Canadian trio, Beyond the Sun, shares their excitement over the release of their debut country single “Cruisin’ Round Town.” They talk about their plans for 2017 and who they are dying to work with! While the Canadian bred band may be new to the country world, given their talent and confidence, it’s not a question of “if,” it’s more a question of “how soon” they will break through the country music scene. Check out our interview with the three tight-knit brothers, singer Colin, guitarist Phil, and drummer Dalton Radu below!
Good Afternoon! Thank you so much for talking with Battered and Brewed! Talk to us about your debut country single “Cruisin’ Round Town.”
Colin-“Cruisin’ Round Town” was one of the songs that was written very quickly. Pretty much the whole thing was finished in 15 mins. It’s a love song about driving through the back roads of your hometown with the one you love. We’re extremely proud of it and we’re happy to finally share it with everyone.
Are you mainly inspired by what happens around you for your songs?
Dalton- Sometimes. Inspiration for our songs can come from anywhere. We’re big tv/movie people so even something we see on a show can spark the idea for a song, then you take it from there and kinda build your own storyline.
How long have you been honing your craft as a singer/songwriter?
Phil- We’ve been a band for 15 years. But I’d say since 2006 when I took my first Berklee online class for songwriting. I really started focusing on writing songs/lyrics that people can relate to. The highest reward I find as a songwriter is when someone says your lyrics/song helped them or it was what they needed to say but didn’t know how.
Who are you dying to work with?
Colin- Billy Currington. We have a song that we’d love to have him sing on.
What other hobbies do you enjoy when you need to unwind on the road?
Colin- Finding new Netflix series to binge on, and sports.
If we turned on your iPod/music device, what would be playing?
Dalton- Probably Lorde at the moment.
Colin- Mine would be Luke Combs.
Phil- Harry Styles.
What is it that you love about making music?
Colin- The creative process behind it. Being able to tell stories and connecting with your listeners through them.
Now for the fun food questions: How does Ontario food scene differ from Nashville? Which do you prefer?
Dalton- “BBQ” in Ontario is like hotdogs & hamburgers and its a little different down here haha. I love fried chicken so Nashville is my type of city.
Who is the bigger foodie in the band?
Phil- I’d say we’re all equally big foodies. We love to see a city by finding the best local restaurants.
Who gets to decide where you eat on the road?
Colin- Whoever is driving at that moment.
Would you rather only eat barbecue ribs for a year, or tell a barbecue pitmaster that his ribs sucked once?
Phil- I’d eat ribs for a year.
Dalton & Colin- I’d tell him they sucked.
Do you fold your pizza or eat it straight on? Ranch or no ranch?
Colin- No ranch. And straight on.
Dalton- I fold it. And if I can I’ll use BBQ sauce as a dip.
Phil- Straight on with creamy garlic dip.
If I was a bartender, what would you order?
Phil- An old fashioned.
What’s your favorite cooking show?
Phil- Masterchef. Pretty much anything with Gordon Ramsay.
Have you ever eaten two meals at the same restaurant in the same day?
Colin- Oh yeah. When we were in the studio working on “Cruisin’ Round Town” we’d have McDonalds for Breakfast, Lunch and sometimes Dinner.
Finally for Battered and Brewed, If you could eat or have a drink with one person, who would it be and what would you have?
Phil – Howard Stern: Nobu
Dalton – Jack Antonoff: Probably grab some Thai food.
Colin – Sylvester Stallone: Steak dinner with a glass of wine; or whatever Rocky wants.
Beyond the Sun
While Canadian bred band Beyond the Sun may be new to the country scene, they are far from strangers to the musical spotlight. Made up of three tight-knit brothers, the group of singer Colin, guitarist Phil and drummer Dalton Radu grew up in the small town of Bowmanville, Ontario. It all started with plastic guitars and living room concerts for their parents at the ages of 6, 8 and 11. Little did the three know at the time that just over a decade later they would be hearing themselves on Sirius XM radio and performing for a 7,000 person sold-out crowd at Puerto Rico’s Wild Summer Festival. With traces of their influences – which include artists like Coldplay, Billy Currington, Bruce Springsteen and Florida Georgia Line – threaded into each one of their songs, their sound is a progressive mix that is putting them on the heels of acts like Chris Lane and Ryan Follese. Now, the trio has relocated to Nashville, Tenn. where they are celebrating the upcoming release of their new single, “Cruisin’ Round Town,” a head-bobbing country anthem hitting radio airwaves this summer.
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