PSYCHEDELIC WITCHCRAFT has a name that invokes images of rituals performed in the woods under a fullmoon. ©2016 Anders Ekdahl
Could you please introduce the band to us?
-Yes! Psychedelic Witchcraft is a rock band, basically we are inspired mainly by good ’70s rock ‘n’roll music and by every sound that we find honest and inspires us to keep going on wiriting and playing. We clearly have occult vibes going on, and that’s because it’s what we love, in terms of inspiration and to express many life metaphors but I think that we basically are a rock band.
When you form how easy is it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going??
-It just comes naturally when I’m inspired, it doesn’t take too much time to write a song, it really comes naturally from what I feel inside. I never push myself to write, I only do that when I feel I have to.
How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
-The band name was inspired manily by the fact that we like to mix many stuff with an occult vibe/theme. For us Psychedelic is not necessary a psychedelic sound many times, but just a phrase that represent well what we are doing, how we act and how we love to mix different sounds into one or more songs, to create our own sound. Witchcraft as I said before is all the occult and magic vibe that surrounds our sound and my love for magic and all of his meanings.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Image is important as much as the music is, I mean, We just want to be coherent to our project and to the sound that We want to share. I think everyone could see us in a different way. I really care about the people that listen to our music, but I never planned “how to be” or “what kind of impression” I wanted to give. Everything that We do even in terms of music, it’s just being ourselves, I’ve never forced anyone to dress or act in a particulare way, because it wouldn’t have worked. We are just a bunch of guys that really dig rock music and try to play it as best as they can.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-I think it’s very important. The artwork is just another piece that represents the music that You are making. For “Black Magic Man” I decided to use only my face, because during that time I was alone and there wasn’t really anybody else involved in this project, so I felt that putting only my face was the right choice. For our first album We decided to put me on the front cover. The full artwork will be completed with all band members inside and other stuff that represents our Vision. And this is very important, for the new album cover I really have to thank Branca Studio for being so patient with us, because I made them do at least 3 covers before finding the perfect one, so thanks to them We finally found a good cover for the new record.
How do you avoid being affected by the hype likes on youtube and facebook can create on social media?
-I mean, I have to be honest, for me it all started because of social media. I posted my first song “Angela” on youtube and suddenly many people were following me and asking me for more music. I guess it’s a good start, but You always have to keep your feet close to the ground (way of saying) and work hard everyday, and play as many gigs as possible to actually prove that You can play and you deserve all the “hype” so I’m not very affected nowdays by social media ; They are a good way to talk to the people and the fans and to share the music, but We all know We just started and We have a long way to go.
When you play in a metal band does it feel like you are a part of massive community?
-Oh well, I really don’t know because I think we are not a metal band. I always define this band as a rock one that was discovered by the metal community and I don’t really know if it is big or small, but I’m really glad (We all are) to be part of the metal community. It’s just so overwhelming how all this people reacted so good to our music, even people that are used to listen to really heavy stuff. For me was a complete shock and I have to thank this amazing community for his support, I wouldn’t be here writing to You without them. I hope I answered to your question 🙂
How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do that you cannot so on your own?
-I think it’s important but not fundamental. Signing to a good label is not only important to be known better to the world and to get on tour ect.. but I think that for the musician it’s a form of recognition. But again, everyone has its own path, I know so many good bands that didn’t sign with anyone and they are out right now on the road kicking everybody’s ass with their music. So in the end what it really counts is the music, and the people.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We have just started. This project was born 7/8 months ago and the band was formed only 3 months ago I guess so We are organizing ourselves to get on tour as soon as possible outside Italy. It’s not easy of course because we are not a band that signed with any major label, We’re doing everything on our own, so We are really working forward to pack everything and get on the road soon. In the meantime We have some Gigs booked. We’re going to start the shows near our hometown : near Florence this Friday at No Cage, then We are going to play at Heavy Psych Sound Fest in Rome and the day after we are going to open in Pisa the concert of John Garcia. And other gigs are coming, so we can’t wait to play!!
What will the future bring?
-Our EP “Black Magic Man” will be reprint by Taxi Driver Records (with a new artwork I guess) for the start of the new year. Then We want to put the new record out as soon as possible and as I said before who knows what the future will bring to us ? We just want play as much as possible and share our music !!! 🙂
Thank You very much for this interview, best regards, Virginia!