Hi! Tell me about your band and what kind of previous experience do you have as musicians?
We are Alkemy from Bergamo, Italy. When the band was founded, some years ago, by Simon (gtr/vocals) and Filippo (drums), the genre was closer to melodic hardcore, influenced by the musical background of the two founders. When Simone (gtr) and Nicolò (vocals) joined, the feel of the band switched immediately to what it is now, a mix of heavy atmosphere rooted in metal and grind core, deathcore, technical and black.
Why did you pick your band name? How did you form? Why did you decide to play the genre or genres you do?
The name ALKEMY was picked by pure chance. After playing for months as a nameless band because we still hadn’t found the right name, the choice fell on the brand of Filippo’ s cymbals set, ALCHEMY, where the ‘CH’ was replaced by a ‘K’ to state a heavier and harder sound and feel (need to be familiar with the Italian language to get this…)
Our first EP ‘Creepyville’ marked the end of our ‘kidcore’ ideas, picking influences from Asking Alexandria, BMTH, Avenged Sevenfold and a little shade of Slam from Acrania. We’ ve known each other since we were kids, so this evolving progress of the genre is caused by different influences of the single components as music listener and as musicians.
Our next full length album will be realized on a more technical asset, with less vocal lines built on a more refined and melodic track, keeping our origins but adding heavier riffs and breakdowns.
What can you tell us about your latest record?
Creepyville is our first dream come true. Since the first heavy single we wrote, introducing breakdowns, deep growl vocal parts and pig squeals, guitar riffs harmonizations, we built piece after piece these 5 songs. Each single track of Creepyville is part of a tale starting from ‘The Cave of Sober Minds’ which is the place where the trip begins and all humans loose themselves.
What the kind of album feedbacks are you waiting for?
This first experience brought along many expectations that were partly turned down after the release of Creepyville, as it is so very hard to match your everyday life (work, relationships, family, hobbies) with your music dreams but we hope that this project will reach as many metalheads around the scene as possible.
Are you gonna to make some world tour in the future? Do you think this is available for everybody option to tour around the globe? What do you think band have to do to get such opportunity?
Yes, a world tour would be most welcomed and our individual availability depends on future perspectives and gain, because making your own music is something you do for passion but, of course, you need some money return for it.
What do you think about online music sharing? Do you ever give your music away for free? Why?
Free music sharing implies a money loss, especially for the authors. It may be a good idea but it has led so far to a fall in quality.
Nowadays there seems to be no choice because the net is open.
Do you have a formal music education? Do you think it’s a Kind of important thing?
Formal basic education is of course necessary even though only some of us have one.
We are mainly self taught musicians, some of us did receive musical teaching but we’ re naturally gifted and this is enough for the moment. Maybe if we will get famous, we will start to be serious about learning the basics of music.
How do you handle mistakes during a performance? Or you can assure there are no any mistakes during your gigs? Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?
Mistakes are handled very naturally. We just keep on going.