making music since I was a little kid in Far North Queensland, Australia. I worked as a solo artist for many years before falling in with this incredible bunch of musicians, whose skills and enthusiasm allow me to write music without boundaries.
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?
BS – I find inspiration everywhere. Many of my songs find their roots in literary influences. This new album that we’re in the process of releasing is me digging inward, exploring why I am the way I am, so life experience is always a fertile source, but I’m otherwise constantly inspired by other musicians, books, movies, current events, science, history, mythology, friends etc…. No limit.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
BS – To create exactly the kind of music that I feel inspired to create at any given point in the journey without limit and to share that music with as broad an audience as providence will allow.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
BS – This album. And before this one it was the last one.
PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?
BS – It’s a challenge that requires constant effort and reevaluation. Having a great team behind us is crucial. Shout out to our amazing manager Fi from Loud Love Management and our marketing team at Overdrive PR
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
BS – We’re always seeking opportunities to get out in front of a larger audience. We love playing live. The pandemic has thrown a spanner in the works but we’re getting back on the horse and we’ll have a couple of shows later in the year to celebrate our album release before heading out on tour next year
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
It’s the unfortunate reality of the industry these days, embrace it or get left behind I guess.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Astral Weeks by Van Morrison so I could have saved my own life 😂
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
BS – There’s plenty that doesn’t sit well with me. I just try to focus on what I can do to be a positive force in the industry and to help and support my friends who are brave enough to dedicate their lives to art and music in the age of the algorithm
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
BS – We’re finalising the mixes for the new album with David Bottrill (Tool, Muse, King Crimson) and plotting release strategy with our team. The next next album is starting to formulate in the back of my mind – stay tuned!
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
Sunset Junkies links:
Band/Artist location – Brisbane Australia
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