In our latest Band Spotlight, we chat to alternative rockers, Sector 9 about their music, and inspirations.
S] What inspires you sound?
A combination of childhood bands and music icons inspire our sound. We are 90s kids, back when songs had a lot more meaning than now. We grew up to sounds of Nirvana, Metallica, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam and Radio Head to name a few. And until today we still believe that era was the best time in rock music history, we get our inspiration for the old bands that broke apart and no longer exist as well as the ones still rocking the scene today.
S] What challenges do you face as a band?
Our biggest challenge now that we’ve released our first full album ‘Something New’ is touring. Coming out from the Middle East as a Rock group is not easy, there are limited venues and events in this area of the world and that is very limiting for a band. At the same time, trying to get booked abroad is a challenge as booking agents are more interested in booking bands that make more logistical sense. To try and overcome that, we are very active online and are always working to spread our music worldwide through the web. This has resulted in a lot of opportunities as our songs are now playing on a number of Radios worldwide, and we’ve recently been getting media attention such as this opportunity with Sound Sphere right now.
S] What motivates you outside of music?
The four of us are Lebanese and have lived most of our lives here in Lebanon. We’ve been through the civil war as children and teenagers, it wasn’t easy for any of us, but it made us strong (and stubborn) individuals. Today, as our country is seeing a historical revolution against the current currupt regime we can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that our motivation comes from our quest for a better world and a better life for ourselves, our country, and our future kids.
S] How do you define success as a band?
Our songs are very political and religious in many parts. We are always making a point or shining a light to some issue. As long as we can write and record songs that transfer our ideas and inspire others then we know we’ve succeeded.