DJ Ron Slomowicz: How's your day going?
Antoine of Second Sun: My day is going fantastic. We're here in New York and we set up our studio in this room.
RS: Are you working on a remix or a new production?
Second Sun: Actually, right now we're working on our show for next Thursday at the Canal Room.
RS: So you do a new program for every show ?
Second Sun: Yes, we try to make every show special because we don't want every show to sound the same. It's basically like the work a DJ would do on the fly in terms of like choosing the right songs, but we try to feel it out before we get to the gig, that way our sounds are ready for our synthesizers.
It's a whole big production, to have everything work and it takes tone of preparation. We thought we'd be ready before we came to New York, so we're taking this day today to just work some more on this show and we're doing this cover of Depeche Mode's "Dream On" - it's going to be for the encore. I'm going to sing the David Gahan part, so we're just having a blast over here in our little traveling studio.
RS: I managed to catch you at the Macarena in Miami and your
show was insane.
Second Sun: Thank you so much. We put a lot of work in to it, so we're ecstatic with the response it's getting.
RS: Did you always envision your live performances as a major
part of your message?
Second Sun: Oh absolutely. For us this is a huge part of our message, we try to make it a point that we're not DJs and we're not making tracks that support our DJing career. We're real artists like in a rock band and make our songs and want to perform them live on stage and give people a real good show. We want something like a rock show feel and really get the crowd going. This is what we're all about.
RS: Awesome. How important do you think touring is going to be for you?
Second Sun: Right now we're setting up a tour for the summer. When we're traveling by plane our gear gets knocked around so much that it damages it, which was the case last time we opened for Paul Van Dyk in Berlin. We had a show over there and with the flights, by the time we got in Berlin, we had a piece of equipment that was completely busted. So we're trying to avoid flying too much with our equipment and for the summer we're going to have travel all over North America in this RV. It's just like a thirty-five foot luxury RV and we're going to drive all over North America, stop in every city and really do it old school. Big venues in the cities, smaller venues in the smaller cites and we're going to hit up every market and live like a traveling circus.
RS: I've listened to your CD several times and it rocks. It
almost feels like a mixed CD. Did you produce the songs with that
kind of goal?
Second Sun: We wanted to have that feel where you can be listening to it in you car or put it on at a party, so most of the songs are mixed together and don't lose the energy. What I love about mixing is that it's really kind of like a journey, where a song is mixed into another and you don't lose the momentum. We wanted to recreate that in our studio album.
We're really adamant about writing real songs but at the same time making tracks that have really banging club appeal. It was really just trying to find that right balance, because we didn't want to have a watered-down version of Second Sun because it was on the CD. Sometimes I see DJs playing in clubs and I love their sets that are full of energy and really amaze me but then I listen to their mixed CD and sometimes I get so bored with them because it's not the same feel. We wanted people to have the real Second Sun experience on the CD.
RS: That's the advantage of being an artist. You make your own
music so you have rights to it. When you're a DJ, you can't get half
the stuff you play out.
Second Sun: Oh yes, exactly. That's the thing and we're lucky enough not to have to deal with that and we pick and choose exactly what we want on the CD.