The enigmatic Solomon Crook is making his presence known with new single The Day I Thought About Dying, an immensely powerful track that will prompt the listener to consider the mark they will leave on the world once they’ve left it. Accompanying the song is a stunning clip directed by Oscar Keys and created in collaboration with talented choreographer Raquel Abolins-Reid, lighting designer Sebastian Fraser, designers Ruby Malcolm and Charlie Walkley and cinematographer/ blocker Solomon Drader, the clip is a precise, divine experience with profound meaning. Solomon goes in to more detail about the single for Hi Fi Way.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of The Day I Thought About Dying?
The build-up has held excitement but also nervousness to see if people respond positively to what we have made. The release has been such a long time coming, at times in can feel underwhelming because all the original excitement of making the song and the video isn’t there as much, it’s now at a point where I can hand our work over to other people and it becomes theirs now.
Was the process of making your single as challenging as you thought?
At times their were definitely points where I was unsure the direction the song could take which stagnated the process, but bringing in other people with fresh ideas kept the song developing and moving forward which was always exciting.
Sonically, how would describe your music?
Lush, Raw, Emotional, Organic
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
I think sonically Bon Iver would be a big influence on my music, also his process of collaboration is something I wish to feed into my own creative process.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
I think the best piece of advice I have been given is to give whatever you do, your absolute all.
What is the Solomon Crook life story?
I grew up in a small town on the Coromandel of New Zealand called Opoutere. My family then moved two hours away for better schooling opportunities. After school I decided to study music which lead me to move to Wellington. I have been here for the past four years and am now looking to move somewhere else in NZ or overseas.
Are you looking to tour more broadly?
For sure! Nothing planned at this stage but would love to get over to Australia as a support slot on a bigger artists tour.
What’s next for Solomon Crook?
For summer the plan is to move home and finish writing my second EP which will be released next year. After that I future is uncertain but exciting, new places, new horizons.
Interview By Rob Lyon
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