Interviews: CARMERIA

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Dark Symphonic Metal band, CARMERIA from Australia. 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?

The name 'Carmeria' is an amalgamation of the words 'Carmina Miseria', which in Latin loosely translates to 'Songs of Misery.' After previously trialing several alternatives, we felt this name to be best suited to the type of music we were looking to write.

2.Why did you want to play this genre? 

Most of us are long-term fans of the Symphonic Metal genre, and really enjoy creating within that space. The idea of marrying metal and classical elements appeals greatly to us as songwriters, and it just so happens that our compositional stylings tend to fall quite naturally within the Symphonic Metal classification.

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

The band has undergone many line-up changes throughout the years. Whilst some of us were friends prior to forming Carmeria as it stands today, the band is what has brought us together for the most part.

4. Each band member favourite band? 

It's incredibly hard to pick a favourite band due to the amount of music we all listen to, but within the symphonic/gothic/power metal soundscape, each member's favourite bands is:

Jordan - Kamelot

Jerry - Stratovarious

Mishka - HIM

Lachlan - Nightwish

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Everyone draws inspiration differently. Personally, for me it's the excitement of creating something new that spurs on my willingness to write. I feel we also take inspiration from life events, artists that we admire, and the idea of collaborating. 

6. Where was your last gig? 

Unfortunately our last show was over a year ago due to the pandemic. We played at Frankie's Pizza in Sydney Australia, and had a fantastic night. We can't wait to play live again now that venues are starting to open back up in Australia

7. Where would you like to act? 

Ideally we'd love to perform all over the world, however Europe seems to be where this genre of music flourishes the most, so that is definitely on our bucket list. Crafting the opportunity to perform overseas is something we've worked on for a very long time, and we're excited to explore that possibility once we're allowed to travel again.

8. Whom would you like to feature with? 

There are a lot of bands we'd love to feature/collaborate with, and a lot of artists we'd love to have featured on our material too. Personally, I'd love to feature on an Ayreon or Avantasia album one day.

9. Whom not?

No one for the moment. We're always open to the possibility of collaborating with like-minded musicians.

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

I used to experience stage fright quite a bit in the early years. Time and experience helped me greatly, and I strongly believe that the key lies in honing your craft, and maintaining consistency. Practice makes perfect.

11. What bands have inspired you the most? 

Kamelot are a big influence of ours. The live performance of 'Abandoned' from their 'One Cold Winter's Night' DVD was the reason I fell in love with this genre, and really set me on the path to learning how to write and sing within this sound. Other influences the band draws from include Symphony X, Nightwish, HIM, and Stratovarius to name a few.

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

We haven't had any strange requests from fans as of yet.

13. What do you think of your fans? 

We absolutely adore our fans. They are an incredibly large part of why we do what we do.

14. What do you think of our site?

Looks good to us!

15. Something to add? 

We will be releasing our full length debut album titled 'Advenae' on the 14th of May. We have one more single we will be dropping ahead of its release, so keep an eye out for that.

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