INTERVIEW w/ Dan Burk of BREAKING SOLACE

By Stephanie Stevens

HAS THIS UNIT BEEN THE SAME SINCE THE INCEPTION?

*“The band has undergone some lineup changes since the beginning but with every change, we grow stronger and tighter.”

WHO CAME UP WITH THE BAND NAME BREAKING SOLACE?

*Dan* “I wanted to make a band name that really summed up the overall message of the band. After thinking about some of the lyrical content, and having a drive to help people, the name BREAKING SOLACE just came to me. The name represents breaking the comfort bubble or “Solace” we each have so we can face our fears, and our demons, and find the strength to take on the world.”

WHAT IS ONE THING FANS MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT THE BAND?

*“One thing fans may not know about the band is that the name has a significant meaning that walks alongside the overall message of the music.”

BACK TRACKING TO 2016 WHEN YOU RELEASED “SHATTER THE SILENCE,” HOW DID YOU GO INTO THE SONGWRITING PROCESS THEN AND HAS IT CHANGED SINCE THEN?

*Dan* “Well in 2015 when I founded the band, I let the guys know that I had music that I’d been working on prior to the band. We discussed whether we wanted to start fresh with all new music, or use my pre-written material to fast track the project right into shows while we wrote new stuff. We decided on fast tracking so the guys took my music, and added flavor to it, and we jumped right into recording. It hasn’t changed much in the second album, as I had enough music to cover both EPs, but future albums will definitely be the product of full band collaboration, which we’re all very excited about!”

WAS THE SONG “THROWN AWAY” THE FIRST SONG YOU GUYS WROTE AS A BAND?  WHY DID YOU PICK THAT SONG TO MAKE A PROMINENT SINGLE BACK THEN?

*”THROWN AWAY” was actually the main audition song. When we finalized the band, everybody already knew it, so we went to the studio and recorded it.

YOU GAINED A LOT OF SUPPORT FROM LOCAL NY RADIO STATION 95X IN THE PAST, AND I’M SURE CURRENTLY. HOW HAS THAT HELPED IN MARKETING AND GETTING THE BAND’S NAME OUT THERE?

*95x made a world of difference in the growth of the band. The offered opportunities with national acts and air-play, as well as guidance. Honestly the upstart would have been majorly difficult if not for the assistance of 95x and we are extremely grateful.

YOU GUYS ALSO PUT OUT A VIDEO FOR ANOTHER TRACK ON THAT EP, “YOUR DENIAL,” WHERE WAS IT SHOT, WHO PRODUCED IT AND HOW WAS THE WHOLE PROCESS OF DOING A VIDEO SHOOT?

*We shot it in Utica, New York at the Cayo Industrial Building. The cool thing about this place is that it is home to a sick Horror attraction called the Cayo Industrial Warehouse of Horror. If you’re ever in Utica, NY during Halloween, make sure to check it out! The video was produced by a good friend Steve Losurdo. The process was hot, and I mean HOT. It was the middle of the summer in this half-abandoned warehouse and the temperatures inside had to be pushing 100 degrees. It was a ton of fun but man did we sweat! We basically scouted the building the day before for shot locations, and then came in and did what felt like 1000 takes. It was great!

NOW BACK TO THE PRESENT. YOU GUYS JUST RELEASED A NEW EP ENTITLED “THE STAND.” HOW HAS THE BAND GROWN IN THE LAST YEAR IN SONGWRITING AND YOUR EAR, FOR WHAT YOU WANT IN THE STUDIO WHEN RECORDING?

*Dan* The music in “THE STAND,” is still founded on my writing. Basically, we took a second set of songs that I wrote, and the other guys added their flavors and the final product was amazing. The ear is getting much better. We’ve definitely allowed the music to evolve in this album. With the help of our producer Justin Spaulding of course, who really helped in refining our sound and translating ideas to tracks.

Where did you get lyrical inspiration this time around for the songs on this EP?

*Dan* This album was definitely different than the first. Every lyric I write has some form of application to my life, and a story behind it. This album I wanted to make a little more personal. The entire EP with the track order and everything, tells the story about my battle with depression. From the low points, the dark points, to rising up and fighting for control, it covers everything. I wanted to write something that people could relate to. They could listen to the story of me overcoming major obstacles, and hopefully walk away feeling inspired to overcome their own.

WHAT IS YOUR OVERALL FAVORITE TRACK, OUT OF THESE 6 SONGS THAT MADE THE EP?

*Surprisingly I think the overall favorite was at first “LAST CHANCE.” We were all so amazed at the evolution of the song in the studio that it blew us away.

DO YOU GUYS HAVE OTHER MUSIC THAT DIDN’T MAKE THE EP WE COULD HEAR IN THE NEAR FUTURE?

*There are definitely songs that have been in the works, and we have been evolving them to make an impactful third album. *

WHEN YOU WRITE MUSICALLY FOR A RECORD, DO YOU ALWAYS HAVE THE VISION OF HOW IT WILL GO OVER LIVE, OR IS THAT SOMETHING THAT YOU GUYS JUST MAKE HAPPEN ONCE IT’S DONE AND U PLAY IT?

*A lot of the time we will jam through a song and get the, “Guys, you know what would sound killer here?” from one of us. That would set the mood for the live renditions. Sometimes we’d write the original version as the live version and cut down some parts for the recorded version.

VOCAL WISE, IT FEELS TO ME, THIS GUY HAS MORE THAN HE IS SETTING OUT ON THIS RECORD, THAT HE CAN DO MORE IN RANGE. DO YOU FEEL THAT YOU WILL PUSH THOSE BOUNDARIES MORE ON NEW MUSIC COMING OUT?

*Dan* I have to say, this album taught me a ton about my vocal capabilities. I pushed my voice far beyond what I had originally thought were my limits, and I have realized that with training, there is far more to come. It geeks me out to know that I am far from peaking.

“FEAR NO MORE,” SPOKE TO ME ON MANY LEVELS, LOVED THAT TRACK. HOW PERSONAL WAS THIS SONG FOR THE BAND?

*This song is our fight song. It represents the struggles of everyone all over the world in the pursuit of life. For us, it was the hype song, and really pushed us to continue fighting for what we believed in.

YOU GUYS ARE FROM SYRACUSE, NY AREA HOW IS THE SCENE AROUND THOSE PARTS; IS THERE A BROTHERHOOD IN THE LOCAL SCENE?

* The brotherhood is amazing. Not many bands around here “compete.” We all go to each other’s’ shows, buy each other’s tickets, and support. It was a great place to come into the music world.

AS A BAND WHAT OTHER BANDS OR MUSICIANS HAVE GIVEN YOU THE PUSH TO DO THIS FOR THE LONG HAUL?

*Honestly, a lot of the bands we have played with. Some of the nationals we opened for were really supportive and killer dudes. It framed a great picture of what happens when you put in hard work and dedication. Also, a lot of the local bands we started out with. There is nothing more inspirational than surrounding yourself with other people who fight for their dreams.

LAST COMMENTS?

We really hope that we can reach out and inspire people with our music. It’s been a dream to do something to make a difference, and we hope that we can reach that someday.

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