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Best of the Listening Room | Meet Easy Wanderlings

Best of the Listening Room | Meet Easy Wanderlings
ArtistsMay 5, 2021

Our Best of the Listening Room series highlights standout performances that have blown away audiences around the world. Find the videos on our YouTube channel and learn more about the artists, their work, and their music journey, here on the Sofar blog. This week we spoke to Sany from Easy Wanderlings, who have wowed audiences in the listening room and in-person shows around the world. Learn more about their music and the many ways they've been keeping busy since the start of the pandemic!

Can you name a moment that you realized how important music is to you? How did that moment shape your transition into a music career?

Music has been a close companion as well as a passion throughout my life, but I never imagined, up until now, it would also become my occupation. Since a young age, I enjoyed conjuring melodies in my mind. During my college years, I’d spend numerous after-class hours researching and discovering music from around the world. I’d go watch live bands perform almost three days a week. I discovered a whole new thrill on one fine sunny day in San Francisco when I wrote my first song. I had no idea if it was good, but it felt darn good singing what I wrote and that’s when I realized that I can compose melodies quite effortlessly. Since then, the right people came into my life at the right time and before I knew it we had a band and were touring.

Are there any specific albums that have had a big influence on your music career and style?

Home again- Michael Kiwanuka

Kings of convenience - Declaration of Dependence

Eagles – Their Greatest Hits

Leon Bridges – Good thing

Jose Gonzales – In our nature

John Mayer – Search for everything

What are you working on right now?

We are working on a five track EP called “Caught in a Parade”, scheduled to release in August 2021. A single from the EP, “Enemy,” will be released on May 8th. It is a very interesting project, personally as well as for the band in the sense that it incorporates the “new normal” elements such as the online way of existence. This is our 3rd release, after the debut EP, “As Written in the Stars”, which was followed by the single, “My Place to You”.

Dream collaboration and why?

Micheal Kiwanuka – We deeply admire and enjoy his soulful and warm songwriting. It’s simple, personal yet relatable by anyone, and timeless. The more I listen to his music and interviews it almost feels like we have a lot in common and if we were to ever meet in person, or maybe even online remotely, we will just get along quite well and maybe even come up with a song!

Also John Mayer because of how smart a musician he is. He understands his wide audience and how to tastefully bring together elements of blues, country, and rock n roll to them.

How has your music career changed since the start of COVID-19?

We had a bittersweet pandemic experience. Just before the pandemic hit in 2020, the band was excited for their first international performance in the US at the SXSW Festival in Austin followed by a series of small, intimate gigs (some of which included Sofar sessions) in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. A week prior to our leaving for the tour, unfortunately, the festival was canceled for safety reasons, which resulted in the band having to cancel the entire tour. This was disappointing as it felt like the band lost out on a big opportunity to network and grow.

However, since performing music for a live audience has come to stand still, the band members have had to explore various other avenues to make ends meet. In some ways, new and unexpected opportunities came our way, for example conducting online classes and workshops, composing music remotely for commercials, and virtual musical collaborations. This has also given us time to work on new music, some of which will be on the upcoming EP.

If you could play a Sofar show anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would you want it to be?

London! Because of its rich musical and cultural diversity. Also, there’s nothing like performing in the city where Sofar was founded. We haven’t been to the UK yet and we have a feeling that our music would be well received by the audience there.

Name a favorite show you’ve been to and a favorite show you’ve played.

U2’s performance in Bombay in 2019 part of the Joshua Tree tour.

Favorite show we played — NH7 Weekender 2019 in Pune, India.

Discover more independent artists like Easy wanderlings on our YouTube channel and performing live in the listening room every week.