Lindsay Schoolcraft is a singer, songwriter, harpist, and pianist from the city of Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. She was discovered and recruited by the British extreme heavy metal band Cradle of Filth in 2013 and promoted to full-time membership in 2014. Since then she has embarked on many world tours and appears on albums “Hammer of The Witches” (2015) and “Cryptoriana: The Seductiveness of Decay” (2017) both released under Nuclear Blast Records.
Lindsay has received her musical training from vocal instructors, the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), and at York University in 2012 where she had to cut her studies short in order to join Cradle of Filth. She continues to study abroad in the fields of business, musical theory, and harp playing. Occasionally she coaches select vocal students, but composing for her projects and making guest appearances remain a top priority.
2019 will see the release of Lindsay Schoolcraft’s debut solo album “Martyr”. The release will be entirely independent thank you to the guidance of Savvy Musician Academy. More details to follow in the Summer and Autumn months. Her back catalog can be found at http://schoolcraftmusic.bandcamp.com
XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Lindsay: “Oh yes! My first ever solo album “Martyr is out October 11th and I wrote it with no other than Rocky Gray (Ex-Evanescence Drummer).”
XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?
Lindsay: “I’ve been an independent solo artist since 2010 and Rocky came on board at the beginning of 2016.”
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
Lindsay: “I knew I always wanted to be doing music since I was a little kid and more so pursued this since I was a teen. Bands like Kittie, Korn, and Chevelle in high school inspired me to do so.”
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Lindsay: “Mainly classical training on vocals, piano, and theory. But I also spent some months studying folk singing and harp playing. Now I just steal ideas and techniques from everywhere.”
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Lindsay: “Lots of appreciate for the darker aspects of life.”
XS ROCK: What are your immediate music career goals? (Next 1 to 3 years.)
Lindsay: “Thanks for asking! You’re the first to do so in all this press I’ve been doing lately.
I really want to get this album out and the live show functional. Then I want to work on a very special studio project before going into the studio to work on the second album next year (hopefully). I’d love to get us on tour and also doing some very special shows with lots of guest musicians and possible a small string section.”
XS ROCK: What are your long-term career goals?
Lindsay: “To do this full time and be able to get all of my song ideas recorded and out there!”
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Lindsay: “My favorite part of it all is writing and recording, but eventually I do get the itch to get back out on the road and sing to people. I love that connection.”
XS ROCK: What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Lindsay: “Mainly struggle, heartbreak, life lessons, a lot of darker emotions, but also telling spooky tales and sometimes singing about confidence and liberation.”
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
Lindsay: “It’s honestly been a really tame year touring with Cradle of Filth. For my solo project, we did get up in a retirement home one time when we played Ottawa. It was a joint retirement home and hotel. The jokes were endless…”
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Lindsay: “To have their baby.”
XS ROCK: Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
Lindsay: “In my teens and early twenties, they really didn’t get it. It wasn’t until I was on my first flight that it really made sense to them. I appreciate them helping me with music lessons though.”
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Lindsay: “Savior, Stranger, Lullaby.”
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Lindsay: “Definitely bands like Evanescence, The Birthday Massacre, Bjork, Lacuna Coil.”
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Lindsay: “It would be so cool to tour with Lacuna Coil, The Birthday Massacre, or Epica even!”
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Lindsay: “Getting this album done and released independently!”
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Lindsay: “Probably a tattoo artist or makeup artist. Or maybe even a zoologist.”
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Lindsay: “Currently I’m using Sennheiser microphones and my Camac Electric Harp.”
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Lindsay: “My local scene is awesome and the world wide scene is really something special. Metal has such a family and community about it. As far as the business goes I believe anything is possible got bands these days.”
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Lindsay: “I listen to Phil Collins with my roommates when I’m home from tour.”
XS ROCK: If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
Lindsay: “Good Old Gothic Rock Nostalgia.”
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Lindsay: “Please check out www.lindsayschoolcraft.com
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS Rock!
Lindsay: “Thanks for having me!”