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Soulsplitter is a highly dedicated Germany-based music and arts collective founded by the musicians Fenix (drums), Simon (guitars), Daniel (keys) and Felix (bass). They started writing on their debut record “Salutogenesis” in 2016, eager from the start to melt their musical backgrounds and influences into a new and original sound. Inspired by the Progressive Rock from the seventies as well as modern Metal sounds, Jazz harmonies and the intricate classical compositions of the late romanticism, their sound evokes reminiscences of Dream Theater, Steven Wilson and Opeth – but also Pink Floyd, Emerson, Lake and Palmer or Queen.
The album itself consists of seven songs which act like movements in a coherent story, telling a tale of love, death, meaning and self-awareness. A team of Berlin artists is creating a mixture of hand-drawn animations and graphic novel to accompany the performance and to bring the underlying concept of „Salutogenesis“ to life.
You can be excited for a 60-minute audiovisual trip into a world not unlike ours, yet completely different. The realms of Science-Fiction and Mythology, of dream and reality, of music and animation will merge and take you on a journey to your own „Salutogenesis“.
Soulsplitter is all about the music. But also about performance, emotions, experiences and images. It is therefore drawing in artists from all branches, aiming to create extensive, genre-bending projects – while also striving to provide inspirational and meaningful content to foster catharsis and space for personal development and connection between both the recipients and the artists themselves.
Fenix grew up with classical music, being especially fascinated by great musical storytellers like Sergej Rachmaninov, Carl Orff and John Williams. Later he found similar capabilities with Pro-gressive musicians who were able to transfer the atmosphere and richness he seeked into a modern context. Examples include Opeth, Haken, Steven Wilson and Björk.
Daniel’s musical background goes back to oldschool Funk as well as to traditional Jazz.
Being inspired by Oscar Peterson, George Duke, Cory Henry and Jacob Collier but also listening to Rock and classical music, Daniel tries to find his own unique sound, whether using the piano or different electric piano, organ or synth sounds.
Simon got inspired by influential player’s like John Petrucci, Tosin Abasi and Rick Graham, amongst others. He has his roots in Rock music and then got more and more interested in Jazz and classical music.
Felix grew up listening to 70s Prog bands like Pink Floyd, ELP and Jethro Tull as well as modern Prog artists like Steven Wilson. Over the last ten years he has been playing with several bands ranging from Pop to Metal – until he found his way back to his roots with Soulsplitter.
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