Screams From The Sun – Down Down

 

ARTIST NAME: Screams From The Sun 

 

SONG TITLE: Down Down


RELEASE DATE: 17/04/2020

 

GENRE: Pop-Rock/ Electronic-Rock

 

 

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It all started in 2017 when Mimí noticed Francis busking outside Bond Street St in Central London and decided to approach him.

 

Francis Jupiter on guitar and vocals and Mimí Out on drums and music production, the duo spent a year writing and recording while busking around the streets of London and playing gigs in established venues and unsigned festivals.

 

 

 

The Camden Assembly, The Water Rats, 229 The venue, Hope & Anchor are just few of the venues where this two-piece band hit the stage.

 


Thanks to their super energetic performances, the duo ended up on Rolling Stone France and played with Jared Leto, who joined them during their performance outside the BBC Radio1 in September 2018, right before the release of their debut single NIGHT DREAM that has received great reviews from blogs and webzines.

 


In January 2019 they released the second single THE BATTLE. To promote their single they went on tour in UK in February and May selling out the headliner gig at the Camden Assembly and the Unplugged Show in London.

 

 

2020 started with energy for the duo. Their first EP “331m/S” came out in December 2019, followed by a second tour around UK. The worldwide pandemia didn’t stop the two guys and even in quarantine, they recorded a new track called Down Down…

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Tell us how you build up the tune for this song. 

Mimí started working on a beat and composing an instrumental track while he was at the airport; on the same day Francis wrote a song about anxiety. It turned out that the two ideas were perfect for each other. At this point we started working on it by overdubbing new instruments and playing with sounds.

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Tell us the best means of becoming a famous artist and selling more records.
F: I guess the best means of it would be having the chance to travel around the world and meeting many different people and cultures just because of our music. Knowing that through something we have created, we will have the possibility to connect with tons of other persons and help them during good and bad times.

 

 


M: In order to be successful with your music you need to be inspired by your fav music and then develop a new sound according to your personality. After that, a record label and a good management can help you reach more people with your music.

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Tell us how fans are reacting to your music.

F: Since the first day we have started to play in the streets of London, people have always been amazingly supportive and everything we achieved; it happened because of them. They are super-energetic and enthusiastic and it is crazy to see how much they believe in us.

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Explain how to deal with fear on stage.
F: Being anxious can be a bit tricky, especially because being on stage is what we love the most. In my case, taking a bit of time to meditate and breathe to relax before the stage-time has always been helpful. At the end of the day none is there to judge you, but to have fun with you.

 


M: The stage is my natural habitat! During the time that I’m up on stage I forget everything from the outside world: everything disappears! I’m just connected with the music, the energy from the crowd and the power of the stage. I don’t have any fear, to be honest. Before going on stage I check that everything works perfectly and then I take a few minutes for myself; I need isolation before and after every performance.  

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Tell us your point of view on the quality of production of today’s songs to old songs and point out what you think has changed.
M: In terms of sound maybe the quality of production of today’s songs is higher compared to an old song. I don’t like comparisons but if we have to look at the differences between an old song and a new song is… ALGORITHMS!

 

 

“Old” artists focused on the quality and message of the song. Most of them spent lots of time in studios to perfect albums and expressing their unique personality!

 

 

Today there are more great artists but they can’t spend much time on a song because otherwise the algorithms will cut them off and this means less followers (not fans), less views and less chances to have a deal with a record label. And this makes it difficult to find very good songs. Plus another difference, in my opinion, is that when today an artist creates fresh stuff, there are dozens of others duplicating the same, hoping to end up on lucky playlists. 

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Tell us any interesting experience in your music career that is significant.

Having the chance to perform with Jared Leto of 30 Seconds to Mars has probably been one of the best days of our lives.

 

 

The common love for their music is what we’ve shared in the first place.

 

 

 

Another big goal has been when we’ve had the pleasure to be featured on the Rolling Stone France. We’ve met them during a freezing day of February while we were performing in Oxford Street. So seeing our faces in the front page our favourite magazine will always be something we will remember forever.

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Discuss the process involved in creating the lyrics for this song.

We usually start the process finding a melody and vowel sounds that might fit the song.

 

 

 

I remember everything started from the chorus. I wanted to talk about the feeling of being down because when you are anxious your mind can be a rollercoaster of different emotions. Once the chorus was done, everything else came naturally.

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Tell us your best means of expressing yourself.

F: Art is about exploring and learning everyday something new about yourself; so find that state of mind where you are free to do what you love without caring about someone else’s opinion, especially in these modern days where everything is based on making good impressions on the others.

