Quantum Split was in the Battle of the Bands at AfroPunk this past July. They made it to the final four, which is an accomplishment.
They bring an equal amount of funk and noise to the stage. I cannot wait to see them live. Until then, Quantum Split is here on the blog today for an interview.
Who would you choose in a battle of scientists?
- Neil deGrasse Tyson
- Bill Nye the Science Guy
- Stephen Hawking
- Those guys from Mythbusters
Soleil Laurent: Bill Nye
Adrian Read: Albert Einstein
Ivan Hardy: Bill Nye all the way
Richard Chen: Stephen Hawking if he were still alive.
Do you take a scientific approach to music or is it more heart and emotions?
Soleil Laurent: For sure more heart and emotions! Music is a feeling… It’s the diary for everyone.
Adrian Read: It starts with a feeling and as it develops, we add more music, science, if you will, to structure the song.
Ivan Hardy: Heart and emotion for me.
Richard Chen: Heart and emotions.
Where was your first show?
Soleil Laurent: Ever? 5th grade talent show lol. My first show with QS was The Delancey!
Adrian Read: My first show with Quantum Split was at Bar None in New York City.
Ivan Hardy: Crash Mansion 2009.
Richard Chen: My first show with the band is at Gramercy Theater.
How was your experience with the AfroPunk Festival?
Soleil Laurent: It was beautiful because we got to spread the message of bravery, love, and purpose.
Adrian Read: I felt complete freedom of expression at the AfroPunk Festival. Freedom to speak, dance, dress and be as I am, and it was fun as hell.
Ivan Hardy: It was awesome. I was able to get a sailor jerry tattoo there as well as perform.
Richard Chen: It was great! Wish we had won though.
Why do you think people are afraid to pursue their dreams?
Soleil Laurent: FEAR OF FAILURE! It’s a deeper cut to fail in something you love but you must keep pushing!
Adrian Read: Because they fear failure, they fear the responsibility that comes with success. And more often than not, they don’t know what they REALLY want.
Ivan Hardy: Fear of rejection and the amount of work, I’d assume.
Richard Chen: Because not everyone can handle the risk of failing.
Would you rather bring in the noise or bring in the funk?
Soleil Laurent: Bring in the funk for sure!
Adrian Read: Loud funky noise.
Ivan Hardy: As a metalhead, the NOISE!!!
Richard Chen: The funk anytime.
How do you deal with negative energy?
Soleil Laurent: I name all the things I am grateful for and it automatically shifts me.
Adrian Read: I try to turn it into positive energy. If I can’t, I stay positive and let God take care of the rest.
Ivan Hardy: I try to focus on what I’m trying to achieve and always reflect on how far I’ve come. I have good friends to help me get by as well.
Richard Chen: Avoid it.
Is there anything that makes you laugh until you cry?
Soleil Laurent: Chris Rocks Jokes… lol or Chris Tuckers ..
Adrian Read: Getting tickled
Ivan Hardy: Not that I know of so far.
Richard Chen: Shows like “South Park.”
What do you want people to know about Quantum Split?
Soleil Laurent: We are a band built to empower YOU! YOUR DREAM! and more.
Adrian Read: We want everyone to realize and embrace who they really are, unconditionally.
Ivan Hardy: We’re taking over NYC with our music and then the world.
Richard Chen: Everything.
What are your plans for the next year or so?
Soleil Laurent: Tour, tour, tour, tour!
Adrian Read: To empower as many people as we can.
Ivan Hardy: Possibly do another National tour and continue to get the endorsements we want. I can’t wait to play bigger venues and more festivals. I love outdoor shows.
Richard Chen: Stadium shows.