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Six Questions With Sunset Lines
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Welcome to “Six Questions With…,” a series of interviews with emerging artists, musicians, and bands focusing on the music scene and how they live within it. It started as a quick, fun project, but has quickly gained serious interest, so we’re making this a permanent feature on the site. Over time, the questions may change, but the sentiment will stay intact. This is a way for independent artists to be discovered by new fans on a global scale.
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Next in the hot seat is San Francisco-based indie pop-rock band Sunset Lines. We have had the privilege to feature Sunset Lines here on the pages of Indie Minded, so we are thrilled to bring you this short interview. If you’re not familiar with them, sit back and enjoy! This is what is great about this series – the discovery of new music.
For those who may not be familiar, please tell us about your music: the type of music you play, where you are from, and how you got started?
Liz Brooks (Vocals/Synth): Hi there, I’m Liz. I’m lead singer in Sunset Lines and I also play synths.
Paul McCorkle (Guitar/Synth): My name is Paul. I’m the guitar player and sometimes synth player in the band.
LB: All four members of the band are based here in San Francisco. Our band formed in the way that so many projects throughout the years have formed; Craigslist. We all are transplants, so Craigslist was really the best way for each us to find a project that fit us. Fortunately, after some trial and error, we all found each other and ended up sharing a vision for what we wanted to do.
PM: I’d describe our band as indie synth-pop. Most of our songs are built around synth parts and that’s kind of the focus of this project. I think we try to write music that feels personal to us but that is also fun to play and that sounds like something we’d enjoy listening to.
As an artist, how do you define success?
LB: Oh that’s a hard one. My definition of artistic success has changed so much over the years. I think at this point I just want to write good songs, make cool recordings, and find an audience that’s into it. I think most of us create art for personal reasons, but it’s certainly validating to know that there are people out there that appreciate what you do. It really helps to keep you going in those moments when you question why you’re still putting yourself through this. Haha.
PM: What she said.
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?
PM: Ultimately I think it’s finding an audience that’s into what you do. There is so much great music being put out right now, and the attention span for new material is rapidly deteriorating. People, us included, just move on so quickly to new things. It feels great when people first discover your music, but building something more lasting is certainly a huge challenge.
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
LB: This one is really hard. I would pick “Troubleshooter.” It’s so much fun to sing and it has a nostalgia factor for us as it’s one of the first songs we wrote together.
Who do you consider your greatest influences?
LB: This one is always a revolving door for me. Growing up I was certainly influenced by bands like Tsunami Bomb, Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs and At the Drive In. Right now I get a lot of inspiration from artists like Mitsky and Angel Olsen.
PM: For me, it would be Deerhunter, Grizzly Bear, Television, Ariel Pink, Bowie etc.
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
LB: I love making and creating things. I’m also a very visual person so I love to play around with painting and photography. Playing with colors and creating complementary color schemes or drastic contrast with light and shadows is almost like playing around with chord changes and setting the tone of a song.
PM: Outside of making our own music, I definitely love listening to what other bands are putting out. Writing music can be really frustrating, sometimes the best thing you can do is get out of your own head and listen to something completely new. That always helps me to refocus and stop being so critical of my own stuff.
Also, I got a Nintendo Switch recently and went down a dark portal with Zelda.