Sunday Spotlight: Transient Suns

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1. Hello! Who are you, where are you from and all that good stuff.

We are Transient Suns, from Edinburgh and there’s only two of us.

2. Tell us a bit about the music you make.

We don’t really know how to describe it! However, it has been compared to Radiohead’s ‘Kid A’ sound. It’s synth-driven, with solid drums and atmospheric vocals and guitar.

There is a fair bit going on and only two of us to physically play it so it can sometimes be a real challenge. There’s only so many arms and legs a human can utilise but we do like to push ourselves to the limit.


3. When did you start and what made you want to start making music?

Both of us have worked together in various bands for over 20 years. Crazy to think it’s been that long! Over such a long period of time, we’ve built up what can only be described as a kind of telepathic understanding of what the other is doing musically.

We started making music because we had to. There was no option not to make music, as the alternative was too mundane to even think about!

4. Stage or studio?

Difficult to answer, as both have different functions. Studio is where we form the seeds of what will eventually flower on stage. If we had to choose, it would be stage, as we have the opportunity to communicate with an audience and begin to understand what we have created in the studio.


5. What gear do you use to make your tunes?

We use a mixture of live instruments. Guitar-wise we use a Fender Jazzmaster (has a great cutting tone when needed), a Gibson Les Paul Special (for a full-bodied tone and great sustain), a Fender Deville 4×10 combo and various effects pedals (Electro Harmonix/Strymon/Pigtronix, etc.)

On the bass front we use a Fender Jazz American Vintage 1975 Reissue, a Gallien Krueger 2001RB amp and 410RBH cabinet. We really like the combination of the classic Fender tone and the Gallien Krueger growl.

On the synth front we’ve got a Korg MS-20, a Dreadbox Erebus, Dreadbox Nyx, Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms SV-1 Blackbox.

We use a Roland SPD SX for triggering loops, samples and percussive sounds. And Logic Pro X, with a host of softsynths by Arturia, Xils Lab and GForce, as well as some added effects plugins where needed.  Arturia Beatstep Pro and Keylab 25 for triggering sequences and playing live synth lines.

The technical side of it, trying to get it to all work together, can be a real head-scratcher at times!

6. And what is your choice bit of gear and why?

Korg MS-20 for its amazing growl and the Roland SPD SX, as it opens up a lot of options for us.

7. Where can we check out your tunes?

We released our follow-up EP ‘Sun Two’ in December. Have a listen here on our bandcamp page.

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