Recently, I was granted the unbelievable privilege to interview Christo Bowman, lead vocals of the California based band, Bad Suns. As a fan and aspiring music journalist, this opportunity was one of a kind and I’m so grateful. Huge thank you to Christo, the rest of the band (Miles Morris, Gavin Bennett, and Ray Libby), and their manager, Stephen Ling, who graciously made this all possible. Please enjoy!
Q: Regarding your upcoming tour with Halsey, are you planning on releasing new music beforehand or premiering any on stage?
A: Yes! We look forward to playing some new music on the road this summer.
Q: What factors contribute to creating the setlist for a tour?
A: For the past two years, we’ve really only had 12 songs to choose from. At our headline shows, we play all that we have. Even with those limitations, we try and shake it up as much as we can from tour to tour. Often, this involves playing alternate versions of different tracks from the album.
Q: What is your favorite song to perform live? Is there a song you wish you did?
A: “Sleep Paralysis” is fun for me, because that’s generally my moment to get off stage and interact with the audience more personally. I love getting to do that every night. It always feels special.
Q: What should fans expect from your upcoming album, and how will it differ from Language and Perspective?
A: I don’t want to say too much too soon. We’re the same band we’ve been, but we’ve grown up quite a bit since we made ‘L&P’.
Q: How do you balance touring, songwriting, and maintaining a social life outside of work?
A: It’s not always easy. We finished two years of touring the first album in November, and we immediately got back to work on album 2, and have been clocking in 10 hour days, 6 days a week, since then, pretty much. I’ve been home for 5 months now, and I’ve only seen my friends, outside of the band, a handful of times. That’s been different. Home has changed since we left it. It’s a bit extreme, but we get to do what we love so it’s hard to complain.
Q: Do you have any artists or albums that influenced you to pursue music from a young age?
A: Countless! The Strokes ‘Is This It’ and Bloc Party’s ‘Silent Alarm’ were both very important albums for this band in our formative years. They never get old.
Q: Do you have any current favorite artists or albums?
A: I’ve been enjoying the new Porches album, ‘Pool’. Kurt Vile put out a wonderful record this past fall called ‘b’lieve i’m goin down’.
Q: If you could tour with any artist of your choice, who would it be?
A: This is always tough. I think I’m gonna have to go with Phoenix. I’ve still never seen them live and they’re one of my favorite bands of the new millennium.
Q: What’s your favorite venue that you’ve played to date?
A: On our last tour with The Neighbourhood and Hunny, we played a venue called Metropolis in Montreal. It was our first time there and it was so incredible. The venue was beautiful and the crowd was magical. All the bands had a common green room so, naturally, there was a tournament-style guitar-shred-off. In an unforeseeable turn of events, Brandon Fried (drummer of The Neighborhood) was the night’s champion.
Q: What’s your most unique fan experience?
A: One night in 2014, on tour in Calgary, I was talking with some fans after the show. The following week, we were set to play a small festival with our tour mates The 1975, as well as Bastille. One of the fans I was speaking with knew this, handed me a ring, and politely asked if I would deliver it to Dan, the singer of Bastille. I promised that I would, and for some reason, I was committed to making this happen. I held on to that ring for an entire week on tour and then ultimately ended up talking to Bastille Dan at the gig in Florida, explained the situation to him, and gave him the ring. He graciously accepted the gift. I don’t remember the name of the woman who sent me on my quest, and she will most likely never find out that I was true to my word, but I was.