Posted On 18 Jul 2017
SIR is a Denver-based band with sexy-emotional-rock-pop vibes and a dynamic sound that is unparalleled. Featured three years in a row during Austin’s South by Southwest, they landed a headlining gig at the historic Red Rocks Amphitheater. They then released their first music video (Directed by Drai Lloyd Films) which was invited to join the “Best Music Video” category at the Starz Film Festival, in company with MGMT and Nine Inch Nails.
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Learn more about SIR in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time! Where does this interview find the band today? Is there music playing in the background? What music do you all like to listen to when you are relaxing or answering interview questions?
All Access! Thanks for having us! We are spread out across the globe right now- Sarah is in Paris, Luke is in Madrid, and Kim is holding down the fort in Denver. About music… we are in love with all of it! We listen to Spotify often and love finding new tunes. Right now Russ is our interview soundtrack.
How does 2017 so far compare to last year? Did you all approach this year differently then you did 2016?
We’ve walked into 2017 with a lot of hope. Last year was beautiful and difficult all at once. Luke’s fiancee passed away after a long battle with cancer. We lost a close friend a few months later. Through all of the heart break though, we leaned on each other and pushed deeper into the music. We lived in LA for two months and recorded an album. Last year was all about loss, pain, and creating beautiful things despite that – this year is all about gaining momentum and getting our music out to the world.
Growing up, did you all always want to be musicians? Can you recall the moment you realized that you could really make music together and be a band? Why do you think your name truly represents this group and the music that you create?
I don’t think there was ever any doubt for any of us about wanting to be musicians. We have been so lucky to have found each other. We hear music the same way, speak the same musical language, and actually love spending time together! The exact moment that we became SIR was in a bar, naturally. We had lost a band mate, lost recordings, and felt like we were back to square one. That was the moment we truly became a team. SIR felt like a perfect name. A strong and masculine name for a female fronted band.
I always like to ask artists how their hometown has been an influence on the kind of music they make and really what kind of a band they are today. So how has being based in Denver influenced you all?
Denver is amazing! There are endless shows to go to. Any artist that you’d want to see comes to Denver. The rock and EDM scene has definitely influenced us, and we try our best to stay plugged in to whats going on locally.
What was it like making your very first music video? How creatively involved were you all with creating it? Were you surprised at all when it was invited to join the “Best Music Video” category at the Starz Film Festival?
It was so fun, and very, very dirty. Not the good kind of dirty. We try to stay as creatively involved as we can with everything we do, but having a director with a vision is what makes it all happen! We have always just felt grateful and humbled when people like what we’ve put our heart into.
I’d love to know more about your incredible headlining gig at the historic Red Rocks Amphitheater? What was that like for you all?!
Mind blowing! Red Rocks is such an awesome place. It was honestly kind of a blur! We had a great show and had so much support- we felt the love. There is a tunnel that runs from the stage to the sound booth, and everyone that’s ever played there has signed the walls. It was rad to be a part of that. Oh, and Kim tripped while walking on to the stage!
What was the inspiration for your first single, “Go”? When do you hope to release more new music and an EP or full-length album of new songs?
“Go” was written right after coming home from Wakarusa- a music festival in the Ozarks. We were out there with a group of 25 close friends, staying up all night watching bands, camping in the miserable heat, and swimming in a river during the day. This song was all about letting go of the things in life that are colorless, empty, and stressful, and instead loving the people around you. As far as new music- we’ll be announcing the release date for our new single “So Cold” very soon and we are so excited! We have a new music video that we are really proud of to go along with it. Shortly after that, we’ll be releasing the album.
What are your plans for this summer? Any tour dates scheduled so far? What do you think makes a perfect show for SIR? Can you recall a favorite show in the past?
This summer our focus is pushing the new single and playing shows in Colorado, then we’ll be out on the road for all of October and November. If you see our name out there, come out… and please say hi! We love meeting people across the country. A perfect show… well, lots of people and a nice venue helps, but really the most meaningful shows are when we are really feeling what we are singing about, and when we feel the crowd connected to that as well.
Who are some of your favorite artists? Who would you all to work with in the future? What would be a dream collaboration for this band?
We have a band crush on Phantogram. If we are on their radar at all they are probably creeped out by now. That would be a dream collaboration, as well as with Matt Corby, Foo Fighters, or Lorde. I mean, honestly we could probably go on for a while because our dreams are BIG!
What do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope people continue to take away from your songs?
Good music moves you. It doesn’t matter what emotion it evokes, as long as it makes you feel something… And thats what we want. We just want people to feel something. Or all of the things.
What advice would you give to a band just getting started? Or even to someone young that is thinking of becoming a musician one day?
Being a musician is not an impossible career choice. If that’s what is in your heart, don’t give up! Treat it as your business, but enjoy every step along the way. And for God’s sake start rehearsing to a metronome right meow!
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourself or your music?
You guys are what make bands succeed. Every like, follow, and subscription means something, and helps more than you know. Come say hi when we are in your city! We need you. @thesirband is where you’ll find us!