'Solace' is about love; interestingly enough, it didn't start out that way. Few of my works ever do. When I started working on 'Solace', it was titled 'Midnight Lights', and it was meant to represent a (or provide texture to) a night drive.
I remember a day, after I completed a DJ set at a local party, I was driving back home listening to 'Monophobia' by deadmau5. That feeling of just me and the road and the music, watching the streetlights blur together, listening to the music rise and fall... it was incredible.
I wanted to capture and replicate that feeling, which I think is still present in the track.
Since then, however, the meaning of the music has evolved, which is especially prevalent in the video. There's a lot of emotion in it – I made it during a turbulent time in my life where there was a lot of shifting emotions and sorrow, but also so much beauty and good things.
The extended mix of 'Solace' is actually the original mix. I tend to make longer, drawn-out intros with just synths and other elements before the beat actually kicks in, but then I chop it down to an acceptable length and package it as an 'original mix'.
Solace' is about love. It's about finding love in others, it's about accepting that love, and learning to love yourself when that love is no longer there.
I re-watched The Good Place recently. The video is ispired by Chidi's speech to Eleanor at the very end: 'Picture a wave. In the ocean. You can see it, measure it, its height, the way the sunlight refracts when it passes through. And it's there. And you can see it, you know what it is. It's a wave. And then it crashes in the shore and it's gone. But the water is still there. The wave was just a different way for the water to be, for a little while. You know it's one conception of death for Buddhists: the wave returns to the ocean, where it came from and where it's supposed to be.'
Love is something similar. You can try to hold on to the wave as much as you want, but sometimes the wave will stop being a wave.
It doesn't mean the love is gone – it's just different now. It's okay to miss the wave and give it value. It's okay to want it again.
You'll make peace with it all, in the end. We loved each other before the wave and we will love each other after it.
Our love will just be different.