Last month a fantastic band from Belgium called Solitude Within released their second record, “When Kingdoms Fall“. After reviewing the album, we had the chance to interview their talented lead singer, Emmelie. Here’s what we talked about!
Hello Emmelie, how are you doing?
Feeling very excited because we’ve just released our new album! Couldn’t be better.
Your last record “When Kingdoms Fall” has been recently released, and it is glorious. What is the best part of creating your own music?
The best part is when people actually find meaning in the songs and lyrics. My ultimate goal is to evoke emotion, support and to help others by letting them find themselves in our songs.
Has there been a real-life situation that inspired any of the songs from “When Kingdom Falls”?
My own heartbreaks and weak moments have always been a huge inspiration for me. It’s no different with When Kingdoms Fall, which also means our songs are very personal to me. I hope everyone can find their own meaning in them.
The pandemic took a toll on all of us, especially I think on artists like you. Did it affect the work and plans of the band?
The pandemic actually gave us more time to sit down and work on our new album. It was sad not to be able to play concerts anymore, but we used our time wisely and made the best out of it. Luckily it didn’t affect us much.
That’s awesome! Which event marked the beginning of Solitude Within?
It all started with the search for musicians back in 2014. Guitar player Quincy and I were looking for like-minded souls online and we quickly made contact with Jean-Paul. The three of us set up Solitude Within as we now know it.
What’s the funniest memory you have about your performances?
Once upon a time, our sound on stage failed during a performance. All heads in the audience turned to our poor sound guy, Tim. Turned out it wasn’t Tim’s fault at all, but our bass player who was standing on a cable leading to the main sound installation…
Oh no… Trust me it has happened to someone else I know 🙂 What invention do you think will be popular in 20 years?
I have no idea, but I’m hoping it to be something that improves our lives in a meaningful way.
Do you think it’s harder for a woman to survive in the metal industry?
I have never experienced any difficulties as a woman, so you won’t hear me complain. I adore the metal industry, everyone is so welcoming and supportive. Therefore I must say I believe it’s not harder to be a woman in this beautiful genre.
You are also a novelist, so this question is mandatory for you. If you had to live in the last book you read, where would you be transported to?
I’d be transported to Vermont and spend time with a bunch of elite students studying Greek, only to discover they’d murdered someone.
Thank you so much, Emmelie, for taking the time to do this interview! Would you like to add anything else to our readers?
Dear readers, don’t forget to follow us on socials if you like our music. We’d love to meet you at one of our concerts one day!
Hi! My name is Benedetta, I’m 29 and I live in Northern Italy. My passion has always been music: I started taking guitar lessons when I was 6. Now I work as a sales representative, but in my free time I interview talented people, I spread the word about my favorite band (MoonSun), and I go to concerts or travel around Europe.
I am a huge collector of anything Tolkien-related, autographs, merchandise, and CDs. I am quite an original person and don’t mind being the voice outside of the choir (even though I play in the church’s choir!).