Marcus Bridge, vocalist for Sydney band Sound of Seasons, was kind enough to chat with me about joining the band, his achievements and struggles and the future of SOS.
First of all, for those who are unfamiliar with your band, can you please briefly introduce us to Sound of Seasons?
We are a 4-piece alternative rock band from Sydney.
You guys formed in 2011, how did you meet and get started with the band?
The rest of the guys were in a band prior to SOS. I was actually a huge fan of them when I was in my first band. I had spoken with Jayson (our bassist) via msn and Myspace (those were the days) a few times, he’d sent me a few different instrumental tracks to try and sing over, and a little while later asked me to come jam with the rest of the dudes.
What got you into the local music scene? Do you remember the first gig you saw?
Just starting a band kind of got me into all of that. I was a pretty awkward kid for the majority of my schooling life and didn’t really get into music until year 9, so I hadn’t really experienced much live music before. The first gig I went to was Jet. They were huge at the time so I was pretty stoked.
Can you recall the first show you played as Sound of Seasons?
Our first gig was at The Valve Bar in Sydney and I turned up late, literally 2 minutes before we were meant to play. Professionalism at its finest.
On the topic of shows, you guys have played alongside the likes of Tonight Alive and Closure In Moscow who are both really successful Australian bands; what was that experience like and what are your ambitions for Sound of Seasons?
Playing with bands of that caliber is a real privilege and gives hope for the rest of us stuck here in Australia. As I’m sure every band’s goal is, it’s to see the world with your best mates, play music that you love and hopefully relate with people through your music. But personally, filming a live DVD would have to be on my bucket list. Though it’s never going to be the same, it would be great to see myself perform live outside of crappy Iphone videos aha.
In the time you’ve been a band, who are your favourite bands to tour with by far?
The Roadrats (Sienna Skies and Built on Secrets). All great dudes and was an absolute pleasure to hang and play with them every night. And though we haven’t technically toured with them, can’t forget about my boys in Vice Versa!
What would you say has been the biggest struggle and biggest achievement of being in a band?
Biggest struggle would have to be staying motivated. Don’t get me wrong, I love music and it’s what I hope to be doing for the rest of my life (at least a large portion of it) but sometimes little things get to you; situations change and you can’t help but feel exhausted. But it’s all part of the job.
Biggest achievement, at least for me, would be writing and recording our EP, Make Believe. I’d been in bands before, but I’d never really had any experience in the studio. I’d always record stuff for other bands at home, and the quality was never up to scratch. We spent a lot of time choosing the right songs for the EP, and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.
What’s on the schedule for Sound of Seasons in 2013?
We will be trying to play around the country as much as possible this year, as well as continuing to write for our next release! There might also be a music video in the works at the moment .
In your opinion and experience, what do you think makes the local music scene so special?
The local scene has always been a home for kids from many different walks of life and I’m sure has helped a lot of them in the process. I’m gonna put it out there, I was a bit of loser for the majority of my time at school. I wasn’t the most popular kid. But once I had music in my life, there was this whole other world of like-minded people away from school. It really brings people together. That’s true with me at least.
Thanks again for your time Marcus, is there anything else you would like to add?
Check us out online at www.facebook.com/soundofseasons
- Nisa Ates