We had the good fortune of connecting with Sól. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sól., how do you think about risk?
I believe risk-taking is at the foundation of my work. Without risk, there can be no great art. My most recent EP “Moonshots” is centered around the idea that risk-taking is necessary in order to push oneself and one’s work. To me, a moonshot is a project or idea that pushes you to new heights, and to achieve that one must not only let go of fear but also be incredibly willing to fail. This body of work is all about taking the plunge and trusting that in the process you are building something greater. Through the arc of my EP “Moonshots”, I hope to give listeners a glimpse of how I’ve grown into self-confidence through my experiences described in these four songs. I aim to inspire bold, ever-changing, trust in oneself and one’s ideas.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Alternative R&B artist Sól. is best known for her soulful lyrics with striking sing rap melodies that enchant and invite listeners to delve deeper into their innermost truths. The singer and songwriter’s distinct tone and intimate wordplay have invoked comparisons to the likes of Ari Lennox, Sza, and Jhene Aiko.
The DC native graduated cum laude in 2020 from Berklee College of Music with dual degrees in Songwriting and Music Business. During her time in Boston Sól. released her debut EP Reflection under her previous moniker, Kayla Rose. Immersed in the rich underground music scene, Sól. performed at various venues in and around the Boston area. These venues include The Red Room, The Middle East, Out of The Blue Gallery, and Factory Boston.
There she developed the initial idea for her “Moonshots” EP. Inspired by Boston’s ever-changing tech landscape Sól. approached the creation of her EP from a technological context. “ I admire how as technology advances there is typically a focus on bridging a gap and meeting basic human needs through the development of creative ideas. I aimed to create a body of work that similarly to technology could establish connectivity between my creative ideas and my listener’s emotional needs. By creating my most intimate sonic experience to date I hope listeners can resonate with the emotions I share in my songs and connect with how this EP makes them feel.” -Sól. Sól.’s latest EP Moonshots is available now on Apple Music and Spotify.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I have newly moved to Los Angeles and my favorite spot thus far has to be Topanga Canyon. I love driving up there and seeing all the homes and shops tucked into the hillside. I also love the view of the natural landscape. It’s beautiful and a huge change of pace. I love the serenity the drive provides and it is a bit thrilling being that high up!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to dedicate my shoutout to my parents Allan and Reneé Griffith. Both of them instilled in me the belief that I can do and be anything I choose. Now I get to spend my life writing songs that tell stories. I am so blessed to have their unwavering love and support in all I do.