By Nicholas Jason Lopez
London-based pop-rock band Before Sunday proudly boast the ability to blur the line between various genres, not limited to, but including pop, EDM, hard rock, funk and alternative.
On Apr. 24, 2020, they released their first full-length album, ‘Anticipation’ via Rockshots Records. The same day, they unleashed the animated official music video for “Living In London.”
The Music Bugle recently had the chance to talk with members Nik Basis and Stella Panteloudi about the new album and more.
Music Bugle – How did you decide the band name?
Nik Basis – I met Stella after finishing some long-lasting professional music projects on a Saturday before midnight. I created a list of names and one of them was “Before Sunday” as a symbolism for the day we met. We all loved it and it stayed with us!
Music Bugle – What was it like making ‘Anticipation’ and how do you feel it came out?
Nik Basis – It was a long creative, fun and challenging experience! We worked very hard in a studio in London for around eight months to finish the album and we’re very proud of it. We love every note in there! The writing process started in a specific way and ended in a… different way. It started by me writing demos of complete songs, including some vocal melodies, then passing to Stella for vocal lines ideas and then going to the studio to record, produce and polish the result. During the process, we reestablished our relationship with our producer Kriss. We became good friends and that made things much more comfortable in the studio. I was bringing in a basic “demo” and everybody was pitching ideas recorded “on the spot.” It was pretty fun!
Music Bugle – Out of the music videos you have made, which one stands out as your favorite?
Stella Panteloudi – That’s a difficult question! We love all of them for different reasons. For example, “No Destination” was our first video when we were first starting out our music career in London. How can we not love it? (Laughs) but if I have to choose one video, this has to be “Obsessions.” It’s a very emotional video that we created during a very dark period in our personal lives. Filming “Obsessions” was a very challenging process that included a lot of traveling, but we are very proud of the result. We love that music video.
Music Bugle – Does social media make it easier or harder to stand out in music these days?
Stella Panteloudi – Well… the way in which we listen to music has completely shifted. On one hand, it’s a blessing that independent artists are now putting their fate in their own hands, by bypassing labels, uploading their projects to online streaming platforms and speaking to their fans directly through their social media. On the other hand, it feels like there is no “filter” anymore. There is so much music coming out, which is instantly available everywhere and sometimes, it’s overwhelming. I feel like we give less attention to the music we love. Fans need to keep supporting the artists they love.
Music Bugle – What was your favorite show to play so far?
Stella Panteloudi – We had played many great shows. One of our favorites is the show we did in the O2 Academy Brixton as special guests for the Soundwaves Music Competition! It was quite fun and full of energy, but I think our most memorable show is the one we gave in 8Ball, Thessaloniki, Greece while supporting the great Pavlov’s Dog on their mini tour. It was such a unique experience. We played our album live for the first time and the reactions of the audience were enthusiastic! We can’t wait to get back on stage.
Music Bugle – How has COVID-19 affected you?
Nik Basis – Well, it was definitely an unprecedented situation. A lot of panic and fear spread and just like that, the world changed. The “staying home” part must have been difficult for many people that were used to a different way of life. We feel very sorry for all professionals who lost their jobs during this crazy period of time. Especially for artists. Hopefully, we all took our lesson and we became tiny bit better human beings in the end. As musicians, we were heavily affected, as we couldn’t do gigs to promote our album, which is a big part of releasing an album, but still, we are very thankful for the fans who supported us by buying CDs and t-shirts during these difficult times.
Music Bugle – What’s something you feel people should know about Before Sunday?
Nik Basis – Just that we “feel” what we’re doing and we love creating songs that people can relate to and make them part of their lives. Plus, that we have no limits musically, you might be surprised of our sound on the second album!
Music Bugle – What made you want to become a musician?
Stella Panteloudi – Singing was my passion since I remember myself! I used to love listening to Anastacia, Anouk and Pink as a kid and trying to sing like them. Singing was my way of expression and my “safety net” from a very young age. I knew that I wanted to do it professionally one day.
Nik Basis – I come from a family full of musicians, so I guess I had no choice! (Laughs) My father “introduced me” to bands like Pink Floyd, Sweet and Queen from a very young age, so playing the guitar came effortlessly. I started with an acoustic and jumped to electric very quickly. I started getting involved in bands since I was 16 and I did some piano and singing studies along the way. It’s a never-ending trip!
Music Bugle – What was the hardest song for you to write?
Nik Basis – Not sure if “hardest” is the right word. There are songs that are “flowing” more easily than others. From an emotional point of view, the harder song for me to compose was “Obsessions.” There were lots of feeling involved in this process. “Gone” was also a bit challenging for us to get the right “feeling” in the studio.
Stella Panteloudi – Definitely “Obsessions” was a hard song to sing. You have to be in a very specific emotional state in order to express the feelings that this song has to “get out.” “Gone” is also similar in terms of “catching” the right emotions during recording. I love both of them!
Music Bugle – What do you feel is still left for the band to accomplish?
Stella Panteloudi – We just released our debut album, so there are definitely many things we want to accomplish! Let’s start with a tour for promoting ‘Anticipation’ and the pre-production of our second! We still have tons of things we want to share with the world!