Gee Sunray has written Recession blues, Leeds Life and E.L.O, his favorite band. He has most recently performed at The Bier Keller Leeds, Observatory Leeds, Hyde Park Festival, Rodley Beer Festival, The Chemic, the Grove, The Wren Leeds
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound? Rock/pop. My music ranges from Jazz, rock, Pop and Ballads
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
I have a usual name what most people can't pronounce - Gurdev. For years White people had a problem pronouncing my name. They used call Girder - Then RSJ Construction term for a Rolled Steel Joist.or gurker cos I used wear a Army jacket
Anyway one day I thought for simplicity I will use the first initial for my name which is a G. Then I put ee to make Gee. Sunray comes from my believe. I don't believe in religion because they all don't get on and fight each other. I always believed in the sun. Because it shines for everybody and thing in our world. Therefore putting the two together you get Gee Sunray.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
My biggest influences have been E.L.O. I even wrote an album about them called E.L.O my favorite band. I wrote a song called the bands come into town. A song for Jeff Lynne, Hey Mr Jeff Lynne and I got my E.L.O tickets.
I also like Elvis, Roy Orbison, Robbie Williams, Lou Reed Freddie Mercury, Donna Summers Status Quo, Stranglers, Queen, Les Enfants and Trance music. Specially when I am driving my car. I tried working a few trance tunes on my guitar like Until I come, Binary Finary 1998
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
Nothing at the moment. The last song I wrote was Maastricht. I live there for a few months. However I never recorded it on a recording track machine just on my mobile phone. You have a listen to it on youtube. I don't have recording software anymore. Where I used record at Ginos M.S.B Studio Neighbour complained about the noise.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
I love to play in a festival . To be signed by a label and record all those songs I play. I love to play them LIVE Live is when I GET EXCITED !!!! I love to play a big concert arena or football ground.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
Leeds Life. Is a song I wrote when I was street performing or Busking as they call it in U.K . I saw all the people go in the clubs and pubs. The best cover is E.L.O Calling America or Don't Bring down.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
As Asian artist there a lot of bad press about Asians - illegal Immigration, Terrorism, Sex Gangs etc. This has a negative mindset on the population in our society.
Therefore it almost impossible to get paid gigs like birthday parties, or conference or even festivals. It's quite bad out there, discrimination is rife.
I have even been refused on diversity festivals stating I am NOT ASIAN !!! in Britain.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
Sometimes when playing my guitar or even when I am working or walking a tune will come into my bed. I will record that tune or melody then when I come home I will work on it. Then this simple tune will come into a song. Then I would records it and add other instruments like piano, Bass, vocals etc. Then I would play it live on an Open Mic Night.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Social media made it for people from all over the world to listen to my music. This was not possible 20 years ago. Now people from Europe, America, Asia, Africa can quite easier to listen to my musik.. Social media has made us more closer together.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Choo Choo train is a goods one. People Like dance to it. I'm sure this will be global number 1 hit. If given the chance. Leeds Life is a up beat rock song. No one like you is another rock sexy song. I love you is one my first songs I wrote on my guitar. There lots there on the playlist have listen and download them. There less than a dollar.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I used to be a very very, very serious road runner. I used train every day normally running 4 or 6 miles every night. I used to run half marathon or even Marathons. I was getting quite successful at one point. May be even ran for Britain.
Then I bumped into some guys who play rock music and decided this is want I wanted to do.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
You have to like or love music first. Don't think you be a star just because you buy a guitar or keyboard. If you love music then it's a lot easier to learn. To learn the craft can takes years. I am still learning lots about music now. It's never ending process. Because you love doing it it's enjoyable education. Even if you don't make it as a star it something you like to do as a hobby.
To be successfully you need to have thousands of fans who are willing to buy your music and come to your gigs. If you hit the 1000 or even 100 fan bases. which I find hard because way thing are. Then you may get invite buy the radio station or a label. But as they say " It's a long way to go if you want to Rock n Roll "
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
I would make it more fairer for Asians to be featured in concerts, labels and even on T.V. Which you sadly don't see today. The music Industry is predominant Black & White trade.
There are few Asians who made it into the Music Industry . I can count them on my fingers- GangNam style, Corner Shop, Apache Indian, One Direction Zayn Hussein Malik and Peter Starsted. Even Michael Jackson forgot to put Asian people on stage. On his song "We are the world".
Asians are not represented fairly even on this age and time (2018). And they away swept under the carpet unless you raise the issues. Then people go into denial don't acknowledge the problem.
In the early days our parents used to not back us up to go in a sport and musical career. Now Our or most of our parent don't mind that career longs as you can pay your rent and bills Now the Problem is definitely the Industry the Manager and the promoters are reluctant to sign Asian artist. This the main problem for fairness in the music Industry.
As a Music Executive I would definite sign more Asian artist or even encourage Asian to enter the Industry. Just same way the government trying to get Asian in the Police force and army. The same way it's not rocket science.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
Well the original is the first form. Some time if you can improve or make it better why not make it better?
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
All I would say - give me that chance to listen to. If out like my music, simply download it. It's less than dollar or pound like it share it with all your friends & family and make my dream come true to be Asian Rock star !!!!! Choo Choo Train !!!!
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