Lindsay Schoolcraft is a name that any Cradle of Filth fan will instantly recognize due to her intense vocal and multi-instrumental contributions or maybe from the classical/black metal ensemble Antiqva or possibly from the Belzebubs comic and subsequent album. Wherever the name rings a bell from, there’s no doubt she’s been extremely busy. Add to all that, her solo full length debut, Marytr, just dropped earlier this week and based on the dark and brooding gothic undertones coupled with those soaring vocals (no surprise there), life is about to get even busier. We recently shared our Profile questions with Schoolcraft to get some background info so head below to see how it went down and be sure to grab a copy from the links contained within.
How did you first get into playing music, and have you achieved the level of success that you hoped for?
It started at a young age with Disney Music and singing in the school choir. It later evolved to alternative rock in high school. I feel really happy and confident with where I am now in my career. I’m also really grateful for it.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, and praised? (If you don’t have a story, please tell us any funny/embarrassing story.)
We’ve played a lot of shows for free back in the day to make up for totally messing up and slander a local promoter online due to an old manager being a complete moron. It’s a long messy story, but now that promoter is my manager. Funny how things work out.
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
I love that metal can be anything and all sub genres are welcome. One of the worst things is unfortunately some of the lack of maturity some artists have from my experience. Instead of trying to talk about things and work them out there are grudges held and it breeds so much negativity that is entirely unnecessary. It would be so much better if certain people would just let go of their egos and we could all try to care for one another and get along.
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?
Veganism has always been something close to my heart and I even wrote the song “See The Light” featuring Xenoyr of Ne Obliviscaris about this topic. Something that I also hold dear to my heart is fighting for women’s equality since I sometimes get held on the receiving end of that. It’s not fair that my gender defines my value and being perceived as “less than” is so degrading and unfair. I always try to do my best to support and care for the women around me.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
Metal was in my life since I was a teen. My parents probably did think it was a phase. I listened to Kittie, Korn, and Chevelle in high school. I wasn’t introduced to European metal like Kamelot and Nightwish until I was into my classical studies. It was a rather magical discovering back then in 2009.
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
If we stopped valuing our personal opinions which can come off as bullying and started giving more positive criticism so everyone can grow and become better at their craft.
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
I’m honestly so happy and grateful for where I am right now. If this was “just it” and nothing more grew after this I wouldn’t even be upset. I definitely want to do more to evolve and perform on the electric harp. I also plan to have more of an electronic undertone on my next solo release. All fun and exciting projects. I hope the fans really enjoy it when the time comes!
When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
Ohhh that’s a loaded question so I’m just gonna name artists! Right now I’m loving LEAH’s entire catalogue. But the newest from Sidewalks and Skeletons is always on heavy rotation. I listen to a lot of Witch House playlists on Spotify. And the last few days it’s been nothing but Trip-Hop, acts like Elsiane, Woodkid, and Portishead, because my dear friend Gaia Garuda is staying over and tracking vocals for her first solo release at Monolithic Studios here in Oshawa.
What is the 12-month outlook for you or your band? Any specific events on the horizon that the masses should be aware of?
We have a few shows this winter. And I’ll be working on a special studio project from December to February. I’ll be posting all updates on my social media!
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite)
Many thanks to Lindsay for her time!