Steve Azar Says "Sunshine" Induces Trance-Like State

Posted by Leigh Durbin on 08/02/2010
According to Steve Azar, his newest single, “Sunshine,” has the ability to put people in a trance. Azar wrote the tune during sound check on his tour with Bob Seger a few years ago and began working into his set each night soon after.
"The room would get dead silent when we would play it. It was sort of hypnotic," Azar told The Boot. "I know one thing ... it put me in a place where I would get dizzy onstage a little bit. It put me in a trance."

“Sunshine” is on Azar's Slide On Over Here album, released last year. After receiving a wave of positive feedback, Azar released “Sunshine” as the album’s second single.
"We spent three or four months really setting it up. This song has gotten the opportunity that a lot of my songs in the past just have not gotten," Azar said. "You need to have all cylinders going at one time. Sometimes it's not all perfect opportunities, and that takes a lot of work. It's a blessing to be able to work on something I love. You fight for it. Our team has started on the one-inch yard line with 'Sunshine,' and it's in the 20's on the [Country singles] charts."
Azar is continuing to keep the “Sunshine’s” momentum at full speed ahead.
"If we [Azar’s indie lable, Ride Records] were a big label right now, this song would be in the stratosphere, but we're a small label with a lot of stories about a song. 'I Don't Have to Be Me ('Til Monday)' didn't have 50 of the stories that are attached to 'Sunshine.' That's what's really helped this thing go. We've had 10 [radio] stations across America say it's been the most requested song in their history of the station. It's those stories that have really helped us work through a lot of obstacles, climb over walls, bust through them and work our way around them. It still has a long way to go."

Azar attributes “Sunshine’s” success to its story. It is a relationship song that can appeal to almost any situation.
"[The opening line is] 'your dark hair draped across my pillow says I finally got it right,'" Azar explained. "The 'finally got it right' has meant so many types of relationships. It's not just about a couple; it's about a father and a daughter. It's about best friends. It's about long relationships or relationships that may be around the corner or that are brand-new. The journey represents the struggle to know it's there or to find it. It's everything that you've felt like's been missing and the mistakes you've made. The song is in present tense in the beginning, but the rest is about everything you never had or everything you realized you didn't have. Maybe it's just around the corner for those who don't have it. We wanted the journey to represent the struggle to find it and to know you've got it. I know this song is not going to change the world, but it has mattered to a lot of people."