SUNLIGHT (for THE GRINDER)

(THE GRINDER)

Please tell us about the history of your band and its members
Sunlight is a Heavy/Power Metal band from Athens, Greece that was founded at the end of 2009. In their early times Sunlight introduced themselves as a purely hard rock band. After some short period of successive line-up changes, the band shifted to a more heavy metal style, often incorporating elements of typical power metal. At present, the line-up consists of Dimitris Giannakopoulos (vocals), Makis Kaponis (guitars and backing vocals), Panos Anastopoulos (keyboards), Dimitris Kapoukakis (drums) and Panos Mourtzinos (bass guitar and backing vocals). We have released “Rockin’ All Around” – (EP 2011), “My Own Truth” – (Album 2015) and now we record our new album. The band’s activity has been rich over the last years, including live performances in well-known rock clubs of Greece, open-air annual festivals and three European tours.

What’s the origin of the band’s name?
All the bandmembers from the first line-up we lived in a region called "Ilioupoli", that means Sun City. So, we decided the name "Sunlight"

Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We live in Athens, Greece, a place full of great metal bands. It’s difficult for greek bands to promote their music abroad and make a name for themselves due to financial conditions. A few of them are really successful worldwide (Firewind, Rotting Christ, Septic Flesh, Innerwish etc.), though. We also recommend Mistful, Deified, Rusty Bonez, Silked & Stained, great bands and good friends.

How would you describe your style?
We play Melodic Heavy metal! We have many influences from different bands. We like Hard Rock bands such as Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Europe, Bon Jovi etc. and many Heavy Metal/Power bands such as Iron Maiden, Queensryche, Judas Priest, Helloween, Stratovarius, Avantasia and many more. So, we try to combine, if it’s possible, these styles in our music to create nice melodies, with heavy riffs.

What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?
As we said earlier, we have already released one EP (“Rockin’ All Around”) and one full length album (“My Own Truth”). First of all we would like our fans to know that it is a great pleasure for us to play and compose our music, we want to make them able to feel that! Also, it is very important for us that everyone who listen to our music keeps something and do not hear just a simple riff which will be forgotten in any minute. To avoid this we try to use melody in our songs and we like melodic choruses.

Do you have any music in the works?
We have finished our new compositions and we are in the studio to record our new album. We will announce more details in the next months.

How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?
It's a great feeling! Last December we visited Serbia and Bulgaria. We felt like home. You know, we have played live in many european countries (Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Ukraine, Belgium etc.) and we like the way people approach us and they want us to visit hometown again. We increased our fanbase but the most important for us is we made new friends. We are concentrating on our recordings for now.

What plans do you have for the future as a band?
We would like to release our new album in 2019 and tour as many countries as possible in order to promote our work and of course to meet our fans and friends.

Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
You can find it in many webstores or directly from our website. Check some links below:
Website: http://www.sunlightband.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SunlightTheBand/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sunlightbandofficial/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2WXoVnLBVx0OQ7mIOd005B
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SunlightTheBand
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/SunlightTheBand
Reverbnation: https://www.reverbnation.com/sunlighttheband

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