"Getsunova" is the name our singer came up with. There's no real meaning to it. It is a made-up word, and we all think it's very cool. People have been trying to decipher what it means, for example, "getsu" means moon in Japanese and maybe "nova" comes from supernova. However, we are very glad we got this name because as it's never been used before, our band always comes up first when searched in Google or YouTube [laughs].
HOW DID YOU GUYS MEET?
First it was just the singer and the guitarist, Name and Natee, playing together in England. I got to know Natee because he's a relative of my friend and when I moved to England when I was 15, Natee asked me to join them. Then we got more serious and wanted to have a full band, so I asked the drummer from my old band Prite to play together.
WHAT IS YOUR STYLE OF MUSIC?
Now, we call our style of music "experimental pop". At first, we started off with electronic rock and pop but lately, it seems like everyone is trying to do electronic stuff so we're trying to move away from that. We still use those synthesizing sounds but we try to find and use more new and strange musical instruments like an autoharp, for example.
HOW IS YOUR BAND DIFFERENT FROM OTHERS?
Our style of music is, of course, different. So is our dressing style. We try to find something unique to add to our outfits, like wearing a scarf over our face or wearing socks high up towards the knees. But most importantly, we pay much attention to our lyrics. We're telling the same stories, using the same plot as other bands, but we are trying to tell them in a new and different way.
TELL US ABOUT THIS ALBUM.
We have produced quite a few singles before, but this time it is so different. Before this, when we were still studying abroad, there was so little time to work. We had to rush everything - the producing, the recording and the promoting. We had to get it all done quickly and go back to school. For this album, we're all back in Thailand and had a chance to sit down and really talk and discuss what we wanted to do. As for the songs, we try to play more with words, like coming up with rather perplexing song titles like "Klai Kae Nhai Kue Klai" (How Far It Is to Be Near?) to catch the audience's attention and then explain the meaning through the lyrics in the song.
WHAT ARE YOUR SONGS USUALLY ABOUT?
They're about love, of course. But it's more about the way we tell the stories. We're not telling anything directly like "Oh, I love you", "Oh, I miss you", or "Oh, I'm broken because you left me". In one album, we're trying to cover as many aspects of love as possible.
HOW HAS THE FEEDBACK BEEN?
It has been great for our first single. Maybe it's because it's a slow song, so it's easy to understand. Quite a lot of people have heard it, and there are a lot of views on YouTube, so we are more confident. Our song has been covered by fans quite a lot, and then put on YouTube. There's even a cover version translated and done in Cambodian language. We are very impressed!
WHAT'S THE BAND'S GOAL?
Because our older songs are not so mainstream, quite heavy and electronic-inclined, this time we intended to reach a wider audience while at the same time keep our old fan base entertained. We are hoping that the fans will not only enjoy the cool and indie music, but also simply the good songs; songs that are easy to understand and that people can sing along to.
THE BAND'S STYLE IS VINTAGE. IS FASHION IMPORTANT TO YOUR IMAGE?
We have observed that people are quite into vintage fashion lately, like from the 70s or 80s. But since we wanted to go vintage too, we thought 'Why not go beyond that, like back to the 20s?', with socks high up, or something like that. As for fashion and music, I don't think they have to go together, we just have fun dressing. I think one of the perks of being an artist is we get to dress differently but aren't considered inappropriate.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE THAI MUSIC INDUSTRY?
I think it's getting better and better. The music scene here is more open, with a lot of small music labels and lots of off-stream music and artists. It's great for the audience.G
Describing his band’s style of music as "experimental pop", Pranoth "Noth" Khunpresert is the guitarist, synthesizer and songwriter of band Getsunova (facebook.com/thegetsunova). After releasing a few singles over the years and finishing their studies, the group recently released their first single "Klai Kae Nhai Kue Klai" (How Far It Is to Be Near?).
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