Just a Brain Inside a Cookie | Lunar [Musician Interview]

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Who inspired you to make music?

ALEX BOSSON: I think it was more of music as a whole that inspired me to get into making music. There wasn’t one particular artist at the beginning that made me think: “I want to be like them.” I more so was just impressed with everything I was hearing at a young age; Slipknot, No Doubt, Smashing Pumpkins, Marilyn Manson, Megadeth… There were a lot of the bands I heard early on that influenced me to play music in general.

What is your creative process like? Do you start with lyrics? Instruments? Concept?

AB: For this most recent album, “Eidolon,” the concept definitely came first. I had the idea for the concept and used that to kind of shape how I wanted the music to fit with it. After that moved along to writing guitar parts and constructing the songs and, even though I had the idea for what the songs would be about, the actual lyrics came last. The previous album was a little different as Ryan (Erwin) and I both had a bunch of musical ideas we bounced off of each other first and then the concept and lyrics came later.

Note: Blind Thought will be posting a review of Lunar’s album ‘Eidolon’ later this week so make sure to check that out!

What do you feel is the best song you have released/written and why?

AB: Probably “Comfort.” It’s the main “single,” if you will, from the latest album. I think that song has wonderful diversity in style, conveys the right emotion and is great to listen to. It also features a guest guitar solo from Richard Henshall (HAKEN / NOVA COLLECTIVE) that I personally love. And it also seems to be one of the fan favorites, so others must agree.

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

AB: That’s tough to put into one general piece of advice. I suppose it would be between “do what makes you happy” and “don’t ever sign anything without reading and understanding it.” Both messages can apply to a lot of things, so they’ve been useful things throughout life. But I’ve been fortunate to have a lot of great people in my life teaching me lessons and giving me useful advice.

If you could be any kind of cookie, what would it be and why? (Most important question)

AB: Haha! Umm… a peanut butter oatmeal raisin cookie because that sounds gross to me and if I’m gross no one will eat me and I can continue to live. Assuming I’m still me… it’s just my brain inside a cookie. Hahaha!

How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?

AB: I feel like it’s mostly been a positive impact. The downside is there’s just so much content out there, it’s far too much for anyone to actually absorb all of it. But with that, even if you do through 100 sh–y bands and find 1 great one, that’s one more new band you may not have discovered otherwise. So I think it gives people a lot more opportunity to discover new great music. The streaming services aren’t perfect, but it’s a whole new way of distributing music and I think it’s on its way to being something great and beneficial for everyone involved. And without the connections of the internet to the music industry, I would not have been able to do many of the things I’ve done for releases. My other band, HELION PRIME, recently did a Kickstarter campaign, which if we hadn’t done, we never would have been able to independently fund our 3rd album. And with Lunar, 95% of the incredible musicians that appear on these albums I met by connecting with them on the internet and never would have had the chance to collaborate with them without that.

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

AB: I think it needs to be more feasible for artists to actually make a living and support themselves in doing this. And I don’t just say this for myself or out of greed. I’m not saying every musician needs to be rock-star rich… But I’ve seen so many fellow musicians over the years that I have imagined are well off doing this at a professional level and still struggling to get by. After they pay their labels, streaming platforms, tour crews, expenses, etc., so many of these guys we all look up to are still having to find new and unique things, like offering lessons, meet & greets, etc., just to make ends meet or even to pay off extreme debts that albums and tours put them in. And I fear if that doesn’t change, too many artists that we all love and look up to won’t be able to keep doing what they do. I don’t mean that all those people that take their cut don’t deserve a cut! They certainly do. But I’ve heard too many stories of the artists getting screwed in these situations and, ultimately, if the artist can’t afford to live, they’re not going to be able to continue to tour and put out albums.

What is the most useless talent you have?

AB: I honestly don’t know of any useless talents I have. The only talents I do have are musical, and they’re not useless. Aside from that, I’m talentless. Oh, I can vibrate my eyes. It’s like a loose nerve or something and I can shake them back and forth really fast. Even that’s not useless because I can freak people out with it and usually it’s pretty funny. But that’s probably the MOST useless. Hahaha!

When you’re done with music, what do you want people to think when they talk about you and your work?

AB: When I’m done with music, hopefully it will be because I’m dead. I hope I can continue to be involved in music in some form or another until my dying day. And after that, if what I’ve done is talked about and remembered, I hope it’s just in a positive light. I hope people will continue to enjoy it after I’m gone and I hope it has a positive impact on someone’s life.

What is your most recent project/upcoming project?

AB: We most recently released our 2nd album “Eidolon.” It’s available now in CD, deluxe 2x CD, limited collector’s cassette and on all major digital and streaming platforms. And, we don’t have a for sure date yet, but sometime before the end of the year, we will be releasing the album on a limited edition hand-numbered vinyl 2x LP! And aside from that, we’ve all been hard at work on album #3. It’s still fairly early in the process, so I don’t have much to divulge about it yet. But, suffice to say, I think it’s going to be the best Lunar album yet! Ryan (Price) and Balmore have been more involved in the writing this time around, and we have some more incredible guest appearances coming up on this one! All of which really adds to the diversity and skill that is going to be shown on this album. I’m very excited about it! Make sure to follow us on social media platforms for updates on all this stuff in the near future.

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