The Soil & the Sun came together a little over a year and a half ago, but they have already made a huge impression on both the Michigan and the national music scene. Their musical description is what grabs the attention of fans first even before hearing the opening chords to a song. Their musical sound is described as, experimental spiritual folk-rock meets new Mexican space music. The folk music influences can be felt in their recordings and live performances but the Mexican space music theme remains somewhat of a mystery to most.
The Soil & the Sun do not consider themselves to be a part of mainstream success; instead they focus on their future day by day. ” The future is a wild creature that I wouldn’t dare try to domesticate. I heard someone say that a “fool” plans out his steps ahead of him. Anyway, we’re happy and content right now, and I can only hope that we are able to make music for the rest of our lives, in some form or another,” described members of the band.
Fans of the Soil & the Sun can download their album right off their website. The album, Wake Up Child, is avaliable for digital download as well as, a limited edition vinyl. The band will also be playing Mac’s bar in East Lansing on April 12th.
The following is my full interview with the Soil & the Sun and is the first Michigan Music Spotlight for March.
C: When did the Soil & the Sun come together?
S: The group, as it is in its current form, came together over the past year and a half. However, I went to college with a few of the band members, and we often made music together way back then. After school, a bunch of people that we are all friends with moved up to Grand Rapids, and the band started to emerge into the group it is now.
C: In a few words, how would you describe the band’s musical sound?
S: Our sound is really loud sometimes, really quiet sometimes, orchestral sometimes, and rock and roll sometimes. I’d like to think that it is genuine and honest yet mysteriously hopeful.
C: What musical influences do you pull from when you are performing or writing music?
S: We all enjoy a pretty broad pallet of musical tastes. Our interests overlap in a lot of areas as well. Personally, I tend to draw from my most exotic life experiences when writing music. I have been fortunate to be able to pursue another passion of mine, which is seeing the world. The traditional music of Southeast Asia and South America has impacted me the most.
C: The Soil & the Sun has gained quite a large following in Michigan and beyond, what was the process of coming up in the industry like?
S: I wouldn’t exactly say that we’ve accomplished much according to the music industry standards, but I definitely do feel grateful for the people who listen to and enjoy our music. Their support helps us to be able to continue doing what we love and help us expand and grow whatever it is that we have going on here…
C: How would you guys as a band describe the Michigan music scene?
S: Michigan is a wonderful place to live and be in a community and make art. a) it’s beautiful b) the people are kind and interesting c) there is some sort of creative energy building up in West Michigan. I can only imagine the music/arts scene around here blooming more and more.
C: How do you all as a band feel social media has helped and will continue to help your career?
S: The band has benefited from the existence of social media. It enables people to see when we’re playing shows, so they can come out. Hmm. I wonder how bands did it 15 years ago? I’m going to look into that.
C: What does the future of the band hold?
S: The future is a wild creature that I wouldn’t dare try to domesticate. I heard someone say that a “fool” plans out his steps ahead of him. Anyway, we’re happy and content right now, and I can only hope that we are able to make music for the rest of our lives, in some form or another.