SYNCR Spotlight 0.1: Only Sun
Here at One Great Song, we’ve teamed up with SYNCR to bring you a new, regular spotlight feature on one of SYNCR’s artists.
Having listened to all of the music submitted to us via SYNCR this month, we’ve picked our first ever spotlight and shortlisted artists for our SYNCR features.
Our first ever shortlist features Manchester's psychedelic five piece, URF, Berlin based The Flavians and Bristol based pop duo Crayon, catch up on the full shortlist article and familiarise yourself with their sounds here.
Taking the top spot on our first picks are High Wycombe's indie rockers Only Sun. Made up of Aabid, Daz, Ed, Euan and Taylor, the five piece have spent the last year or so relentlessly gigging across the country, playing sets ranging from headline London shows to festival slots at Kendal Calling, Camden Rocks and Liverpool Sound City.
2018 has seen the band challenge themselves to release a single per month, which has seen them gain a place on Spotify's The Indie List and Made In Chelsea's soundtrack, as well as earning support from BBC Introducing.
As Only Sun continue to perfect their sound and spread their addictive energy across the country, we had a chat with the band to learn a little bit more about both their sound and personalities.
First of all, for anybody who has never heard of Only Sun before; how would you describe yourselves in five words?
Vibrant, energetic, bombastic, beer-fueled fun.
You submitted your music to us using SYNCR, how does having access to that kind of platform affect you as an upcoming band? Do you think there should be more options along the same lines as SYNCR available?
SYNCR offers so many opportunities for bands at our level to get in contact with blogs, promoters and other people who can help artists to progress to the next level. I think it’s really important to have these sorts of platforms available to aspiring artists as it helps to develop up and coming acts.
Your sound is very upbeat and energetic, would you say it’s a reflection of your personalities?
Hell yeah! We’re all really loud individuals and together things get a bit raucous; we’re constantly joking around and taking the piss out of each other. We like to think that this comes out in the music and it represents who we are both as individuals and as a band.
Your track Lives was previously played on Made in Chelsea, if you were to feature in your own reality show what would it be called? What kind of activities would you get up to in it?
There’d be a lot of messing around that’s for sure. Probably something along the lines of ‘Only Fun’ and there would be plenty of party hats, inflatables and confetti canons. That is our reality.
Festival season has just drawn towards an end, how has it been for Only Sun?
Festival season has been great. In particular, Liverpool Soundcity and Tramlines were great fun. Hopefully we’ll be very busy at a whole load more festivals next summer.
You’ve planned to release a single a month for the rest of 2018, is there going to be any surprises in store when it comes to the sound of each single?
The great thing about this campaign is that we’ve been able to explore different sounds and try out different interesting ideas. One of the last three tracks is radically different to anything we’ve done before, whilst retaining a little bit of that Only Sun charm.
Twelve singles across twelve months is quite a lot of work, right? How do you keep yourselves motivated when it comes to writing? What influences your sound?
Twelve songs throughout the year has been a big task but I actually think the coordination of it all behind the scenes has been the biggest challenge. We’re really lucky as a band in the sense that we have three very strong songwriters who each contribute song ideas that we then develop together as a band. Having this process in our writing has made the whole challenge of writing twelve songs a lot easier. There’s even a couple of tracks that sadly didn’t make the cut. Maybe we’ll release them after in some shape or form.
How does the energy of your music transfer into your live set? Is an Only Sun show as fun as we’d expect?
We really like to think so! Playing live is such an exciting experience and we just naturally end up jumping around, sometimes falling over, always getting sweaty. We just want to have a good time and we hope that rubs off on the audience. The confetti cannons and inflatables always help of course.
And where can we catch your live set? How’s the future looking for Only Sun?
We’ve just joined the roster of the wonderful CloseUp promotions, so we’re on the cusp of announcing a small tour in the next few days! Expect a whole slew of gig dates on our Instagram (@onlysunofficial) and Facebook (www.facebook.co.uk/onlysunofficial). In the meantime, we’re playing Thousand Island in September: 27th September – Thousand Island, (Supporting SPINN with Lauran Hibberd)