ENCHANTYA

Portuguese ENCHANTYA has quickly turned into a new favourite for me. There is something to their metal that I can’t resist. Anders Ekdahl ©2012

It’s no secret by now that I love the meaning words take on when used in a band name. Could you please explain the choice of band name?
-Greetings! You’re the first person to ask me that! EnChanTya comes from the verb “to enchant” and then you have an A finishing the band’s name because in Portuguese most feminine words end with an A. When I started this band it was as my solo project and I wanted this to somehow “enchant” people who liked it. So I came up with this name.

What do you think Enchantya can bring to the metal scene that isn’t already there?
-I know we’ve been compared to Nightwish, Epica and Within Temptation. Those are great bands that we admire, but EnChanTya has been so far different in two things, I think. We have a strong progressive vein in our songs and you can notice that not only in the rhythms but also in the melodical lines and scales. And in our band I sing both opera/ classical vocalizations and the growlings. For me these are two things that give “personality” to our band.

When you decide on starting a new band how hard is it to find the right people to work with?
-It depends on your effort in that search but also luck. I was lucky when I started the band to find the musicians at that time, and we as band were also fortunate to find the musicians who participated in our album, and more recently Bruno Prates, our new guitarist. In our case we look for good musicians but they also have to be great in other areas, such as making videos, editing photos, so on. It’s important to work well in the music department but also when you’re not rehearsing and when you need to promote the band.

What is it like to be a metal band in Portugal? To me it doesn’t seem like too many bands make it out of Portugal?
-It’s not easy, I must say. The only band I think that can make of this a full time job is Moonspell. But they have worked real hard to be where they are now. The most difficult part must be leaving your day job and give that leap of faith into the music business. I hope that it will happen to EnChanTya, we are very committed into making our band go into a nice place.

What kind of metal pedigree is there in Portugal? I can’t seem to remember too many older bands (70s and 80s hardrock/heavy metal).
-We have two amazing bands with whom we’re going to share the stage on this Saturday, the 6th of October, Tarantula and Alkateya. There’s also Iberia, Moonspell and also my band Black Widows (an all female band, the first in Portugal). Most of these bands began in late 80s, early 90s. Pure Heavy Metal indeed!

What does it mean to be on a label like Massacre? What do you think they can do for the band?
-We feel honored and also a tremendous responsibility, now it’s time to definitely show who we are through our music. I think Massacre is doing a really nice job, I see EnChanTya in a lot of metal sites and blogs, and we receive many interviews and reviews. Besides that, is nice to feel that they also give us guidance and counseling. So far it’s been amazing!

What mistakes will you not do this time around? What did you learn from your previous band?
-Well, definitely if you have a band make sure you have good musicians but above all great human beings in your band. Somehow in the process you might find yourself in a bus hours and hours with those guys and it’d be better if you get along and share those experiences together, rather than counting the days to come back home.

How much cooperation is there between bands in Portugal? Do you share war stories? And help each other out?
-To be honest here, and I will give you my personal point of view I am always very happy and proud each time I see a Portuguese band being successful. Of course that there are people here, as in other countries, that envy success but I truly don’t know much about who they are. I like to think that there is a nice Portuguese brotherhood in metal, I know that we have also great bands with whom we’ve shared stage and were amazing to us. So I prefer to pay attention to those bands, so I cannot truly tell much about war stories or so…

I gotta say that Portugal is a tabula rasa to me. What kind of scene is there for live music? Can you do a national tour?
-There are some great qualified venues to play live music mostly in Lisbon, Almada and Oporto. We can certainly do a nacional tour in festivals and in those venues. People here like to show when they like bands, we have a very expressive audience in Portugal.

What would you like to see in the future for Enchantya?
-We want to promote “Dark Rising” as much as we can, shoot a video clip and do a lot of concerts in Portugal and also in other countries. We’re already working on these things. For the future we want as any other band, success, people appreciating our music, and to record another album because we’re already writing songs and can’t wait till we record them too.

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