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Music and Money with CROWN SOLACE

Just because it's a form interview, doesn't mean you don't do a quality check. Scottish outfit Crown Solace checks all the boxes with their new single "Inside My Mind": as the PR wire puts it, "a key part to Crown Solace's sound is Pete Rawcliffe's trained sopranist voice coupled with Callum Hutchinson's hardcore screams, which together are emotive and enthralling." Fans of Nightwish, Epica, and Amaranthe should add this band to their playlists!

Tell our readers all about your band! Where are you from and when did you get started? What is your music like?

The band formed in 2021 and was formed by Val in Aberdeen, Scotland. Val and Callum had previously performed together in other bands and so Callum hopped on board to perform Bass and Harsh Vox. After disbanding with original singer Ally Watson, Val reached out to Pete who became the new singer. Our music is a modern symphonic metal sound with metalcore elements!

What are your goals for your band? We would love to be able to reach as many people as we can with our music through the opportunity to release a whole album and also live shows. For now that’s our main goals but who knows what the future holds, especially with a bigger discography!

What do you do for a living? We all have different jobs, none of us are full time musicians -- we won’t bore you with the details but our careers range from management, to tech and marketing! How do you balance your work and personal life with the band? We all set manageable deadlines for things to do with the band and we never put too much pressure on ourselves; if we need to, we spread things out. It’s so important not to rush the creative process and allow things to work organically and we would never want to be burnt out. I think if/when things start to hot up with touring and more releases then we will definitely invest some time to make sure that we all have enough room to manage and balance our time.

What do you consider to be the best investment you've made, music-wise? So far it’s only been a couple of tracks but definitely the quality on the mix and master aa well as the video production. It’s really easy to test the water with half baked releases but actually overall we didn’t feel it would do us any favours. What's the worst or least helpful thing you've ever spent money on as a musician/band? Haha…nothing as of yet! We will answer that question again in a few years What kind of merch sells the best for your band? And what do you purchase most often as a music listener? We’ve not got any merch YET…but usually when it comes to buying other peoples merch it’s usually physical vinyls and hoodies or t-shirts. Merch is so important to bands when it comes to supporting their craft, it’s what directly helps the band the most. Which online music or social media platforms are most helpful to your band? For us it’s really about sharing as much as possible on any platform but Bandcamp is really great to directly support us. Instagram as well is a great platform for us, we’ve always had a great following on there that supports and shares our content. What does "making it" mean to you, and what do you think a band needs to make it in 2022? For us is exposure, we just need to create more quality music and hope the right people see it! Doing some gigs will be really crucial for us to get out and be exposed in the U.K. metal scene.

Connect with Crown Solace here.


Interview and band photo courtesy of C Squared Music.

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