Interviews: VALCATA

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Symphonic Metal project, VALCATA from different countries of the world. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

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

It's a combination of the word 'falcata' (an ancient weapon) and Valhalla. It's nothing too deep or extraordinary, we just wanted something cool and catchy that captured our sound.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

Symphonic metal and progressive metal are styles of music that are so limitless and exciting in their possibilities. Of course, this is true for all genres, but there's an element of theatricality, storytelling, and intensity of sounds that draws us to this style of music.

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

Actually no, not really. The line-up of this project tends to vary with each release, so there are always new faces joining.

4. Each band member's favorite band?

Oha Cade (composer, synths): Unexpect

Stefani Keogh (vocals): Lord of the Lost Marcos L. Peńate (vocals) — Epica Jonas Schütz (drums) — Bleed from Within João Miguel (guitars) — At the Gates Chris Kollias (bass) — Dream Theater

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Our lyrics are inspired by a lot of things. Anything from current affairs, to sci-fi movies, to personal experience. But I guess the main inspiration comes from the exciting idea of creating something from nothing.

6. Where was your last gig?

Honestly, I can't remember! We used to play live in the late 2000's when the initial band was formed, but Valcata is a worldwide remote project, so we don't play live currently. However, we definitely hope to bring this music to the live stage at some point.

7. Where would you like to act?

I would love for us to perform at St. Vitus in Queens, NYC. It's an amazing venue and I've seen a lot of great shows there.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

There are so many bands and artists that we would like to collaborate with. It's impossible to name them all, but some names in symphonic metal would be vocalists Melissa Bonny (Ad Infinitum), Tommy Karevik (Kamelot/Seventh Wonder), and Sabine Edelsbacher (Edenbridge). It would be a dream to have a guitar solo from John Petrucci (Dream Theater) on one of our tracks, or perhaps co-write some songs with great metal composers such as Mark Jansen (Epica), Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) or Martijn Westerholt (Delain). We're also not limited to just metal collaborations. Rina Sawayama is a trailblazing pop artist with that I would love to collaborate with, for example. The possibilities are endless with a project like this, which makes me excited for what the future might bring.

9. Whom not?

As the main composer and lyricist, the only collaborations that I don't see working out are with artists/bands who would want to promote political or spiritual messages that don't align with my values. This is not a hard and fast rule, and perhaps there can be some middle-ground to be found. However, music is a very powerful and personal medium, so ideally we could all get behind the sentiments in the lyrics.

10. Have any of you ever suffered from stage fright? Any tips for beginners on how to beat that?

Once you're up there and in the zone, stage fright dissipates pretty quickly. If you are really suffering from anxiety prior to the show, going for a workout or a cardio exercise an hour or two prior is a good idea. The extra endorphins will help alleviate any frightened state and the nerves won't hit you as hard.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Nightwish, Epica, Dream Theater, Seventh Wonder, Amaranthe, Unexpect, Diablo Swing Orchestra, After Forever, Kamelot, Sonata Arctica, Evanescence, just to name a few.

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

There have been some uncomfortable 'advances' that I have had to ignore or block. Social media at its finest!

13. What do you think of your fans?

They have the most excellent taste!! :) But truly, we are incredibly lucky to be in touch with so many amazing people. Those who follow us and support us, I talk to as many of them as I can and they are really wonderful. I'm extremely grateful that they have found us and we found them!

14. What do you think of our site?

It's a really awesome source for discovering new bands and giving a platform to hidden talent. We are honored that you reached out to us!

15. Something to add?

Check out our latest single 'Paralyzed', follow us on social media, get in touch with us, let us know what you think of our music, and help us get the word out there! There's lots more to come.

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