What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
Romain: We both started playing in bands and making music quite young, but there was nothing very serious about it. It was rather a pretext to go party with friends and have fun playing covers of our favourite songs, like a lot of teenagers used to do at that time.
Then one day Dorota came to France for a school exchange program and that’s how we met. What started as a random jam session turned into a musical love at first sight – it was strange and beautiful. The year after Dorota settled down in France and we finally could start a serious project together. It’s been already more than a decade now. The Blind Suns is our most recent project. I’ve heard musicians say school was useless for them, we can’t say that !
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
Dorota: Our last release is our second album „Offshore”. It was a big step further for the project as we signed to a new label and worked with an American producer, Charles Rowell, from our favorite Californian band Crocodiles. We like to call it a road-album as we mainly wrote it on tour around the world.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
Romain: Music-wise, we love the 60’s psych-surf era and the 80’s 90’s shoe gaze/dream pop era as well. Without order let’s say Dick Dale, Mazzy Star, The Jesus And Mary Chain, The Velvet Underground, Slowdive. Non-music-wise, we are attracted to the cinema and especially to some old horror-bizarre-cheap movies like Carpenter’s ones (Christine !) or David Lynch. You can find this influence in lots of our videoclips.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
Romain: There’s a correlation between the way we blend our two personalities and cultures (french and polish) and the way we approach music. It seems like a lot of bands stick to a short list of influences, almost being a revival or a caricature of a genre or band, imitating sounds, postures. We don’t really care about it, we can blend surf rock guitar licks with 80’s drum machines and reverb drenched vocal melodies. I don’t think somebody can cover The Blind Suns sound, it is unique.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
„Midnight Boom” (The Kills)
„ A Deeper Understanding” (War On Drugs)
„Pretty in Black” (The Raveonettes)
All the Tarantinos (hard to choose haha)
„The War of Art” (Steven Pressfield)
„Just Kids” (Patti Smith)
„The teachings of Don Juan : A Yaqui Way of Knowledge” (Carlos Castaneda)
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
Dorota: It’s hard to choose. Both are exciting in very different ways. We love being on the road and sharing our music with people directly provides (most of the time) an indescribable joy and fills us with some superhuman energy which is pretty addictive. Still there’s always a limit, a moment when we feel like getting isolated to create and it’s cool too. Shaping new sounds in an absolute silence in a countryside scenery (this is where our studio is) is a magic moment too. I guess what we look for is the perfect balance between these two energies.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
Dorota: There are several stories to tell from our American travels which can explain our fascination by the South of the US after all. A month before „Offshore” dropped we were in Texas and decided to shoot a video for our album’s second single. We had no specific script, we wanted to shoot stuff spontaneously, involving Texan people to create „portraits”. This is how we met Sam aka Samuel Grey Horse. A genuine Native American who had become a kind of Austin’s mascotte as he keeps on riding his horses and mules in the middle of traffic because „he was there FIRST”. He accepted to work with us. We spent half of the day hanging around the city, riding horses in the middle of honking cars and listening to some crazy shamanic stories that led us later to Enchanted Rock to continue the shooting. It is for sure one of the most unforgettable things we lived on tour.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
Dorota: „Rockerfeller” – the first song from our first album because this is the only track people got unanimous saying it’s our coolest one and we never succeeded in remaking this kind of obvious cool vibe since. Damn it. Still trying ! (haha)
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
Romain: Of course! We are currently getting ready to release our third album. Not sure of the date yet but stay connected as we will be dropping some new music and videos soon in 2020.
Also we are working on some new international tours so there’s a good chance we will be coming back to Poland before summer holidays. Can’t say more for now. Rendez-Vous on our socials 😉 !!!
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
Dorota: Okay…. I would say „How does it feel to be a woman in the music industry” ?
To be honest, pretty shitty haha I personally admire all the female musicians holding on, as this world is still pretty much a „male world” and tricky. I’m glad there is a little highlight on the female topic right now in general. Let’s hope it will result in some real changes in the society. Rise up girls!
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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