Interview with Alex Centorame, Lead Vocalist – Blood of Indigo and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
AC: I am a harsh vocalist, so I write song lyrics and do a whole lot of screaming! Sometimes I also get to utilize my voice acting chops, and play characters or narrate stories. I love playing around with my voice!
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
AC: I first got into playing music when I was a kid. I took piano lessons from Kindergarten until I started High School, but I eventually pursued vocals as my primary instrument because of my passion for experimenting with the voice. It wasn’t until I was in my early 20s when I realized that I had the potential to use my voice to tell stories through Metal music. I worked on my craft, took vocal lessons, watched the Melissa Cross: Zen of Screaming DVDs on repeat, and I eventually formed Blood of Indigo in 2017 with Mariusz Syposz and Nathan Gross, who I consider two of my best friends.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
AC: Some of our biggest musical influences as a band are: Dimmu Borgir, Nightwish, Epica, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Septic Flesh, Carach Angren, Periphery, Dream Theater, Children of Bodom, Arch Enemy, and Amon Amarth. I personally take a lot of inspiration from Angela Gossow because of the intensity and raw emotion in her vocal delivery. I also love Ben Duerr from Shadow of Intent for his beastly tone. Our non-musical influences come from video games like: Dark Souls, Bloodborne, Bioshock, Diablo 2, and Legend of Zelda. We’ve worked the themes from those video games into the sound of our music, our presentation, artwork, storytelling, and overall branding.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
AC: I have so many! Our first goal, as a band, is to successfully release our debut album, “Dawn of The Shaded World” and continue to tell stories from the Blood of Indigo universe through our music, as we are currently writing our second album while mixing and mastering our debut album. Personally, I’ve always had a dream of performing at Wacken Open Air. I actually wrote it down before I became a vocalist and started Blood of Indigo with the guys. I wrote it down with a Sharpee marker on a paper towel because it was the closest thing I could find to write on while I was standing in my kitchen. I knew that this was something I needed to do in my life. It says “I will perform at Wacken Open Air.” I still have it folded up in my drawer. I’ve held onto it for years. I know it will happen!
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
AC: We, as a band, write our songs together and take on different tasks with the same goal and vision in mind. Mariusz writes the guitar riffs, drums, and contributes to the production of our sound. Nathan writes the orchestration, the piano sections, and also contributes to the production of our sound. I write the song lyrics/the lore, the lead vocals, and I contribute to the branding and positioning of our band. I would say we all focus on the things we’re good at and emphasize those strengths by empowering each other to bring our best efforts forward. We are very fortunate to have found each other because we have amazing chemistry and the same vision. Sometimes it feels like we share the same brain, but we operate different parts of it to make great things happen and bring our vision to life! We are a concept band, meaning that all of our songs and albums branch from our fictional Blood of Indigo universe. Each track explores characters and events within the story. This album is a small piece of a bigger puzzle. We plan on creating cinematic lyric videos, music videos, audio books, and comic books, and many more full-length albums to enhance our storytelling and present our audience with a bigger picture with each release! Some songs are origin stories about important characters and others are events which take place within the plot. I took inspiration from the Legend of Zelda series and the way they tell stories with their games. I love how they offer such a wide range of possibilities and outcomes, depending on which games you play. The song, “Novice Pyromancy” takes place during the character Kapario’s childhood. That track is loaded with Easter eggs which we plan to connect to our second album. No spoilers yet, though!
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
AC: We like to use social media as well as email marketing. We’ve been building our audience mainly via Facebook and Instagram over the past few years and we’ve been receiving some amazing feedback about our three song giveaway while building our email list. We’ve just released “Angelus, the ‘Faceless’ Vampire” to Bandcamp and we’re very happy with the growing awareness of our music. Email is super important because it creates a direct line of communication between us and our fans. For social media, I like to post atleast once a day to Facebook and Instagram. I like to follow the rule of posting content that would be “personal, professional, or promotional.” It’s a great way to keep your posts consistent and interesting. I learned this strategy from studying at Savvy Musician Academy which is a marketing program for independent musicians. Another great strategy I learned from SMA was to critically analyze your own content before posting it. You can do this by asking yourself whether the post would be entertaining, inspiring, or informative. It’s a great way to narrow down your ideas for what to post and since I do it daily, I get lots of practice in determining what content works best for our audience. So far, I’ve gathered that our audience loves Metal and video games. More specifically, they love dark sounding Symphonic Metal and RPG games like Bloodborne which makes perfect sense because our music is so heavily inspired by that game!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
AC: I think it’s a great way for musicians to introduce their music to new fans. It makes it very accessible to someone who might just be curious about your band, but not fully committed to the idea of buying the entire album yet. They might need to hear a few of your songs first before they decide to become a fan. For musicians, a free song download works really well as a lead magnet to your email list, so fans can subscribe and become part of your ecosystem. The cool thing about email is that you have a direct line of communication with your fans and you skip through the noise of social media and algorithm changes. You go straight to their inbox where there are no other distractions.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
AC: I wish I had written Vredesbyrd by Dimmu Borgir. It has to be one of my all time favourite songs by the band. The arrangements and song structure are just flawless. Everything happens at the right time! Not to mention it’s an absolutely epic and evil sounding masterpiece! I believe all of the vocals are written and performed in Norwegian, which makes it even more amazing! I highly recommend listening to this track!
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
AC: My biggest pet peeve would have to be mosquitos… Ah yes, the vampires of the insect kingdom. I get eaten alive by them every year and funny enough, after scratching a mosquito bite to the point where it started bleeding, I wrote the lyrics “Mosquito bites to show our blood” in the song, “Anne Marie Indigo.” It’s funny how some of my favourite song lyrics on this album came to me during the most mundane activities.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
AC: So far, my proudest moment in music has been creating our debut album, “Dawn of The Shaded World.” This has been the most creatively fulfilling experience of my entire life and I’m so proud of what we have created. We’re already starting to write sections for album 2, even while mixing and mastering our first album! We still haven’t played any shows yet because we decided to focus on creating an album first, build our fanbase online, and play shows when we are ready to perform in front of an audience. Playing live is a completely different beast from recording an album and we are so excited to put on an epic and memorable show when the time is right.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
AC: Right now we are finishing the mixing and mastering for our debut album, “Dawn of The Shaded World” which we are planning to release in 2022. Over the next 12 months, we’ll be aiming to build our fanbase and email list with our “3 Days of Dark Fantasy Metal” campaign where we are giving away three songs from our album to let people hear what our music sounds like! Next, we’ll be releasing three singles with cinematic lyric videos for the songs “Angelus, the ‘Faceless’ Vampire, “Sphynx, Collector of Eyes”, and “Anne Marie Indigo” to tell the stories of the songs!
If you would like to sign up for “3 Days of Dark Fantasy Metal” I’ve provided the link below:
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
AC: We currently have one song on Bandcamp titled, “Angelus, the ‘Faceless’ Vampire. It’s a song about a vampire who’s been sentenced to death by execution, under the rule of a merciless king, but when things don’t go according to plan, Angelus takes matters into his own hands. Blood and destruction await the kingdom of Gander. As I mentioned in my previous answer, we also have our “3 Days of Dark Fantasy Metal” Campaign where we are giving away three of our songs for three days, to let new fans preview our album.
Here is the link to sign up:
Our webshop is still in the works at this time, but signing up for “3 Days of Dark Fantasy Metal” will add you to our mailing list, so you can be the first to know when our pre-orders are available and you can purchase our debut album! We are grateful for your support!