📷: Sugar Ponies
Do you ever come across a new artist or band and something about them just turns you into an instant fan??
For me that doesn’t happen often (I’m just a tad picky on my music!), But when it does it’s awesome!! I was on Twitter and this new duo had just followed me first their name got me hooked; I mean if a Twitter account follows you and it’s name is @SugarPonies you check it out and boy am I glad I did!!
The Sugar Ponies are an awesome up and coming Country/Pop/Rock band from the most unlikely place to find a Country/Pop/Rock band; San Francisco!! Yes, San Fran has other things besides sourdough bread bowls and awesome hippie’s!! And no one I know that lives in California actually calls it San Fran, odd but that’s a whole other story!
So once I fell in love with their name I just had to feature them in this week’s ∆Artist Spotlight∆!
Be sure to check them out you’ll regret it if you don’t!!
Q1. Okay so I’m in love with your name, how’d y’all come up with it?
Well, we were going to be the Pony Tail Girls, because Suzanne and another member of the band had pony tails, but then she left, so then we were going to be the Pony Girls, but that turned out to be a group of ladies very much unlike us (plus they owned all the good URLs), my friend suggested the Sugar Ponies and it sounded perfect!”
Q2. Being from Cali I know how country music has a strong but small fan base, how did you decide on country?
“The moment that Suzanne heard Randy Travis’s “1982”, she became a country music singer. That’s all it took. She’s probably covered 200 country songs, live. She absolutely LOVES country music!!! Also the first music that Michael started playing on guitar was Bluegrass!”
Q3. Who are some of your biggest influences?
“Patty Loveless, Alison Kraus, Lucinda Williams, Paul Simon, and then some you might not expect like XTC, Ella Fitzgerald, and The Who.”
Q4. How would you best describe your music?
“altPOPcountryFolkROCK That’s our tag line. But in English 🙂 … I’d say we write about love and relationships… emotions and challenges. Our songs are catchy and melodic… good driving and singing along songs!”
Q5. How do you get into the writing mood?
“We often pour a glass of pinot, put on some Barry White… oh wait, that’s not right. Honestly the muse tends to visit when we’re not trying too hard to write. But once we start, we approach it as a task that needs serious focus and completion.”
Q6. What’s been your favorite show you’ve done so far?
“That was probably our first show at the Rockwood Music Hall in NYC in February 2016. The room was packed with friends, family and fans. It’s so great to play to a room filled with love! Suzanne’s mom and dad were at that show, which made it the best ever!”
Q7. Besides country what other music do you like to sing?
“I love to sing jazz standards and pop music from the ‘70s!”
Q8. When did you know you wanted to make music?
“Suzanne: Since I can remember! I’ve been singing my whole life.
Michael started when he was a freshman in college.”
Q9. Life gets crazy especially in the music industry, what is your favorite thing to do on your days off?
“Relaxing! We love having free time when we can put the phone down, stop thinking about ToDo’s, spend time with family and friends. Michael likes BBQing and jamming with friends. Suz likes watching british detective dramas.”
Q10. We all have bad first jobs. What were your first jobs and were they awful?
“Suzanne: When I was 16 or so I worked at a one-off fast food restaurant called Aprils. It was awful. I always left work smelling like a french fry. I think I lasted one month there!
Michael: My first job after college was working as a video editor at a cable station. My first project was taking 50 hours of home made video taken by the owners of a large feedlot and editing it into training videos for butchers over a Thanksgiving day weekend. I didn’t eat meat for many months after that.”
Q11. What was the best advice you’ve ever gotten about your music?
“Start with your story, write it down, get it right, then turn it into lyrics. The story is the most important part. That’s what touches people. Keep it personal!”
Q12. How many instruments do you play and what are they?
“Suzanne: My voice, guitar, flute, and some percussion.
Michael: guitars, bass, mandolin, and a little bit of keyboards. And I love to play drums. I’m terrible, but I love playing them.”
Q13. Favorite place to eat in San Francisco?
“So many to choose from! Oh I know… there’s this awesome italian place up on Nob Hill called Venticello. It’s very cozy, european, and has awesome pasta!”
Q14. Besides music what else could you see yourselves doing for a living?
“I’m really into decorative cabinet knobs and was thinking of starting a blog called “Hobnobbing with the Knob Snob Blog” Michael used to do visual effect and would probably go back to doing that.”
Q15. Favorite venue to play?
“Bazaar Cafe in San Francisco, or if given the opportunity, Madison Square Garden in NYC.”
Q16. Favorite movie?
“Tootsie, Some Like It Hot, Murder on the Orient Express, My Fair Lady, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Annie Hall, Touch of Evil.”
Q17. If you could duet with anyone (living or passed) who would it be?
“Suzanne: Abraham Lincoln.”
Q18. What else does 2016 have in store for y’all?
“We just started working with New Artist Development at Gramophone Media. The have a lot of exciting opportunities in store for us, including a super cool event happening in November in NYC. We’re going to be part of the WFUV series On Your Radar at the Rockwood Music Hall stage 3 on November 15th!
We’ll be announcing more stuff via social media as it unfolds.”
Be sure to check out their website and social media:
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You can also check out other interviews that they’ve done: