Introduce us all to the members and your musical history?

S: Sam lead vocals, I’d always played with lyrics and when I first picked up a guitar I started writing tunes, I’m absolutely awful at the instruments I do play but it does the job for writing

A: Alex, Guitar. Exciting.

B: Billy, Guitar. Boring.

D: Declan, Bass guitar. Played guitar since I was about 14, my dad taught me how to play and I’ve been playing ever since. 

J:Joel ‘the baddun’ haddon, slapping the drums for far too long! 

A few of you have played in a few bands over the years. What made you decide to start Sunset Collective?

S: I’d done some solo acoustic guitar gigs but I knew I needed some proper musicians around me to properly get going and unfortunately I ended up we have these twonks

A: Sam asked me if I wanted to start a really cool band with him, I said yes, still waiting for the really cool part.

J: I was floating around with other bands at the time and was offered a “first gig” at the 02 academy mainstage…. Couldn’t resist. 

When are you going to get a decent logo? (I had some fun with Joel the other day saying it looked like a wine menu font 🙂 )

Hahaha, we’ve changed it twice and still can’t settle on what we want, we’ll get there eventually

What will make this band succeed over your former bands?

A: Investing in a double necked guitar

J: a better logo 

😂 What’s the best piece of advice you have received?

S: Keep writing, it wasn’t until starting the band I truly started to realise how deep songwriting is, I aim to learn something from every song I write now, and its an absolutely class feeling when you do something that surprises yourself and you just go that’s mint that

A: If you have ears don’t stand next to Joel’s drum kit.

B: Don’t eat for 2 hours before you go on stage. 

D: Not advice I’ve received but advice I would now give. Don’t leave your new guitar near a puppy.

J: don’t eat yellow snow 

Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?

S: Domino’s

A: A car.

B: Egg poacher, then did it properly so …

D: A dog, but I couldn’t live without him now 

J: A fender strat. Cost me a few Bob, played it 3 times and flogged it haha! 

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? 

S: I used to live off Jesse Ventura’s Conspiracy Theory, Lee Harvey Oswald didn’t act alone.

A: The queen’s a lizard and rain is actually god pissing on us. Probably.

B: The Umberto eco view that Noel’s a poet and Liam’s a town crier.

D: Naaaa, live in the real world me. 

J: Every single one. Aliens are real. FACT 

What support is out there for new artists in Sheffield?

Tufty and George and Sydney & Matilda are class at getting new bands gigs, anytime we’ve played Tufty is always there for advice and a good chat, can’t rate them enough!

Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about? 

S: I’m a twin, better-looking one obvs

A: I know two phrases in Spanish which in English mean – “You’ve got a cat on your head” and “In my backpack, there is a library”. Both are very handy.

B: Never finished a pint. 

D: Aspiring Guinness world record holder, just don’t know what record yet.

J: We named our daughter after a kinks song! 

Tell us a funny story from backstage?

Leadmill, headline gig, biggest one yet for us and we are all ready to go out. Billy tells us “wait lads I need a pre match poo” and starts rushing about getting changed and looking for the toilet. Our walkout music starts as he opens the toilet door. The venom at which the rest of the bands eyes lasered in on Bill in that moment was incredible. He was forced to hold it in but in the messing about our walkout music played twice! Sam burst on stage just in time for the chorus so everyone was happy. Billy held strong.

If you had to describe your band to an alien how would you describe them? 

Not sure… We would just let Joel do this! He speaks to them…. Claims he has proof 

J: Outta this world

Which one of the band is the most unpredictable and why?

S: Alex, so very very late

A: Me, so very very late (or Bill with his surprise holidays before important band things)

B: Me I think, most likely to surprise the lads with a holiday and actually missed a gig once. That was a dark day. 

D: Joel, the most predictably unpredictable person ever, you don’t know what he’s gonna do but you can predict he’s gonna do something nuts! 

J: Billy…. The future winner of master chef

Which one of the band is the biggest nightmare? (Just a bit of fun) 

S: Joel, absolute wildcard.

A: Joel, first time I met him he threw himself down a flight of stairs for fun and then blew a bubble at me off the tip of his tongue before moonwalking out the room.

B: Joel, nut job

D: Joel, wants putting in a straight jacket 

J: Who, ME? 

You have one phone call and you have been locked up for a crime you didn’t commit? Which member would you call first? 

S: Billy, a brother from another mother and all that

A: Dec, only other member with at least half a brain.

B: Joel, he’d swap places with me no questions asked. Top boy. Sams sound too though.

D: Sam, he’s got connections to get me out. The gangster of Dronfield 

J: Alex, he reeks of solicitor, the guy wears blazers 

What makes you stand out as a band?

Raw sex appeal

Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?

With the lack of air time for upcoming artists on major radio stations, there are only so many times they can play George Ezras new one.

Tell us about a time when you had a proper reyt laugh while you were all together?

We had a band Christmas do this year and we found out Dec has a Korma from the curry house which is quite frankly embarrassing.

What’s your favourite song to play live and why?

S: And as of yet unrecorded tune called Wanna Be One, it starts out so soft but builds to a massive ending, it’s reyt good

A: I Want You to Hit Me as Hard as You Can

B: Our new single I Want You to Hit Me … because it’s a 2 minute 50 blitz that seems to get people going.

D: Shadow my side! Reyt tune. 

J: I love playing this new tune we have called “fighters are made to fall”

I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?

This one is for the atmosphere. It’s fast paced, loud, and full of energy. The song itself is about negativity and anxieties that try and break you down but you won’t let them. You fight against it and know that you’re strong enough to say “bring it on”. Hopefully, that idea connects with people. 

Talk me through the thought process of the single?

We’ve got a really good mix of songs in the bank but we kept speaking about having a fast-paced one for the crowd to enjoy. Billy has said for years he wanted to write a song with this title and then one day he came in and said “you’ve gotta listen to this”! 

What was the recording process like?

It was class, we record with Matt at Axis Studio in Donny who’s a top bloke and he tells us if something sounds flat, etc. which you need from that outside ear. Bill ended up writing the chorus lead on the day to thicken it up and it’s stuff like that which we all love about the studio, you go in expecting something and come out with something completely different.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single/album?

Previous singles we’ve rushed a little and maybe tried too hard to DIY it so learning from those releases, we think we’ve done the best we can here and now. 

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Give it 6 months. We always want to improve but right now we’re too excited to say anything other than this is the best thing we’ve done and everyone should listen to it. 

What are your plans for the year ahead?

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

We’ve got a load of out of town gigs sorted, we’re releasing more songs this year than we’ve already got out and we’re sitting on two huge announcements that we can’t share till towards the back end of the year but positively is high and everything is in place for this to be our biggest year yet!

Thanks to Carl and the team at RGM for having us, we appreciate the exposure and support! Big love guys ❤️

Cheers lads 👊