(SL) Soleil Laurent
(AA) Anthony Anderson
(AR) Adrian Read
(IH) Ivan Hardy
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “America”?
SL: Our single “America” reflects on historical moments in the past and current events, re-envisioned with a positive twist on hope, empowerment, peace and love. With powerful lyrics and sounds to instill a sense of hope for the people of this country.
IH: “America” is a song to give hope to the people. Hope, that one day there will be peace for all people. The video serves to both empower, unite, and bring forth the people that lack representation and rights. It also exposes the deep rooted injustices that our country has displayed to people of various races and cultural backgrounds.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
SL: Many events inspired the single “America.” It’s difficult as an artist to hear that children are being killed frequently or that people are hurting everyday on the news and not let it reflect in your music. This song is a platform to convey a message of empowerment.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
AR: We recently released our first music video for the single “America”. The video portrays strong imagery about past and present struggles that we, the people of various races, gender and culture have had to endure in America. It also embodies hope, unity, our future, the children, and the definitive message that we will not be broken, not now, not ever.
How was the recording and writing process?
SL: The recording and writing process was actually very easy. I had a lot on my heart at the time for the people living in America. I wrote the song in less than 4 minutes. It felt as if this song needed to be heard to create peace here in my home.
AA: I actually love the recording process because of all the work that goes into getting things set up to hearing my drumming back on recording. It leaves me satisfied to know that my work is paying off.
AR:The recording process for America was extensive. We needed to find a way to represent the voice of every American in this one song. We spent hours upon hours making the song bigger than ourselves to make sure that the message was crystal clear.
How has your Berklee studies influenced your music?
SL: Berklee has opened me up to many different influences musically. It opened my mind to different sounds and I became free within my music.
Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along?
AA: Yes, for sure. We have so many songs written and ready to be recorded for our album, plus more material that will make you want to conquer the world.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
IH: The album is titled SUBLIMINAL MANIPULATION. It tackles many topics such as diversity, overcoming oneself, racism, and breaking down dividing lines, to name a few.
Would these two new singles somehow set the tone for the new music on the material?
SL: The album is full of different emotions and with that being said those two songs open a very sensitive and softer side to the band. We do have songs that reflect anger, frustration, light and more so I wouldn’t say those two songs are the complete sound of the album.
AR:The two new singles each serve a specific purpose, as every other song on our album. “America” shines, triumphs, and perseveres. “Runaway” strips down the layers of emotional trauma a person faces when they are cast away from home; a cry for help. All our songs ask you to reflect on what it really means to be human.
Any plans to hit the road?
AA: We are currently on a National U.S. TOUR performing in cities such as, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Michigan, Minneapolis, California, Washington, Ohio and more. You can find MORE upcoming shows and events on our website www.quantumsplit.com
What else is happening next in Quantum Split’s world?
SL: A lot more performances. (Which I am extremely excited about because I love connecting with people!)
AA: Working on more songs and a lot more touring.
AR: Quantum Split is planting the seeds. And when those seeds grow, the world will know who we are. Till then, we’re hitting every state one by one!
IH: Continuing our continually growing national tour and finishing the album.