We had the good fortune of connecting with Splitting Silence and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Splitting, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
Being from Seattle, we have a very rich history of great music that has come before us. This has inspired our creative lives in countless ways. We grew up surrounded by constant reminders of our idols. Whether it be a statue of Hendrix on the side of the street, hearing the soundgarden whistle in Magnuson Park, or walking through the EMP (MoPop) it truly has shaped who we are as people and musicians. We’re lucky enough to live right by many legendary studio’s which paved the way for the grunge scene in the 90’s. We even had the privilege of recording our newest singles in the famous London Bridge Studio alongside legendary sound engineer Jonathan Plum and producer Ben Smith. Some of our favorite records were made there like Alice In Chains’ Dirt and Pearl Jam’s Ten just to name a couple. We developed our hard-rock sound from some of our favorite Seattle bands like Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, and Pearl Jam. Naturally, we add our own personal twist because collectively we listen to a massive array of genres. We share a deep passion for the music we create and love playing as much as we do listening. From rock and metal, to jazz and funk, to reggae and disco, we love it all. Listening to so many different types of music definitely diversifies our sound and gives us a modern edge as well. Having such a strong passion for listening to music and learning our instruments made us all want to join a band when we were kids. As our knowledge grew deeper and our skill sets grew wider, we became more and more dedicated towards making our own music, so we formed a band. Today we spend our free time working on all things music; we make videos, record our songs, write new songs, and even mix them ourselves now. And when we play live, we play loudly and confidently knowing the city’s historical love for music will back us up when we need it.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
We began playing together back in 2015 when we were all in 8th grade. Although we were 13 at the time, our musical interest was broad. Alex Roca, our bassit, was in the middle school jazz band along with our drummer Nick Zappone and singer/guitarist Ethan Bovey. Mason Stroud, our lead guitarist, had known Nick and Bovey since elementary school. We all came from different musical tastes and talents, but an alliance was made and Splitting Silence came to be. As time went on, our skill sets improved and diversified from the youngin’s we once were, and so did the sound of Splitting Silence. Today we have evolved into a band that plays very straight up rock music, but the diversity in our backgrounds allow us to draw from our influences in order to include a wide spectrum of genres within our hard rock sound. Since the early stages, we’ve been able to play countless venues around town, we’ve been on the radio, we’ve been to professional studios, and we have a lot of fun while doing it. One of our favorite moments as a band was being a part of STG’s More Music at the Moore program here in Seattle. There we had the opportunity to perform in one of the oldest and largest theatres in the city: the same stage that the grunge scene dominated in the 90’s! In addition to that, being able to record our newest singles “Light the Fire” and “Over and Out” at London Bridge was the experience of a lifetime. We’ve found that it’s very hard to work your way up the food chain in the music industry, but with hard work and persistence you can gradually work your way up. Countless times we’ve reached out to work with people and they didn’t respond to our first couple emails, but after a while you can gain their attention and set something up. Persistence is key.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Seattle has so many exciting things to do and places to check out. One of the best views of the entire city is right nextdoor to where we live. Gasworks is this old synthetic gas factory that was turned into a park. It’s right on lake unions waterfront where you have a straight view of the whole city and nothing but water in between you. It’s a great place to relax and watch the sunset, hang out, or even have a little party (the later the better). There’s also the Soundgarden in Magnuson park where the band Soundgarden got their name from. It’s a sculpture made up of a bunch of long metal tubes that whistle and hum when the wind blows. It’s a great time hiking through that park wondering what that hum is and finding the soundgarden at the far end of the park. Go downtown and visit the space needle in the Seattle Centre. You can go up to the top and get the whole experience looking at the city and mountains, or you can appreciate the building from below. In the Seattle Center there’s food carts and kiosks around, there’s the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop), there’s the chihuly exhibit, the Pacific Science Center, and a whole bunch more right around the corner. Aside from sightseeing, you have to go see a local show around town at some point. There are so many killin’ bands out here that will simply knock your socks off. Shows are always a great time. We also love having bonfires at the beach. Usually we go around the neighborhood finding a bunch of wood and all meet up at golden gardens to burn whatever we could find that day. Typically the fire gets pretty damn big. You also can’t forget to eat a Deluxe and a fry from Dick’s Drive-In. You can’t have Seattle without Dick’s.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
A lot of our success comes from our producer and mentor Ben Smith. A couple years back we began working with him to produce our first EP. He is responsible for many aspects of how our band functions today. Due to his respect around the Seattle music scene as the drummer for Heart and Nancy Wilson, he made it possible for us to be able to book such highly esteemed studios around the city. When we were all around 15 years old, he took us around to go visit a couple studios which really inspired us to get serious about our band. Since then, we have been able to record at two amazing studios with Ben as our producer. We recorded our first EP at Synergy productions, and then moved on to record three more singles at London Bridge Studio: all thanks to Ben. He has inspired us to keep pushing and working towards our dream while helping us logistically get there. He has helped revise and rework our songs, as he is always open to giving his professional opinion on any issue we face. He has helped us with promotion countless times and he has a great musical ear, especially when it comes to working in the studio.

Website: https://splittingsilence.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/splittingsilence/?hl=en

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SplittingSilenceband/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwylJvPUPMDdgtmsv4JmjTA

Other: TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@splittingsilence?lang=en Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1KPCKLMZeVD4qD1aBkh7IE?autoplay=true&v=A Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/splitting-silence/1464844601

Image Credits
Bora Toksoz (personal photo), Kirk Hofstetter (additional photos)

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