 


M: I believe you shouldn’t care about what other people think if you want to fully express yourself. And expressing yourself can use different means: painting, cooking, playing, dressing up. My cousin is a confectioner and cake designer and she expresses herself by preparing unbelievably beautiful and tasty creations; my father is a painter and you can “see” him in his paintings. If you want pink hair, do it and don’t care about what people think of it!

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Tell us your opinion on using music to deliberate on issues affecting people like corruption, immoralities, politics, and religion.
F: Music is a universal language and we think that a song can speak better than a thousand words. So if you want to send a specific message, music can be the perfect vehicle.


M: Maybe I’m wrong but it seems today’s music has less power on politics. There are few artists that fight against the problems of our world and it’s a shame because in my opinion art is the most powerful vehicle to fight: it has no colour, no religion and brings people together.

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Discuss how you plan to create a piece of timeless music that your fans can cherish forever.
F: The beauty of creating music is that there are no rules. There isn’t a specific formula to create something that you know for sure will become timeless. Keep writing and experience new things is probably the only thing we keep doing. Timeless songs are usually the ones that most of the people can relate to so hopefully one day we’ll have the chance to say we did something that the majority can feel connect to it.

 

 

M: One of my biggest dreams is to write a timeless song. First of all we need not to ever give up and keep writing, experimenting and studying. Then eventually we will find somebody, like a Record Label, that can help us to reach as many people as possible.

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List the names of individuals you can point out as legends and state your reasons.
Phil Collins, Sting, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Michael Jackson, John Lennon, Stewart Copeland, Trevor Horn, Nile Rodgers, David Bowie, Jared Leto, John Taylor, Tommy Lee, Giorgio Moroder, Andy Summers, Steve Stevens, Jeff Porcaro, Tony Hadley, Prince, Madonna, Quincy Jones, Roland Orzabal, Curt Smith, Diana Ross, Beyoncé, David Gilmour and the list can go on.

 

 

 

All these amazing people raised the bar of music worldwide. They are completely different to each other and made history with their art.

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Tell us your viewpoint on discriminating.

There is no other way to describe it if not saying that is one of the most useless and stupid things someone can do. We dream to unite people with our music and we’ll never tolerate acts of discrimination. 

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Tell us your favourite books and state your reason.
F: I’d say the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is one of my favourite. A beautiful story about following your dreams and always be open to new experiences. A must read.

 


M: I like to read autobiographies and some of my favorites are
“In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death and Duran Duran” by John Taylor, “Broken Music” by Sting and “Not Dead Yet” by Phil Collins. They teach a lot about music business, achieving your goals and managing success.

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Tell us what triggers your creativity.

Probably the need of release of a specific feeling that we’re holding inside.

 

 

 

Sometimes a simple phrase, a movie or another song can be inspiring enough to trigger creativity.

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Tell us how you generate musical ideas for your composition.
We usually create new ideas based on our current mood or maybe if we feel inspired by a movie or a certain rhythm of a song we’ve heard.

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Tell us your greatest song and state the reason.
M: For me the greatest song is “Every Breath You Take” by The Police. It has all the essential ingredients a timeless song need: lyrics can be interpreted from different perspectives, music production is contained in a perfect simplicity, and the individual performances are superb!

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Tell us how you compose your song.
The 2-pieces-band is the perfect formula for us. Francis usually writes lyrics and melody, with some riffs on a loop pedal with his guitars.

 

 

Then Mimí composes the arrangement and works on the production.

 

 

Sometimes the other way around can happen but it’s always in a perfect balance between the two of us.

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Elaborate on how you compose.

It depends on what comes first; we start to create the song around an idea. This is why most of the time lyrics have always been the last thing we add. We want to be completely inspired by the sound of the track to decide if we want to talk about a specific thing…

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Elaborate on your artist’s name and the title of the album.
We wanted to find a cinematic name that could have been connected to the sun. One day I was watching videos of some solar eruptions. Those eruptions looked like SCREAMS FROM THE SUN and it inspires us.  The name of out first EP, 331m/s, is the speed of sound.

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Share your press release and review with us. 
“Down Down from Screams From the Sun is one of the most fresh tracks we’ve reviewed at Kiwi’s Listen. Unable to be held back by the pandemic, they recorded this pop-rock banger in isolation. The duo blends “emo feels” and “80s Hollywood Blockbuster” into what we hear as a darker Twenty One Pilots. The soundscape is quite electronic and alt-pop reminiscent of groups such as Everything Everything and Linkin Park’s ‘A Thousand Suns.’ However this group undeniably has the energy of 2000s emo rock groups driving it. A heavy distorted sliding synth unapologetically supports the chorus line “Down Down”, but really helps provide the key hook to the track making use of the empty space around it. ” 

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