This is an excerpt from Sir Sly’s feature in Issue 18 by Alyssa Buzzello and Kristen Humphries :
“I don’t know why you would make music if you didn’t really love it.”
To turn your soul into art, to expose your deepest vulnerabilities and to do it on a stage with an infectious energy — you need to love it. And the eclectic alt-pop trio Sir Sly is the perfect example of loving it. Every single bit of it.
Comprised of Landon Jacobs (vocals), Hayden Coplen (drums), and Jason Suwito (keyboard), Sir Sly was an organic emergence. Having met at church when they were fifteen, Jacobs and Coplen grew up playing music together in various projects. Suwito was making his own music at the time and joined the duo when he learned to produce. The Sir Sly story began when the three came together and realized this was all they wanted to be doing.
“We were all tired out on the things we were doing creatively,” Jacobs admitted. “In that year of writing together, we realized we wanted to keep on writing.” It’s this genuine and natural unity that becomes a necessity for the success and longevity of a band. Creative blocks are common, but if you’re asking yourself why something isn’t working, that frustration can signal something negative. “It’s hard to watch friends make music and you can tell there’s an unsettling kind of feeling,” Coplen said. “You love music, but you feel like you’re banging your head against the wall in some ways.” Both Jacobs and Coplen agree this lack of frustration (and banging of heads against walls) is how they knew Sir Sly was onto something greater.
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