An Interview With The Rockers, BREAKING SOLACE!
Posted On 12 Oct 2017
Breaking Solace hit hard from the beginning with their first recorded hit single, “Thrown Away.” After getting a lot of attention and radio air play, they then hit the stage with some of your favorite rock/metal bands such as Trapt and Trivium.
This was then followed by the release of the five song E.P. “Shatter the Silence” in April 2016. They have now begun to shake the foundations of the Central New York music scene with their second single, “Your Denial.” With their high energy stage performance, strong work ethic, huge attention to detail, and an absolutely passionate fun loving and crazy outlook on music, Breaking Solace will be sure to rock their way into your heart and soul…
Learn more about Breaking Solace in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time! Where does this interview find the band today?
*Dan* – These days, the band is on the upswing of a lineup change, adding some very powerhouse musicians to the family.
How does 2017 so far compare to last year? Did you all approach this year differently than you did 2016?
*Dan* – 2017 has been much different than last year. 2017 has shown evolution in the music far beyond the first album.
Growing up, did you all always want to be musicians? Can you recall the moment you realized that you could really make music together and be a band? Why do you think your name truly represents this group and the music that you create?
*Dan* – When I was 12, I broke my left arm skateboarding. I had gotten a guitar for the Christmas prior, and decided to give it a try. I remember sitting by the speakers listening to “One Step Closer” by Linkin Park and trying to recreate the guitar riff. I think in that summer I began to realize that music was going to play a major role in my future. I formed my very first band in high school and it just became more and more clear that this is what I wanted to do. A lot of the lyrics I have written really cater to finding your true inner strength and overcoming obstacles. I came up with the name to symbolize breaking that bubble of false security or “Solace” that isolates us from the rest of the world and prevents us from growing in ourselves and in each other.
*Brian*- I wanted to be a musician since first hearing “All the Small Things” from Blink-182. On my 18th birthday, I got to perform at the world famous CBGB’s in NYC and I knew I could do this forever and as a living.
Let’s talk about your new forthcoming album, “The Stand,” that you will be releasing this summer. What was it like putting this collection together? How did your already released track “Descend” come together? What was the inspiration for it?
*Dan* – This album was put together carefully with high levels of detail. Everything down to the track order and the intro piano part has a purpose. We wanted to really tell a story, make each song relatable, and reach out and inspire the listener. It was also a lot of fun. Descend was inspired by the absolute need for me to face my inner demons in order to continue finding my way in the world. I wanted people to see that everybody including myself goes through hell in their life, and that facing your fears,
How do you think “The Stand” is different or similar to your 2016 debut EP “Shatter The Silence”? How do you think you have grown as a band since that music was made?
*Dan* – The Stand is much different than “Shatter The Silence.” The Stand is a much more refined sound, with the collaboration of a producer.
Breaking Solace has toured with some very huge rock and metal bands. Can you pick a favorite tour experience so far? Do you think that is where you are all happiest- performing live on stage?
*Dan* – It’s a really cool experience to play shows with national bands that you grew up with and respect. It’s even better when those musicians are just as awesome of people as they are musicians. I remember playing with Trivium thinking, “Damn this guy helped me find my scream and influenced my music.” After the show we hung out and talked with them and they were the nicest guys ever.
Who are some of your favorite artists? Who would you all to work with in the future? What would be a dream collaboration for this band?
*Dan* – Corey Taylor, Slipknot, Stone Sour, Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin, Red, Alter Bridge, Adelitas Way, Trivium, Chevelle, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Trapt. Etc. If I could do anything with Corey Taylor, it’d be awesome.
*Brian*- Royal Blood, Chevelle, and Seether are some of my favorite harder bands. I would love for Breaking Solace and Papa Roach to create something special.
What do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope people continue to take away from your songs?
*Dan* – The message I try to send is a positive don’t give up attitude. I write from the ground up perspective, you know? The moments after you’ve hit rock bottom and realize that there is a way to climb out and back onto your feet. I want the listener to be inspired, to fight for what they believe in, and that they aren’t alone in this world.
*Brian*- You are not alone. We all go through hard patches and we’re here to prove their is a way to overcome that negativity and grow.
What advice would you give to a band just getting started? Or even to someone young that is thinking of becoming a musician one day?
*Dan* – My advice would be to first decide if it is something you want to do as a career, or just something you are doing for fun, because the directions to follow for each path are totally different. If you want to pursue music professionally, make sure you balance business and fun. If you don’t work hard you won’t get what you want. If you’re all work and no play, you’ll burn out before you get to where you want to be. Blood sweat and tears go a long way, but make sure to have a killer time too.
*Brian*- 1. Just do it. Don’t care about making it big and making millions of dollars. Just have fun at first. 2. For the young musicians: Find out who influenced your influences. Before Metallica their was Black Sabbath and before Green Day was The Clash.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourself or your music?
*Dan* – I really hope that the music reaches the listeners on a deep level. If I can inspire one person, that’s all I can hope for. I really want people to see that life struggles including depression are very real, but can also be overcome.