S: I would say sincere British Indie.
CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
S: We get a lot of the obvious comparisons and clearly there are certain genres which we remind people of. British music has become stale and safe; no one is or was playing the music we wanted to hear. There was only one option and that was for us to write this music and we seem pretty good at it!
CH.89: What made you all want to start a band?
S: I guess I answered this in the last question.
CH.89: How did the name SULK come about?
S: Andy and I both love the band The Associates, its kinda how we became friends through discussing at depth and listening to them. They had an album called SULK… simple, we liked the word and meaning.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new album?
S: All SULK song up to now start with an idea from Tomas, when he feels its ready he lets us have a listen and if we like it we work on it. He seems to get it right every time apart from once ‘Take Me To Your Maker’… bloody horrible song! The writing process never stops in our camp so if the industry is kind to us, and people want it; the second album will be out rather quickly.
CH.89: What would you want people/ the listener to take from your music?
S: Records to me are my photo albums. Good times and bad times are reminded to me through albums I like and dislike. The art of writing proper albums is in decline due to shortsighted goals from the industry. I hope listening to our work reminds people of what records used to sound like and bring happy memories in the future.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?
S: Bloody hard. We write music, which should be giving us a living and getting round the world. However, the wealth is distributed wrongly… you hear these stories of pop acts with dressing room demands that would quite easily keep us going at a terrific rate for a couple of years. The one compliment I can’t stand is ‘You should be so much bigger than this’….
CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?
S: It’s kinda both, if that makes sense. Planning helps you get some sleep and being spontaneous creates great ideas.
CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist?
S: Keep your cards close to your chest and humor your enemies. x
CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?
S: Of course, we would never put ourselves in a situation that wasn’t us. We dress, talk and live the life we portray.
CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?
S: Being an Artist is easy; it’s clear who’s got it and who doesn’t. The hard bit is getting the industry to wake up and stop wasting money on no marks.
CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?
S: The music we make, I always say that I’m the biggest SULK fan and there are only 4 others who can challenge me on that claim.
CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artists that inspire you in any way?
S: Tomas, Andy, Kuba and Lewis are my inspiration musically.
CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?
S: Yeah it’s pretty good for some things and sucking the life out of others. I’m a big fan of Analogue so I know which has its place and where.
CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?
S: No, not at all. Everyone has creativity it’s just the lucky ones who manage to find it.
CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?
S: Travelling is one of my favorite bits. I’m from a small northern town where a lot of people are born and die there. This band has taken me to some amazing places and introduced me to amazing people. I’m a big fan of Germany.
CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?
S: George Orwell, Homage To Catalonia and Susan Hill The Woman In Black. Orwell finally allowed me to understand the Spanish Civil War. My Grandfather fought in it and it’s something that controls the makeup of my family. The Woman In Black is so well written and thing that has scared me the most.
CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your music?
S: To be judged on our own merit and create lots of red faces of our detractors.
CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?
S: Expressing what’s good, bad, right and wrong with melody.
CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your music?
S: Our music is like a Pre Raphaelite painting, breaking the mold but still beautiful.
Peace, Jon SULK
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