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Realized at: 16th, July 2015
 

"We haven´t thought about how far we would go with the band. We are just playing music because it makes fun and we will see what the future brings."

1. Since your inception in 2011, have you gone on to become one of German`s best known melodic death metal outfits? Tell us a bit about the early days of SOLACE and any difficulties you found in establishing yourselves in the German scene.

It would be the greatest thing to become one of Germany’s best known melodic death metal outfits but to achieve that goal is a very long and difficult process. There are so many great bands out there and so many great unknown underground bands that it is almost impossible to achieve that goal. We are still at the very beginning of our establishment in the German scene. Right now we are focusing to establish ourselves in our hometown and the areas around our hometown. We want to play as many gigs as possible but it is very hard to find suitable gigs or events for our band. We are happy if we are able to play a concert every two months but as we said there are not many suitable gigs.

2. What stands behind the SOLACE name? Who has the idea to use that name for the band? Does this name in a way or another express the music that the band is delivering?

The band existed a long time without a name. We never thought about a name due to the reason that we were only playing gigs at our friends birthday parties now and then. But then we wanted to take part in a local bandcontest and therefor we needed a name as quickly as possible. Everybody of us came in with different ideas and then we voted for the name everybody liked the most. We wanted a name which was short and sounded quit ok. Because of the fact that we are a German band we threw in some English words without thinking of the meaning. But if you think of the meaning of the word solace in reference to our music or music which you can enjoy in general the meaning becomes clear. If you listen to music you enjoy or even play the music you enjoy you can forget about things that put a strain on you in everyday life. So as the name says you can find solace in music you enjoy.

3. You have released one album so far. Could we say that its one of your greatest achievements as a band? how was the response the band gain so far?

We don’t know if you can call it 100% an album. It maybe has enough songs but we did not have a producer or anything so you can say it is a mix between a demo and an album. We recorded everything by ourselves in our tuning room hence our guitarist has some recording equipment and experience. Of course it is a great achievement but there is still enough room to improve things write more songs and make an album with a producer and take more time for the recording sessions. The response the band gain was quite good so far.

4. Could you tell me something about the process of making these great songs? so how do you proceed with a song-writing? What elements highly emphasized during the song-writing period? Do you need any certain atmosphere or environment to come up with a good idea?

Basically our guitarists bring in the finished songs and then send them to the others to come up with a base- and drumline for the next rehearsal. Our singer then writes the vocals for the song. Within the rehearsals everybody comes up with different ideas and the songs become the final polish. We don’t need a certain atmosphere or environment to come up with a good idea if you have an idea you have an idea and then it is important to save that idea on a recording device or your pc in order to complete it to a song and bring it to the next rehearsal.

 5. You've been playing a number of shows now and then. Are live shows a central aspect of SOLACE? Do you have serious opportunities for live shows in your area?

Live shows are the most fun part of the band. That is what we aim and work for. To play our songs in front of different people and see the reaction of the crowd is an awesome thing. Especially to present new songs and see how our fans like them compared to our old songs.

6. How do you perceive the advances of technology and the internet changing the music industry in the future? Will the CD as a product become a fanatic’s item like the LP is nowadays?

You can definitely see that it is obvious that the internet has changed the music industry in general. Nowadays everyone has the whole discography of one’s favorite artist on a hard disk and shares it with friends. More and more people are even downloading music illegally. As a matter of fact the CDs sales are going down and the CD becomes more and more irrelevant. There are still some people who like to collect CDs. The most part of our band likes it to hold something physical in the hand and look through the artwork of a CD instead of having everything digitally on your computer. So there could be a small chance for the CD-format in the future.  

7. German's metal scene is quite big and has a lot of many great bands. Do you think that the fact you are coming from there helps you in a way or is it bad because of the big circle of good bands?

You can see at from different point of views. On the one hand it is hard to make yourself a name in that big scene and on the other hand you might profit from it if you can support a “popular” band on tour or get some help and promotion from that band.

8. Over the years death metal has evolved to be not just one specific sound. Is there any specific death metal sound that means more to you than the other?

We like the variety of different sounds. Every member of the band likes other genres of metal the most. So as a whole band we are not able to reach an agreement which sound means more to us than the other. But we think that fact is a good representation for our sound that every member wants to bring in his or her favorite style of metal.

9. Maybe you would now at the end reveal some details about the future plans for SOLACE and your personal goals. How far would you like to go with the band?

We haven´t thought about how far we would go with the band. We are just playing music because it makes fun and we will see what the future brings. Definitely it would be the greatest thing to make a living out of your favorite hobby but we don´t think that this is going to happen.

10. Guys, thanks a lot for your answers, I wish you all the best and good luck my friends! Please, tell your closing words!

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