Interview – Nero Simon And The Sunsetters

I recently featured the song Forever by Nero Simon And The Sunsetters in a round-up review I did of songs with elements of folk music in it. I loved the track so decided to have a chat with Nero Simon himself to find out more about him and his music – read on below for more.

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a new single titled Forever. What can you tell us about the track and where can it be purchased? Have you got any plans to release a full length album/EP anytime soon?

Forever was recently released on Soundcloud only, as an advanced preview for our upcoming album, which will be our first. It’s gotten a great response so far and we are very appreciative of everyone who’s listened, commented, shared it and reached out to us. The full-length album will be coming out in March.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

I get an idea for a song and it swims around in my head for a little while. Sometimes the process is slow at first, but if the idea is a good one it suddenly takes hold of me and won’t let go. At that point the idea becomes completely immersive and the words and music will start to pour out of me and I have a finished song in a couple of days, sometimes just a few hours. All of our music is produced by myself, so a finished song can be recorded quickly, depending on when the singers and musicians are ready to record.

Do you plan to release any more singles at any point in the near future?

Yes, the next single is titled Treasure Chest and will be released in January.

You’ve moved quite a lot during your life. Do you think this has influenced you as an artist?

Definitely, but what has influenced my music the most is my time spent in Florida, near the beaches, Miami and especially the Keys.

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

Bob Marley is always on my playlist. So is Frank Sinatra, and Waylon Jennings. The Sunsetters’ music though is influenced heavily by a lot of the soft rock or California-style folk rock from the 70s and 80s. That is our happy place.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

Not at all, in fact it has enabled me to focus more on songwriting and recording. We have our own studio setup so I don’t need to rely on a studio or outside engineers to record a song.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

We are an eight piece unit and have started to schedule dates to support the album, look for live shows beginning in March 2022.

What can people expect from one of your gigs and why do you think people should come and see you perform live?

I think people can expect to just get away from it all for a few hours and enjoy music that soothes the soul and at the same time gets you to dance. We have a lot of fun playing the music and we want people to have a lot of fun when they come to see us. It’s about really enjoying yourself in a fun, chill atmosphere with music that warms the heart.

Any last words for the fans?

Just a heartfelt thank you for listening to our music, we deeply appreciate all the fan support.