Interview with Quantum Split

Quantum Split


Quantum Split is a rock and soul band. They perform original songs and music, written by Berklee College of Music student, Lead Singer, and Guitarist Soleil Laurent with her fellow band mates Adrian Read (Lead Guitarist), Anthony Anderson (Drummer), and Ivan Hardy (Bass Guitarist). They just got back from performing at the 6th Annual KigaliUp Music Festival in Rwanda, Africa this past July as well as headlining notable locations in NYC such as Irving Plaza and the Gramercy Theatre. Through creating a lane of their own, this fresh and groundbreaking band showcases musical influence that all music lovers from any genre would appreciate. Quantum Split offers listeners music that sheds light on a variety of topics that they can relate to. Gain your independence! Create your own imprint! Let no one give you YOUR identity! Quantum Split brings you an exhilarating and meaningful experience.

Where are you from?

SL: Born and raised in Long Island, NY.
AA: Born and raised in the Bronx, NY. Currently living in Long Island, NY.
AR: Born in the Dominican Republic, Living in the Bronx in NY.
IH: I was born in the Bronx. Grew up in Washington Heights, NY..

How long have you been making music?

SL: I come from a family full of musicians. There was never a moment where music did not exist in my life.
AA: For over 15 years, I started playing drums at the age of 9 years old.
AR: From the time I wrote my first song until now it has been 11 years.
IH: I’ve been playing for 7 years. Currently going on my 8th year as a bass player.

How many songs /albums have you released to date?

Currently we have released 1 single, “America”, off of our new upcoming album “Subliminal Manipulation”.


Can you tell us about your latest release and the background and inspirations behind it?

Our single “America” reflects on historical moments in the past and current events to date that focus on theme of race, equality, and peace. With powerful lyrics and sounds to instill a sense of hope for the people of this country. It’s meant for people to feel empowered, to know that we are all human and we all are Americans living here. “America” is a song to give hope to the people. Hope that one day their will be peace for all people. We feel that it is important that we understand each other, reflect on the past but keep moving forward. The video serves to both empower, unite and bring forth the people that lack representation, rights and to expose the deep rooted injustices that our country America has displayed to people of various races and cultural backgrounds. Much of what is going around in the world and in our nation attributes to the inspiration. Our message of love, unity, and camaraderie as a nation and for one another as humans is what drives us to continue working for a positive change in humanity. Our video aims to be able to persuade people to look for more peaceful and positive solutions in how we see and deal with ourselves and each other.

How have you ended up in the music industry?

SL:My father was always in the industry as an entertainer himself, manager and multiple different roles to train artist to be full of purpose.
AA: My Father was my inspiration, who played the drums and bass guitar. I learned and was motivation to continue what he had taught me through establishing such a passion for the drums. It’s my intent to continue that legacy. Music was is in my blood.
AR: After a long string of collaborations with numerous artists and bands I came across Quantum Split. Together, as a unit team we have broken the barriers that have allowed us to find our place in the music industry
IH: It’s a funny thing how life has a way of setting you on the road you need to be to get to where you want in life, so long as you listen to signs. Once I decided I wanted a life of music, I saw myself in and out of local bands but I never gave up. My desire to continue in music and be in this industry is what helped get the word of my name out to Quantum Split. Once I joined with them, the rest of continual time with them has and will continue to be history.

What do you think of the music industry in 2017?

The music industry in 2017 lacks vulnerability. Although the instrumentals may be very nice we feel that artist nowadays don’t realize the power of their words. Its our job to spread the message.Let’s talk about the issues, Let’s talk about what we go through in life and let’s get connected to the people again. Though social presence is important, our mission is substance, creating music that invigorates and inspires.

Who do you think the most influential artist?

