THE KREOLES sounds like a backing band to Elvis but that they are not. There is more to this band than that. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
You have one of these names that does not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-Find a name for a band is always hard. The risk to give a name used already from some band is high… The name should be easy to remember, original and, most of all, personal. We came up with “The Kreoles” when the band was established, we were looking for something that truly represented both our purposes for the future and the nature of the band, but most of all we didn’t want to pick a predictable name. That was our first priority. Mainly the meaning of our name is “new creation”.
Could you give us a short introduction to the band?
-The Kreoles is a musical project created and founded by Ivan McSimon, Como-based producer, songwriter and guitar player who previously played with his first band, Dyve – two albums for them, ‘Dust Of An Age’ (2005, Lucretia Records), and ‘Inside’ (2008, UK Division) – gaining some breaks into the Italian and foreign market. The idea behind The Kreoles took form throughout 2011: the purpose is giving life to a new musical path, in order to cause an almost-new styleIron Maiden, that’s for sure. Annihilator (Ivan McSimon is a great fun of Jeff Waters). Ozzy Osbourne.What marks out this band first is the female voice of Valentina Merlo, young singer who is able to combine sweetness with creative energy through decisive cadences and modulations, everything in the belly of songs rooted in rock/metal genre, which is the trademark of this four-piece Italian band.Ivan McSimon’s olden collaboration included high-famed artists as Timo Kotipelto (Stratovarius), Andre Matos (Viper, Angra, Shamaan), Doro Pesch and Blaze Bayley (Wolfsbane, Iron Maiden).
What would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-The biggest influence about our sound is a blend of several band sound such as Iron Maiden, Annihilator, Ozzy.
What is the scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
-In our country is very difficult to stand out with your own music, most of the people are not interested in something new, they just prefere to listen to already popular songs. That has a great influence on all the original band that play their own songs, not only in our musical genre.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-Well, it’s hard to say. For us is more living our dreams or our passion, maybe call it “a movement” is too much. Anyway, the chance to share our music with other people is a unique experience, it feels like opening your own heart and mind to other people, other lives and other realities outside yourself. In this sense, yes, it is like being part of something bigger.
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-A great album cover should complete visually the music of the album itself. For that being original and well made is not enought, it also has to be in sync with the sound and the lyrics. The choice of the colours, the style and the subjects must follow this rule.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
– That’s a very tricky question! In the band we have different opinions about that. The music’s commerce is living a process of evolution caused by the constant grew of the technology progress. That’s for sure a hard time for artists who want to live with and for their own music, but this process is also inevitable.
Digital killed a part of music. The negative thing is the easy free download and sharing of music files with no gain for artist, the positive thing is that with sharing you can make know your musical propose through social network and audio platform. Few people buy cd and artists can gain something from merchandise sale or show.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-Here in Italy there are some band like our, the problem is the same: it’so difficult to play if you’re not a cover band.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-It dependes a lot of the circumstances such as the audience, the stage and the atmosphere. Sometimes you feel like you are livin’ the show of your life, exactly as an old time rockstar, other times you feel like you are playing in your cousin’s garage. However, what make the difference is the intensity that you put in your performance. If you give 100% of yourself in the music that you are playing even the audience will feel it and will repay you.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-More opportunities to play for all musicians and bands who spend much time e money to realize their own projects, and that the music can have more value for the new generation.