Interview with vocalist Priscila from the band Ptolemea and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
Ptolemea is a dark folk band, with atmospheric sounds, tribal beats.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
I was born in Luxembourg but both my parents are portuguese. I started doing music quiet late, at the age of 26. I studied law and after I got my masters in Business law I had a burn out, needed a break and started taking singing classes, guitar lessons and I never went back to law.
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?
For this album Chelsea Wolfe was a big inspiration, most of all her album Abyss. It was while listening to it that I decided to use a moog synthesiser for my songs.
The thing that inspired me the most for the Balanced Darkness album was the shamanic experience with Ayahuasca I had a few years ago and that changed my life in so many aspects.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
To tour/travel around the world, play on big stages but also in small intimate venues, meeting people, share opinions and authentic moments, having meaningful conversations …
PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?
It’s exhausting ! But I try to do my best and not focus too much on that aspect…
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
I have a few concerts planned in France for this year. A few await to be confirmed.
Usually I go to these places myself. For instance in May I will go to Portugal to talk directly with promoters of a few venues and see if I can play there… It usually works!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
I think of it as exposure opportunities instead of an income source…that way I don’t get frustrated 😉
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Since I’ve been loving you from Led Zeppelin…because it is just epic!!
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
I am preparing a show for the Roadburn Festival where I will play with another project of mine Judasz & Nahimana.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
Band/Artist location – Luxebourg
Website – Facebook – You Tube – Soundcloud – Bandcamp – Merch –
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