Hailing from the West Coast, Jonah Sun is this great manifestation of creative juices and great performing talent. His real name is Andrew Solis, and the name Jonah Sun is biblically based and partially an old sailor’s tale which also combines with the fact that his last name translates to “sun” or “of the sun.”
To describe Jonah Sun we have to talk about the “One Man Band,” which is normally thought as the clunky man dressed up in a parade or on city streets with a big bass drum strapped to his back, a trumpet and harmonica right next to his face, small cymbals at the knees and an accordion or guitar at his arms with an array of other things all over him. That age of “one man bands” has fallen to the side years ago, but once again people can do everything a whole band does on their own. Jonah Sun is one of these impressive people. With various keyboards, samples and other things, he creates a full band experience with just his two hands and voice.
Just like TOW3RS and Jack Garrett, Jonah Sun is bringing this new genre and way of playing into mainstream music. He makes some fantastically orchestrated and well timed blends of music for being just one man. At first, I was expecting to see him play off his Mac Book, just pressing play and adding effects here and there for a live show. But oh no, he does all of it on the spot like any other band member. I was seriously impressed with his ability to play his recorded music so seamlessly at a live show.
His music is a soft electronic space spectrum of sound. It has a wonderful way of bringing this beautiful feeling of floating away to the stars without leaving your seat. But along with a great handle of synth effects and a good talent for multitasking various instruments at once, his voice is the perfect laid back punk.
Rarely shrill or annoying, his voice brings out the inner punk rock that we all have deep within us. With songs like “From Your Head” (or “In Your Head” as it is named on his album) and “Going Up,” he has this interesting way of connecting to the listener in a straight channel from ears to heart.
For those who need that extra bit of punk with a strong twist of house/electronica music, Jonah Sun is your new guy.