ALCHEMY

With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to ALCHEMY. Answers by Cristiano Stefana, guitar and Marcello Spera, vocals. Anders Ekdahl ©2019

How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music
(Cristiano, guitarist) It was quite difficult, having recently started playing together, we spent several days going through many names before finding one that sounded good and represented a common idea. The name Alchemy is perfect to indicate the manipulation of sounds to create new, powerful music.

What was it that made you want to be in a band in the first place?
(C) When I was sixteen I used to listen to a lot of hard rock bands like Guns N ‘Roses, AC/DC, Van Halen, Ratt, Dokken, etc… and the idea of being part of a rock band, sharing loud music, energy and fun with the people was really cool for me.

As I am no musician, I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
(C) There is a sort of consciousness alteration in the earlier development of the idea and a rational part in the arrangement. We try to give a shape to our feelings thanks to musical language. I think it can be applied to every creative process.

When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
(C) As a band member playing music makes me feel part of a worldwide movement. Music is a beautiful and common language, when you speak it I have a feeling that makes me feel part of something bigger and wonderful.

How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
(C) The look is very important, it’s often the first thing that people notice, it can give an idea of the kind of music and give a sense of belonging.

What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
(Marcello, singer) Our lyrics are mainly influenced by our own experiences: writing a song about a special moment in your life is one of the best ways to remember it forever. The themes can vary, depending on the writer’s feeling at the moment, but again, we rarely build a story/idea from scratch, there is always something real behind.
On the other hand, we always write the music first and then add up the lyrics. Most of the times we don’t even write “real” lyrics for the demo tapes, because we know we will have to fine-tune and refine them later on anyway.

Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
(C) From an artistic point of view, in my opinion, the album remains the best way to represent the artist.
From a commercial point of view, especially for mainstream products, the release of singles on digital platforms, and not subsequently supported by an album, seems to be effective.

Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
(C) I think the digital format will be increasingly present in the musical world, however physical support will not totally disappear.
Owning and touching a CD or vinyl and leafing through the booklet will always have a hidden and irreplaceable charm.

How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
(C) We love playing live, it’s a great chance to feel our fans and share our energy with them!
(M) We try to make our live shows unique from any point of view. Interactions with the crowd, special guests and special effects are one of our secret weapons to succeed in this!

What lies in the future?
(C) We are currently working with “Burning Minds Music Group” on a very interesting project. In the future there will certainly be another album and more live activity.
(M) We can’t wait to be back on stage!

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