Sofasonic are a 4 piece who deliver a powerful rock sound with beautiful melodic breaks and riffs to tap your feet to and get your groove on, they have developed into a band of amazing diversity blending many aspects of the new rock scene with the more traditional blues genre. They recently foind the time to give us an interview.
How would you describe your music?
For this album we’ve been inspired by a heavy riff-based, bluesy type sound. A complete departure from the earlier years of the band which had more of a 90’s Indie inspiration. The ones that kicked it off for us were Rival Sons, and as the album progressed bands like Crobot and Queens of the Stone Age can be heard influencing our writing.
Tell us about how the history of the band?
Sofasonic are Michael Wilson – Guitar/Lead vocals, Niall Turner – Guitar/Backing vocals, SJ Manarin – Bass/Backing vocals and Elliot Manarin – Drums. SJ started the band way back in 2007 and Elliot joined a couple of years later. Michael drunkenly invited himself to an audition back in 2010, Niall joined in 2013 and we haven’t looked back!
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
Deaf Havana (Niall), The 1975 (Niall), Bruce Springsteen (Niall), Queens of the Stone Age (Michael), Gomez (Michael), Jimi Hendrix (everyone!), Royal Blood (Elliot), Band of Skulls (Elliot), Third Eye Blind (SJ) and The Goo Goo Dolls (SJ) to name a few!
What inspires you?
We want our music to grab people’s’ imagination and take them away from their daily life. Just having people want to hear our songs over and over again, singing along to a riff or a melody that they can’t get out of their heads. That would be amazing!
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
We tend to write in the studio. The few moments between songs in rehearsals are actually our most creative. One of us will play a riff or a beat and off we go!
What is your favourite song to perform live?
‘Get Made’ is our big finisher and we can’t help but dance! it gets the crowd going and is always so much fun to play. Solid beat and a face melting solo!! What’s not to like!!
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
We’ve taken a band each so Queens of the Stone AGE (Michael), Redwire (Elliot), Third Eye Blind (SJ) and Deaf Havana (Niall).
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
It’s a changed scene now and it is much harder to make your mark. It’s a catch 22 though as there are so many more methods to get your music out there with Facebook, YouTube, twitter etc. but that means that the market is now saturated with lots and lots of music. Quantity doesn’t mean quality, and it’s harder to then get heard without putting in the effort outside of social media. You have to put in the effort of gigging and playing the small (usually the best!!) venues to get your music heard. Networking as well has to be almost more important. We’re on tour with friends we met at a gig and we couldn’t have done it without them.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
We’re currently on our European Tour and there have been some brilliant experiences so far! There is probably more to come and so far it has to be a late night jam session on the beach……after a gig!
What are your future plans?
We’re currently a 5 city-6 gig tour taking in Bruges (7th/8th April), Aachen (10th April), Amsterdam (12th April), Copenhagen (13th April) and Gothenburg (15th April). We’re with some great friends BEUK, Redwire, Mother Gaia and Elisa so it’s going to be brilliant!! We’ll be showcasing the whole thing on our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/sofasonic – so everyone can be there! We’re also releasing our first album – Get Made – at the end of June! Available in all the usual online places but also as a special edition CD. Our website – http://www.sofasonic.co.uk – will have the details as soon as it’s announced!