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Interviews: Alchemia


On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the  Metal band, Alchemia from Brazil. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1.Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

Victor Piiroja: I was thinking for a long time about different ideas to name the band. Alchemia was the perfect match because our music is a mix from several genres and influences, like an Alchemist that mix a lot of ingredients to create something unique, we wanted to do the same with our music.

2.Why did you want to play this genre?

We’ve considered our genre Horror Metal, with that idea, we can do anything. Putting together traditional heavy metal, black and death metal plus orchestrations and some electronic details, also we truly love horror movies and their theme soundtracks, all of this together represents Alchemia.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

I’ve created Alchemia alone in my studio, after the songwriting, I’ve invited musicians and made auditions to find the right members. I’ve already played with Wally D’Alessandro in another band years ago, so he was always an easy choice for me. Alex Cristopher is a crazy and technical drummer that I had in my radar for a long time, Rodrigo Maciel played with Alex in the past and is a great guitar player. We had some lineup changes in the bass, to finally find FIFAS, amazing player and crazy as the rest of our band!

4. Each band member favourite band?

Victor Piiroja: Can’t be only one, my favourites are: Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Metallica, Rammstein, Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth, Faith No More 

Rodrigo Maciel: Trivium

Wally D’Alessandro: Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir, Mushroomhead

Alex Cristopher: Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir, Behemoth

FIFAS: Beneath the Massacre

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

On Inception I wrote about personal experiences and the horrors inside our minds, the mental prison that we’ve created within our fears and beliefs, I grab inspiration about human behavior. I’ve always been passionate about psychology and horror stories.

6. Where was your last gig?

Our last gig was in October 2019 at Horror Expo Brazil, we were the opening act to Therion

7. Where would you like to act?

In every country as possible, we want to show our music everywhere. In 2022 we will do our European Tour, hopefully will be a better year for everyone with the vaccines.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Judas Priest, Cradle of Filth, Rob Zombie would be amazing!

9. Whom not?

We are always open to play and collaborate with any band an musicians that are honest with their music.

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

Victor Piiroja: for me only once, in my first show as a teenager, I was a stage virgin, so was really shy going to the mic and it was a festival with a big audience, when my lips touched the mic in the first second, I’ve received a big electric shock, so I made a big jump and the audience screamed yeahhhhhhhhh, they thought it was part of the show! Hahahahahaha, since them, every concert was a fun experience. For the beginners I would say, practice a lot, create visual communication with the fans and the most important: enjoy yourself during the journey!

Alex Cristopher: in my case, only once too, but quickly the fear become pleasure, I really love to play live, to feel the energy with the crowd. If you want to be a musician and playing live, you cannot fear the stage, that’s the best part of everything!

FIFAS: No! But I think that a great part of the panic can be caused by afraid of making mistakes; so, a cool tip can be, get good at your instrument, so you can actually enjoy the experience of playing live.

Wally D’Alessandro: fear is normal, not leaving things to the last minute helps a lot, besides is important to being you on stage, and the fear goes away. Rodrigo Maciel: of course, already, this is normal. The best advice I can give you is: do your homework. Study and work on the songs and don't leave it until the last minute. At the stage, you have to focus on your performance and if you are insecure about the songs you are going to play, it will be a problem.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

In my voice, I always wanted to change and flow within different styles, grabbing inspiration and learning a lot to be creative and performing what’s inside my mind. I have inspiration and a lot of admiration and respect for Rob Halford, King Diamond, Andre Matos, Rob Zombie, Mike Patton, talking about instrumental we can consider bands as Judas Priest, Sepultura, Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir, Rob Zombie and many other references that are already in our soul.

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

Victor Piiroja: our fans are really special for us, I personally reply every message in our social media channels, and I really appreciate their support, I think the craziest thing a fan asked me was a marriage proposal and she was not kidding! hahaha

13. What do you think of your fans?

I’ve created music that I personally enjoy hearing, and the most amazing thing for me is to share it with thousands of people that agree with you and see themselves in our music. We’ve put our soul in Alchemia and this is for our fans. They mean the world for us.

14. What do you think of our site?

Your work is amazing! Great questions! Thank you for the space and the opportunity to share about Alchemia with your audience!

15. Something to add?

Stay safe and stay metal! The pandemic is almost over but we need to take care of each other. Hopefully soon we will be on tour playing for all of you! Follow us in our social media channels to keep in touch at @alchemiabandofficial

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