Tell us a few things about your new song “Lend Myself”. What is the story behind it?
Lend Myself started off as my attempt to write a Motown song. I really wanted to make a groove with a bounce to it like a Marvin Gaye or The Supremes tune. However, once we started working on the guitar part it started to become its own thing. Lend Myself still retains a lot of those early soul influences especially in the percussion and backing vocals. Lend Myself is about being tied to the past and not being able to move forward.
How would you describe your musical progress?
Slow and steady wins the race! Hoping for 2022 to be a big year for Sun Affair!
Which is your most personal and honest lyric?
From Lend Myself it would be “I take my tears to the door and the thought of you, it lingers like perfume on my pillow”
Favourite album of the past year?
‘Shore’ by Fleet Foxes
What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an artist so far?
Finding the confidence to put out my own music. I was mainly a classical composer before Sun Affair and was holding back on releasing my own pop stuff. It’s taken some time but I’m getting there!
What advice would you give to your younger self?
“Put out those songs you’ve been sitting on asap!”
Your sound has a nostalgic touch. What is your creative process like? And what is the main idea behind your last single?
My creative process usually involves me sitting at the piano and improvising until I come up with something that catches my ear. Once I’ve found that golden progression or melody I can start to build up the essence of the song.
Lyrically ‘Sun Affair’ is a summer song through and through. It’s ultimately about heading down to your favourite spot with your mates and having some beers. It’s those times when you put everything in your life aside to enjoy those golden afternoons under the sun.
What comes first in your music? Lyrics or music?
When I write it’s usually the music first but for this track I actually had the chorus lyrics down before I went near a piano.
Do you have an artist that you would describe as a hidden gem that we should know about?
Tatsuro Yamashita, the king of City Pop! He’s not a hidden gem in certain circles (especially in Japan) but not as known as he should be. Tyler the Creator even sampled him recently so he is out there but is definitely worth a deep dive.
What would you change in the music industry?
I’d love to see more focus put on intricate songwriting and arranging rather than image and spectacle.
What was the best film you have watched during the quarantine?
Well I definitely watched a lot of average movies during quarantine and they have their place but the best movie I watched was ‘Midsommar’. Super unsettling and creepy but in a real slow-burn kind of way. Don’t watch with dinner!
One last thing we should know about you?
I also compose contemporary classical music under my actual name Wesley Stormer. It’s pretty different from my Sun Affair stuff but feel free to check it out.