Introduce us to your band!
Hello! We’re Insolace, an Alt Rock band from London, and we consist of Conor Hyde on guitar, Sam Bryant on Bass, Onyi Olisa on Drums and me (Millie) on vocals!
How did you guys start out?
Conor found us all on various musician pages on Facebook and basically through friends of friends. Sam joined Conor’s band that was originally ‘Oceans’, but as that outfit fizzled out, Sam and Conor got Onyi, Regan and myself on board to play as a new musical project. We ended up meeting up at a rehearsal studio and jamming out one of the tracks they sent me that I had written over, it seemed to all click from there really!
Describe your band’s sound.
Gritty, real and relatable.
What influences your craft?
I think all of our songs contrast with each other because I take my influence in what I’m writing very ‘in the moment’. I rarely sit down and write to a track and it goes well. I have to be feeling an emotion to such an intense level that I have to just spurt it out on paper, otherwise everything just seems to sound a bit naff!
What makes your project different?
I think there are a lot of great bands out there in the Alt Rock scene at the moment. I live in Brighton, and the bands hailing from here at the moment are great. I think what makes our sound different is the fact that we’re all quite individually different from one another in the band. We all like different kinds of music and have different influences, which all seems to mush well together to make Insolace. I like to think there’s a little bit of all of our personalities in our music.
When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
At the moment, of the three singles we have released, it’s gotta be Calm. If ever anyone asks to hear my band, that’s the first thing I show them. I think it’s a good way to show people the kind of grittiness we are going for as a band. However, if you wanna listen to them all, then you know… go ahead!
What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
I think for all of us sometimes it can feel like we put so much into something for it to not go as we expected – weather that be a show not going as great as we wanted or a track sounding slightly different than we had planned. We can all be perfectionists in this band, so sometimes trying to agree on what perfection is or sounds like causes some struggle.
What has been the biggest highlight in your career so far?
We played a great show at The Grace in London, I’d have to say that has been one of my greatest highlights. I also love our Brighton shows as we have a lot of contacts there and it’s always more like a big party than a show! Oh, and also recording our singles in Devon was an experience to say the least!
How bright is the future of your band – what are the plans?
Hopefully, very! I’m hoping we are going to move onto playing festivals (as soon as this is over) and just keep recording and releasing music – we have a lot of tunes to show you!
When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
For being that band that helped someone get through a hard time no matter how big or small. Just having a positive impact on someone’s life through our music would be enough for me.