Solis is likely to be a name familiar to those with their ear to the ground in Manchester over the past few years as she's played a series of impressive support slots for the likes of Blossoms and Ist Ist as well as some showstopping performances at open mic nights around town. With her debut album scheduled in for 2022 and a recent single Sunday acting as a lead-in, we caught up with her for a chat about how she came to be in Manchester, her inspirations and plans.
First of all, could you introduce yourself and tell us a little about how you got into music and ended up in Manchester?
Hello! I'm Solis, I moved to Manchester when I was 18 to study music and am still living here six years later.
What, and who, inspires you to write?
I write a lot when I slow down and take time to myself, that's when the best songs are written for me. So, I guess a lot of inspiration comes from life experiences, it's a way to process things and catagorise thoughts. I also get a lot of inspiration from other people's experiences too.
It sounds a bit cliche, but I read a lot of poetry mainly about nature and always end up picking ideas up from those.
You've just released your new single Sunday. Could you tell us what the song is about please?
'Sunday' is about being stuck in a place that doesn't serve you anymore. I was in a chapter of my life that I knew wasn't true to who I was and yet I couldn't move on. It's not about one experience in particular, just a general theme of societal pressures that can hold people back or push people too hard into paths they don't love. This leaves people (including myself sometimes) always looking forward to the future, instead of taking action in the present.
You've talked about an album coming out soon. When can we expect it to be released and how and where was it recorded?
Yes, it'll be released soon! This album has had so many obstacles in the releasing process, I was involved in a really serious car accident pretty much as soon as it was finished, and then Covid struck! So, we're getting there. No date yet but definitely in the very, very near future.
Other than the album, what plans do you have for 2022?
I plan to gig loads if Covid allows, playing live is my favourite part of being a musician. I'll also do lots of recording as I've so many new songs that I cannot wait to share with everyone.
If you had to describe your music to someone who'd never heard you before, where would you start?
Usually when people ask this it comes out like... "folk, but not folk. Pop, but not really pop. I don't know.". I don't think I'll ever make up my mind, although the new music is definitely more folk inspired.