BTD Interviews Sunshyne P
Written by Matt Zin on May 27, 2023
BTD Interviews Sunshyne P
Hello Sunshyne P! I am so eager to talk with you! Welcome to BTD!
What would you say inspired you to pursue a career in music?
Music has always been an escape for me. I started out writing poems and was always singing! I sang in choirs, choruses, groups, jazz bands, I even sang in the Army chorus. I remember singing background for a couple of artists and being told that my voice was powerful and needed to be upfront. I remember watching MTV, Soul Train, even the artists that used to perform on the late night shows back in the day and feeling as though it was attainable for me because I had a passion for singing.
I was reading that you are a Trinidadian and Honduran native. That’s so very interesting! How do you balance your multicultural background and your reggae style?
Here’s one of those very common interview questions but it’s creditable because it allows us to see who influenced you. I think we all have some influences that have helped mold us into who we are today. So, can you guess the question I am going to ask? LOL. Here goes… Who are some of your musical influences or role models?
As you are moving through your wonderful world of creating music, what are some of your goals or aspirations as a musician?
My goal is to inspire anyone who is in pursuit of their dreams to not give up, lead with love, and remain true to themselves! As far as aspirations go there’s a particular award I’d like to achieve which would be an amazing legacy to have for my children. I also want more of my songs in movies and series. Ultimately I’d like to perform on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots!
Now that we have gotten to know some background about you, let’s talk about your ever so inspiring track, “Where Is Love.” What was your inspiration behind this?
My inspiration came from healing from an awful break up and a broken heart. The more I took time to heal the clearer things around me became. I viewed everything that was happening in the world thru a different lens. I analyzed everything I saw and asked myself what was the common denominator in all of it and it was the fact that Love was the missing component! Actually the Lack of Love in every aspect (spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically and etherically)
What was the tip that set you off to write this song?
Writing is my therapy and music is my love language! What greater most efficient way to get a message out other than thru music and lyrics! It was imperative that I wrote it and most importantly released it!
Was this one of those songs that took just a few minutes to write or did you ponder it around a little while?
I wrote the core of it in a day but kept adding to it over the course of a few days!
What is your most favorite lyric of “Where Is Love” and why?
The bridge is my favorite. It begins with my son giving his perspective of love and then I come in with mine!
Many pretend to be fabulous
Smoke and mirrors grabbing us
Seeing through the lies disguised as wise, oppressing minds, and such
Robbed identities Fake memories that adds a special touch
You shouldn’t trust
Know, thyself it is a must
Petty shade parades
Blind leading blind
can cloud your mind
stop wasting time
you have to look into yourself
and know that what you have is special
reach back for your seeds and sow with love, where is love?
The reggae vibe of this song flows so well. What inspired that vibe?
I wrote the song with a reggae vibe in mind and my gifted producer Eduardo Gross created the track around my demo beautifully! We tweaked and tweaked it until we were satisfied that everything blended and resonated universally! Then my brilliant harmonizor/ MD of music, Klyve (who introduced me to Eduardo) helped collaborate and add the finishing touches!
I hear you have another artist on this fabulous track, Almighty P, how did that come about?
Well, Almighty P is my Sun! My lyrics said to look back on your seeds and sow with Love, what better way to do that than to give a space on my platform to allow his perspective on love and speak to his generation in his own voice!
Omgosh, that reminds me, I wanted to ask you this at the beginning but I think it will fit here as well, where did the name Sunshyne P come from?
I have a close high school friend who named me Sunshyne because he said my smile and aura light up a room!
I love the spelling!
Thank you so much!
It totally stands out. What does the P stand for?
The P was added later. It’s the first letter of my last name!
What would you say are some of the messages you want to convey through your music?
I would like to convey love thru my music! I want to convey positivity, empowerment, strength and healing! I want to remind my listening audience to not forget about the good times and not get distracted or consumed by matters that are overwhelming and draining. Give yourself permission to love yourself and enjoy life!
There’s always some inspiration as to why we want to write a song or have others hear us, how do you approach song writing?
Whatever my mind is focused on usually inspires a hook which then turns into a melody and ultimately a song.
Do you need to sit in a quiet room, do you write on the fly or is it something else?
I write anywhere I feel inspired. I could be on a walk, in the facilities, in my bed, at work, in the shower, my car, anywhere a thought hits me I’ll seize the moment when lyrics come to me and I sing them into a device.
How about the production?
I typically would sing a song into my device as lyrics come to me, and then, after I’ve completed writing this song, I’ll choose my producer. I typically have a few producers that I work with because they know my voice in the my style of music and most importantly, they believe in what I do.
Do you get others to help you, do you do it all on your own?
I write on my own
In just five words, how would you describe your music?
Uplifting, fun, calming thought provoking, relatable.
Fans are a big driving force behind an artist creating music, they help inspire and motivate. How do you interact with your fans and supporters?
I interact via social media and other platforms.
There are so many ways to promote music today, the internet has really helped in that area, but it’s also opened the door to a slew of competition. How do you use social media and other platforms to promote your music and connect with your fans?
I have an amazing PR team, media team and newfound publicist.
We are coming close to the end of our interview, moving forward, what are some of the goals or dreams you have as a musician?
There are a few dream collaborations I’d Love to do. I’d like to win a few Grammys. I’d like a global audience to hear my music and book me!
Where do you want to be in five years?
Doing music from my home studio and touring the world.
What are some projects that you have coming up or collaborations you are working on that you can tell us about.
Also, where can our BTD listeners find your music?
I am on all streaming platforms under Sunshyne P!
It’s been a pleasure getting to know you Sunshyne P through your music!
Thank you so much for having me TDawn! It’s been an honor and a pleasure! Looking forward to more!
Be sure to keep the musical spirit alive and keep us updated on your musical journey!
Peace and Blessings! Nuff love every time to TDawn and BTD radio. Racquel Zion Rock and Joe Viglione bigup yourself!
T Dawn and BTD Radio