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Interview with Sonum Unum!

Electro-rock band Sonum Unum just released their debut album, "Signals From The Sun", and it's absolutely fantastic! We love it, and we're thrilled to be able to do an interview with them!

Q: Tell the readers who you are and what you do Craig: I am a multi-instrumentalist/producer and composer. I am currently the vocalist for the band Sonum Unum. Mike: I am also a multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer and currently help create the music in Sonum Unum. Q: What is your favorite road snack? Craig: Maybe a Clif Bar if I plan on eating light that day. Fruit snacks are also a go to. Mike: If I pick up sushi and eat it in the car, can it be considered a road snack? If not I’d say trailmix with m&m’s and nuts. Q: If you were a salad, what dressing would it have? Craig: Ranch...and thats even if I am anything other than a salad. Mike: Balsamic vinaigrette Q: Tell a story about a song that had a big impact on you when you were growing up. Craig: "Fake Plastic Trees" by Radiohead. I grew up heavily into 80's prog and thrash. I recall watching MTV late night and seeing the world premiere for that video and I told myself "this band is going to be huge". It was that point my entire musical world started to evolve and dove deep down a serious rabbit hole. Mike: “Moon Shadow” by Cat Stevens. I was in 5th grade and my school went on a week long trip to a camp. This was one of the songs we sang there. I had no idea who’s song it was, but years later in college I dated someone who showed me Cat Stevens and I felt a deep connection to that music. It showed me that there are feelings that I associate with certain time periods in my life. Q: How did you develop your sound? Craig: Mike and I met by way of a Craigslist ad. The plan was originally to create ambient style music with vocals. We wrote one track "Holding On Forever", which is the last track on our album. It was sort of the style we were aiming for but then we wrote "Empty Spaces" and that was much more diverse and filled with dynamics that we decided to continue writing music in that electronic rock style. Mike: I think Craig and I both have an inclination for electronic, industrial music with a dark, ambient vibe. We started by making ambient music, but as Craig said, Empty Spaces cleared the way for our electronic rock style. I remember one text we had was specifically about making a decision to go this route musically. Q: Who is your dream collab? Craig: Doing a remix of some kind for Nine Inch Nails would be sick of course. Mike: Collaborating with Bjork would be unbelievable cool. Q: If you couldn’t do what you do, what would you do? Craig: The idea of music not being something in my life is terrifying because everything else seems so ordinary and basic. I would dabble in some type of art medium...painting maybe? I also always wanted to start a food truck business. Mike: I would probably get into herbs and teas and make herbal tinctures and listen to the birds and wind in absence of music. It would be a quiet life. Q: What is your motivation? Craig: If I don't do music it feels like there is a major void in my life. I can't allow the void to consume me. I guess that's my motivation. Mike: The music I create is like a reflection of my consciousness and it’s like I’m reflecting on that when I listen to what I’ve created. And that creates stability and allows me to keep moving forward. Q: Have you had any weird fan interactions? Craig: Not yet Mike: Not really Q: Where can people follow you? Craig: We are on all the social medias....just look for "Sonum Unum" Mike: We are also on all music streaming apps Q: What do you want to say to your fans who might read this? Craig: "I hope you like our album 'Signals From the Sun'. Hope you will come check us live. Mike: I hope you like our music, and I hope you find something interesting to connect with when you listen.

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