Below you can find the full video podcast episode from our YouTube channel. To listen on all other platforms, click here.

On this episode I am joined by guitarist & songwriter of the Symphonic Metalcore band Crown Solace, Valentyn Tkach 🤘❤️

Val is a fantastic musician based up in Aberdeen, Scotland and the driving force behind the band which he founded during lock down in 2020, pioneering a unique modern metal approach to the traditional Symphonic Metal sound.

The band are on a hot streak, having just released their debut EP ‘Animus’ on August 3rd – an incredible 5 track record you simply cannot miss! Of course featuring fellow band members Callum Hutchinson on Bass, Menzies Johnson on Drums, and sensational sopranist Pete Rawcliffe on vocals.

We also got to chat about Val’s musical journey, all the way from playing the balalaika as a child for a UK Russian folk orchestra to his teenage years playing in Metalcore bands. There are certainly some unique aspects to his story that were fun to delve into!

Val is also a really switched on guy that runs his own businesses, having also studied business & economics at university. This lead to a really great chat about many aspects of the music business, with a lot of valuable takeaways for people looking to get into the industry.

Overall it was a lot fun chatting with Val and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did 🙂

WJR ❤️


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00:33 – Introduction & Synopsis

01:11 – Overview of Val & Crown Solace

03:39 – The Sound & Influences of Crown Solace

10:02 – The Bands Writing & Production Process

24:37 – Preparing to Play Live

28:07 – Val’s Musical Journey

47:55 – Music Business Talk / Val’s Career

1:13:25 – Spotify & the Streaming Industry

1:27:10 – Interests Outside of Music

1:30:55 – Closing Sentiments

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