at: 16th, July 2015
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."
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.
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.
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?
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
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?
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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
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
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?
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
Guys, thanks a lot for your answers, I wish you all the best
and good luck my friends! Please, tell your closing words!