EMQ’s with FERAL SUN
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London, UK based Rock/Metal band, Feral Sun. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist, Mick Burns for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Hi… I’m Mick Burns from Feral Sun and we play a mixture of Rock / Heavy Rock / Metal. Feral Sun Originates from Pretoria, South Africa but quickly found its way to London, UK. Since the release of our Debut album “Evacuate”, which brought us on to many Headline and support shows around the UK, we have on tour with The Mighty Skindred, were Main support to Puddle Of Muddas well as main support to one of South Africa’s “biggest” Rock bands Prime Circle.
How did you come up with your band name?
My first band in South Africa, which went by the name of “Wild Child”, had started out as a “Pearl Jam meets Incubus” kind of sound. It moved towards a heavier sound and we then felt that the name did not suit the band anymore and needed to change. I managed to find a dictionary, to find other words for “wild”, and found “feral”. Feral Child did not sound right lol! So, thinking back to many fans saying that our music had a lot of energy, I thought …what has more energy than the sun? … boom… Feral Sun was born!
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Well as mentioned, I am from South Africa and I have now been away for 16 years. The scene back then was decent, and some really good bands were making a lot of noise around the country. One band in particular “Saron Gas” made a huge success by getting signed in the US and went on to change their name to SEETHER. I have been keeping track of the scene in South Africa from here in London, and it still looks pretty much alive over there. One of my dreams is to Bring Feral Sun back to South Africa for a “Back to the Roots” tour…watch this space!
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
‘Blame’ is the first of three Single’s we aim to release over the next few months.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Well for me personally, it will have to be Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Stone Sour and Breaking Benjamin but, adding in a few from the rest of the guys in the band, there is Rage Against The Machine, Black Sabbath, Disturbed and more.
What first got you into music?
I have my brother to thank for that, as he got me listening to a variety of music when I was younger. Pink Floyd, Rodriguez, REM, Queen and more became bands and songs I would sing along to on a daily basis. Once I got into my Teens, Nirvana came on the scene and from that moment I got interested in playing guitar, then song writing, and then finally starting a band.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
As much as I would like to say Pearl Jam, I think musically now with Feral Sun’s sound, and the fact that I love their music just as much, it would be mind-blowing to collaborate with the awesome Alter Bridge \m/.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Wow… there are few to choose from but, I guess like most Rock/Metal bands, it will have to be Download. The festival has a long history of incredible bands that have inspired so many and I guess it’s one to add to the “bucket list” as such, and add your name to the list of bands to have graced the stages at Download.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Not sure I’ve received a weird gift as yet, maybe I’m doing something wrong lol! But I did once have a fan bring a Cake to a venue for my birthday, which was an absolute surprise and awesome indeed!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Well with all the craziness in the world at the moment, life can be tough! No matter how hard it gets, be sure to know that there is always someone ready to listen. As per the lyrics on ‘Find a Way’ – the first track on our debut album, “When life brings me down, I can’t find my way out…in time… I seem to find a way”
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
That is another tough question as there are a few but, I would say Chris Cornell.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
To be honest it’s the full package! I love writing, Recording, playing live, meeting new people and the occasional shenanigans.
I hate the nasty side of the Music industry, with some very dodgy people using bands for their personal gain, and in turn quite often destroying their soul and the love of music.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
To completely ban all Tout sites from ever selling tickets and give fans a fair chance of getting to see their favourite band’s at reasonable prices.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Pearl Jam – “TEN”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Downloads made listening easier but I’m a bit old school and prefer CD’s.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Supporting Prime Circle at the O2 Academy Islington most definitely! Everything was amazing, from playing a great set in front of a full house, having my family there, including my son who got to come backstage and was in his element, meeting South African Rugby legend Schalk Burger backstage, and of course finally meeting the awesome guys in Prime Circle, who are some of the nicest people we have ever had the pleasure of sharing a stage with.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I would probably be a music photographer and/or designer of artwork for bands and hopefully travel to various parts of the world.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Shaun Morgan (Seether), Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge), Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour).
What’s next for the band?
Releasing new Music singles and working towards a possible album, getting back on the road and playing as many shows, tours and festivals and a Possible Festival and mini tour in the USA and more.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Cake in biscuit form.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Really appreciate your support and would like to thank all our fans, friends and families for believing in us and supporting us all the way. We can’t wait to hear what you all think of our new tracks and we look forward to seeing you at one of our shows very soon.
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