Earth’s Yellow Sun Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD. What type of artist are you?
Duncan Stan: I am a musician! And I’m proud!
Josh Hanff: The kind that holds the door open for you and lets you pick what we watch on Netflix.
Julien Bigras: I’m a musician, a drummer, and we’re also members of a quirky instrumental progressive metal band called Earth’s Yellow Sun.
PD. Tell us the brief history of yourself.
DS: First I liked the Backstreet Boys. Then Korn. Then the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Then everything else.
JB: I started playing drums around the age of 14, went to Humber College for music, met these two and a few other gents, and formed a pretty cool band.
JH: Well 30 years ago I got vag-pooped out into the world, and I’m still trying to figure out what I’m doing here. Was that brief enough?
PD. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
DS: I love everything from metal to musical theater to pop to rock to rap. I like long walks on the beach and Indian food.
JB: Musical influences change all the time, but right now, I’d say Intervals, Tesseract and Meshuggah. As for non-musical influences…I don’t know, Neil deGrasse Tyson?
JH: I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.
PD. What are your dreams and goals?
DS: My dream is to make a living off of music. Period.
JB: Same here. To make a living in music, one way or another.
JH: Last night I dreamt that I was being chased by a rabid giant sloth.
PD. Who writes your songs, what are they about?
JB: The bulk of our writing to date has mostly been done by Josh and I, but we’re looking to have a more collaborative approach with our other band members going forward.
JH: We use dice, random number generators and a ouija board to divine our musical scores. It’s worked out okay for us so far.
PD. How do you promote your band and shows?
JH: The internet.
JB: I hear they have the internet on computers now.
PD. What do you think about downloading music online?
DS: I think it’s too late to turn back now, but I am a believer that music has worth and should be paid for. I think finding music online is a great way to find music, but should ultimately be purchased.
JH: It hurts the people that are trying to get paid for their art, and makes it harder for them to make more art.
PD. What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
JB: It’s certainly not in a great state. Record companies haven’t been quick enough to adapt to new technologies, and they’re becoming increasingly irrelevant.
JH: What record industry?
PD. What song do you wish you’d written and why?
DS: “Who Let The Dogs Out” and “Part of Your World”.
JH:Celine Dion – My Heart Will Go On. That’d be some pretty sweet publishing coin.
JB: Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”. That’s pretty much the Freebird of millennials.
PD. What are some of your pet peeves?
DS: Raisins disguised as chocolate chips.
JB: When someone pulls headphones off my head.
JH:I plead the fifth.
PD. What is your proudest moment in music?
DS: Opening for BTBAM and later Protest the Hero with my band original music.
JH: Listening to the final master of our 2015 EP The Infernal Machine for the first time.
JB: Yeah, what the other guys said. Doing a mini tour with PTH was amazing. High school me would have never believed that would happen. And when we listened to the master of The Infernal Machine all the way through for the first time, we knew we had created something pretty damn awesome.
PD. Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
JB: Our next show isn’t until April, but we’re playing with a great band from Glasgow called Atlas: Empire, so that’ll be fun. Also, we’ll be releasing a new music video right around then, so that’s a thing.
JH: There’s gonna be beer.
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