SL: Truly the most influential artist for me would be Bob Marley. I have always been truly inspired by him because of what he stands for. Bob Marley made an impact on this world on and off the stage. Also when he performed he was laying his heart out for us to connect with him. Listening to the lyrics you can tell he wasn’t producing music for his own selfish need but to create humanity to be in a better place.
AA: For me, I would say the most influential artist that has helped me and motivated me to become better is Travis Barker of Blink-182. He is such a great human being, always working on his craft and taking care of the people he loves the most on his life. That keeps me going from not only being a huge fan of his music but his lifestyle.
AR: One of the most influential artist of this time is Chance the Rapper. He serves as a true example of what it is like to succeed in today’s music industry as well as giving back to the community
IH: Every artist out there that has the chance to make it and have made it are influential in their own ways. I hear how one artist inspires someone lyrically while musically from another. For me, I’ve always been influenced by rock and metal guys and there hasn’t been much of that going around these days unfortunately. For me, bands like Pantera, Metallica, Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest, and many others have influenced me to keep going. For modern artists, Jay-Z always takes the cake in my book.

Who have you collaborated with so far in your career?

An amazing rap group called RAAA with lead rapper CeddyJay. It’s always incredible working with such greatness.

How do you think you differ from other artists?

SL: In this age we differ from artist because we are a group of best friends rocking out and telling each and every human that they have greatness inside of them while having compassion for others. This generation doesn’t have many bands in general to look up to that are on the radio now. Let alone people that are bringing the world together one stage at a time. We all come together with different styles of music from Rock, Soul, and Hip Hop. With these genres that comes together in one sound. It is an unstoppable force. That, in conjunction to our groundbreaking live performances and we are a sight and sound to be witnessed. Our secret is in our listeners. Everything we create is always with them in my mind.

Dead or alive, who would be your dream collaboration?

SL: Kendrick Lamar (because of his authentic lyrics) and BOB MARLEY!
AA: Freddy Mercury, Prince, Rage Against The Machine, Metallica, Guns & Roses and so much more.
IH: Jim Morrison, Dimebag Darrell, Biggie, and Amy Winehouse

What was the first album you bought?

SL: Michael Jackson – Off the wall
AA: Red Hot Chili Peppers- Mothers Milk
AR: Linkin park’s Hybrid Theory
IH: My Chemical Romance – Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge & Marilyn Manson: The Best of…

What’s your favourite song at the moment?

SL: DNA – Kendrick Lamar
AA: Bored To Death by Blink-182
AR: Killing in the name of – RATM
IH: Dam that River – Alice in Chains

If you had to sell your music collection tomorrow, what album would you leave in your draw?

SL: Miseducation of Lauryn Hill – Lauryn Hill
AA: The Dangerous Summer- Reach for the Sun
AR: Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory
IH: I would never sell my album collection.

What is your favourite saying?

SL: Life isn’t about finding yourself, Life is about creating yourself / KEEP MOVING FORWARD
AA: Redesign, Rebuilt, Reclaim.
AR: Learn, live in the now, and let go.
IH: “Be excellent to each other” – BIll and Ted movies

What other hobbies or interests do you have?

SL: Working out, Cooking, Yoga, Poetry
AA: Arts & Crafts, Skateboarding, and Wrestling.
AR: Dance, fitness, poetry, sketching and writing
IH: Video gaming, fashion, movies, and tattoos

Do you have any tattoos or piercings?

SL: 4 Tattoos, 4 piercings
AA: 29 Tattoos, 2 piercings.
AR: Zero tattoos, 4 piercings
IH: Yes a few and some more to be added in the future.

Tell us more about your upcoming project or this new project?

SL: We are a Rock, Hiphop band from NYC who plans to take over the world with our music. Our project is to remind you to break barriers, be in tune with your greatness and last but not least HOPE. We want to project our message and our music to the world via any means necessary. We are currently on our first national tour and will be hitting a city near you! Be sure to check out for our dates to plan your attendance on our official Quantum Split website.

What’s in the pipeline after this project?

The Quantum Split takeover…world domination through sharing our music and message.

Thank you for your time and may you carry on making great, fresh music.

Thank you so much.