interview with Mourning Sun

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Have any of you played in other bands?James: No.

How is it that you started playing music? James: I grew up surrounded by musicians so it was inevitable.

What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you? James: James Vaughn Lubbering, I am the vocalist, and I’m 20.

Have you had other previous members? James: Yes we’ve had five other members pass through our line-up.

Did you make music even when you were young? James: No, just listened and absorbed everything.

Where are you from? James: San Antonio, Texas.

What year did the band form? James: Technically early 2016 with our current line-up, though Emmanuel and James started together with other members at the time early 2014.

What's your style of genre? James: Specifically Metal-core, though we branch out a’ little into different genres.

What inspires you? James: Everything, and anything.

How often and where do you rehearse? James: Let’s just say we’re getting better at scheduling practice, one-hundred percent at our drummer’s parent’s house.

How have you developed since you started with the music? James: Me personally I’ve definitely become a perfectionist, even though I know perfection is unachievable I’ll try my hardest to reach it. Also, the way I listen to music, notice every detail about the quality and patterns of a song.

Do you have other interests of work outside the band? James: Not really no, other than playing video games like a manic this band is all I want.

Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? James: It would be absolutely cool to have one, it would just help with scheduling things better.

Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? James: Not at the moment, in the near future most likely. We have a few in mind, and it’s what dreams are made of if you’re a musician of course.

What made you decide to make this music? Emmanuel and James, we’re the ones who wrote all the songs in the beginning. Kyle, Ian, and Baker came in and helped mature the sound of each song and tighten the sound.

What are your songs about? James is our main lyricist, each song has its own meaning and topic behind it. Either there’s multiple meanings or just a specific topic throughout a song. So for example “, Son of No Man,” is about James’s father and what he went through as a kid, While “, Where it Hurt’s the Most,” is about rebirth of one’s own life, a new start, and how regret can take a toll on someone and lead them to have a negative outlook on themselves.

Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? It was a combination of Emmanuel and James, mostly Emmanuel, with Kyle, Ian, and Baker later coming in and adding more. James writes all the lyrics to our songs.

Do you have any role models or idols? Ian: Enter Shikari, a ton of other musicians, Bernie Sanders, my boy Jesus

Do you start with the music or the lyrics? It can go either way, some songs were written with lyrics afterward put on, at the same time, and even before the idea of the song. Do you compose in a certain environment? Most songs were written in either Emmanuel’s or James’s room. Have you done any covers live? James: Yes, and they were performed fairly well. What language do you sing in? James: English, though willing to experiment maybe in the future. What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? James: Simply people who know us and people who don’t. What ages are most of your concert attendants? James: I’d say a fair range between fifteen and thirty-year-olds

Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? James: We’ve played our whole EP every show since our current line-up Do you have a regular place you play live often? James: Yes we play mostly at The Korova, downtown here in San Antonio. As well as The Paper Tiger sometimes, but we’re going to expand that soon enough.

What was your first gig like? James: I’ll say our first gig with the current line-up was definitely fun, one because our bassist Baker had never played with us before.

How do you get psyched for a gig? Ian: I like to jump around and shit

What was your latest gig? James: Our latest gig was more relaxed because we know what we’re doing now.

Have you had to cancel a gig? No, but before James joined up with Emmanuel in his band, Emmanuel’s band canceled a show and said their drummer died. Until this day it’s still funny.

Where have you played live this year? James: This year we’ve been mainly focusing on our EP, but Emmanuel and James will play acoustic shows every now and then at The Korova.

Where do you plan to gig the coming year? James: At The Paper Tiger here in San Antonio.

When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? James: We started selling merchandise early into our current line-up, right now we’re all out, but do plan on getting more soon enough.

Where can people buy your merchandise? James: When we do get more merchandise soon just from us, then maybe online.

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records nowadays? James: Personally as long as someone gets a hold of our music that’s what matters, though a physical copy of an album is always satisfying.

How do you think the music industry has changed because of this? James: Marketing music most likely, instead of ordering or having to go somewhere to get the physical copy, people can just instantly download the album no problem and I think that’s what’s making the physical copy of an album less wanted nowadays. Ian: It, Of course, record sales went from like 750 million records sold to like 150 million in 2014. The music business has definitely had to shift advertising focus and find other ways to capitalize on music

How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? James: Anybody who’s anybody loves getting to know they’re favorite band or just a band you want to hear. Relating to someone is such a powerful and positive thing with music, and that’s what people are looking for.

What have been your biggest obstacles? James: As a band, at first we struggled with scheduling of course, but we’ve come to get better at it. Also, communication is key in a band, without it everything can fall apart, nobody in a band should feel left out or afraid to speak their mind.

What advice would you give other bands or artists? James: Have patience for everything and anything, even when nothing may be happening that doesn’t mean everything has stopped.

Do you have any new material? James: In the works, yes, and that will, of course, be for a full-length album.

How can people reach you? James: We’re on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube.

What are your plans for the future? James: Releasing more music then people will be able to handle, play shows out of town, maybe in another state, get signed to label will be proud and happy to be a part of.

Do you have something to add? James: To any fresh new upcoming bands, when you’re writing a song or just writing lyrics, never and I repeat never sit there and say we should write like ”, This,” band. Just sit down and write, people will hear your influence through the music which is inevitable, but the actual composing of the music should never purposely copied. Let things be a natural progression, even if it doesn’t make sense you are owning your skills as a musician that is what is most important. Ian: Nah fam

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