Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe your band as an artist?
Conor: If I were to attempt to categorise us, I’d say we’re a London based Modern Alt Rock band, although we have been known to step out of this genre… Since we’re a Rock band based in London, we christened the genre we play as “Rockney”! We hope it catches on…
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
Conor: Insolace is in a way, a continuation of Sam’s and my old band ‘Oceans’, with the addition of Millie and Onyi in the band who we met from the London & Brighton circuit/scene. First and foremost, we’re friends who want the same things out of music & life, so collaborating together is a very painless process for us.
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?
Sam: Bands such as Metallica and Pantera used to influence me as I was a teenager, but in my 20s it’s much more about the process of writing and who I’m writing with that inspires me now. I suppose now I appreciate the process more, rather than just because it’s cool and fun to be in a band. People can relate to our songs also, so when we get feedback about how our audience have had a positive experience through listening to our work it’s very rewarding.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
Sam: To be involved creatively within the music industry. It’s such a saturated industry that it’s very difficult to get a helping hand from someone in a higher place than you. We love what we do though so we don’t mind the hard work.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
Conor: I’d probably say doing two sold out back to back shows to promote our second single release for our song ‘Jaded’. Those shows were some of our finest we’ve ever played. We have a lot of gratitude for how many people took the time out of their days to come see us make a lot of noise!
PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?
Conor: It is, and it isn’t. The tools that bands have at their disposal to get their music out to people is amazing. Genres are largely saturated today due to the rise of the bedroom artist, but that’s why I think it’s important to not restrict yourself to a set genre, if you branch out and experiment with other genres you’re more likely to stick out and have an edge.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
Conor: We have three shows lined up for the summer which will actually be our first time back to performing since the apocalypse! On June 24th we’re headlining The New Cross Inn – London, July 24th we’re at the Hope & Ruin – Brighton, then on August 7th we’re at The Green Door Store – Brighton; all of which are expected to be great shows!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
Sam: Regardless of whether you like it or not, downloading music is the preferred method now. So as artists we have to accept that and learn the best marketing strategies to progress in this way. This is something I feel we as a band are getting better at.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Conor: The intro song to Gavin & Stacey… Need I say why!? What a masterpiece!
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
Sam: Just how formulaic Pop dominates the airwaves. You can switch to any radio station and you can almost guarantee a Pop track or EDM will be playing. I don’t mind some artists from these genres but when they’re played so often on most main stage radio stations it becomes very dull and tiresome to listen to.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
Sam: We’re currently on the verge of releasing another single called Hold On! This release has been highly anticipated and it feels great to finally put it out there! Head over to any streaming service to give it a spin! Aside from that we’re getting back into the routine of rehearsing and planning gigs, which lockdown has impacted immensely.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
Sam: Either our Instagram (@Insolaceuk), or our Facebook page. We have some merchandise orders in the pipeline so come visit us at our upcoming shows and check it out!