EMQ’s with ACROLYSIS
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Sydney, Australia based Heavy Metal band, Acrolysis. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Konstantine Ana for taking part!
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
My name is Konstantine Ana, I’m lead vocalist and guitar player for Acrolysis. Acro spawned from wanting to play the songs I had written. So, I went online and found people who liked the music I liked and digged the tunes I wrote. That’s how I found Amit Bamay (drums) and Mytal Baba (bass guitar) We met up to jam and we really clicked well together musically, and we got on really well. Three years, two guitarists and an EP later, here we are (laughs)
How did you come up with your band name?
A medical dictionary (laughs). So, I had some songs but no name. Ran through names including ‘Evolution’, ‘Icon’ and ‘Alkali’ but I didn’t think that those would suit. I thought it would be cool for the name to be unique and not be a word. So, I saw the medical dictionary on the shelf, flicked through and came up with Acrolysis. It’s a combination of two words ‘Acro’, meaning intense or extreme. And ‘lysis’, defined as the breaking down and destruction of cells. So Acrolysis means intense cell death. Absolutely br00tal (laughs)
What country/region are you from and what is the metal/rock scene like there?
I’m Australian and we’re based in Australia, but Bamay and Baba are Nepalese. So yeah, pretty good rhythm section (laughs). The scene is small but super talented, in my opinion. Good soup of different styles, blends and sounds here in the land down under. Just to mention a few – Thrash Bandicoot, Pestilent Doom, Livewire, The Plague, Lethal Vendetta, Lunch, Astrodeath, T Rex Autopsy, Halcyon Reign, Chronic, Chillaum, Riotchain, Facing Zero, Steelswarm, Terror Bite, Avalon’s Peak.
I did say a few didn’t I? (laughs)
What is your latest release? (album, EP, single, video)
Our new single, ‘A Message to You’! Available everywhere 😊
Who have been your greatest influences?
‘Motörhead’ is a big one. I remember first time hearing ‘Ace of Spades’ and watching it on MTV back in the day. I was absolutely dumbfounded that bass guitar could make a sound like that, combined with the speed of it all and Lemmy’s voice. My four-year-old mind was blown away. ‘Metallica’ would be the band that’d make me pick up the guitar. After hearing ‘Orion’, off’ Master of Puppets’ I knew I wanted to do music, in some form. Play it, learn it, be around it.
What first got you into music?
Mandatory primary school recorder lessons (laughs). Playing the all-time classics like ‘Mary Had A Little Lamb’ and ‘Note B’, which was blowing one note with different rhythms. Doesn’t sound complicated but I picked up quick. Was recommended to join recorder group, which was the group where you’d play actual songs with difficult parts and would be arranged orchestrally. I saw a bass recorder at eight years old. Blew my fucking mind it did (laughs). I did it at the start of primary school all the way till I did high school, actually. But it wasn’t till eighth grade until it really interested me. I guess the itch had always been there.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
We collaborated with local Aussie band Reaver for our EP release coming up. That was something I always wanted to do to some extent, collaborate with other artists and make something unique and cool. It’s pretty exciting, we’ve been going at this for about two years so yeah. Being able to work with the boys from Reaver has been a pleasure and a wild experience. I think that’s why I would join their band in early 2020 as their bassist (laughs)
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Anything at this point eh? Been getting gig withdrawals over these past months. I will say though, playing Wacken would be pretty cool. Playing a stage like that with bands like that. It would absolutely blow my mind.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Well, this might sound weird but an illuminati badge. I wasn’t gifted it per se, I found it in my pedalboard one night after a gig. I had never seen it before and I didn’t put it there, so if it is yours, I have you badge. I’ve always kept it since and put it in my pedalboard during shows. It’s now like my good luck charm.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
The idea of having ‘fans’ is weird to me but if I had to say something to them, thanks for liking our shit and sticking with us. You keep listening. We’ll keep on going on. We also got lots of stuff planned down the line as well so keep an eye and ear out.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
If I had that godly power, I’d bring back Lemmy. Absolutely heart broken when I heard of his passing in 2015. He had such a unique sound and inspired the way I play bass and write music. Was and always will be an absolute badass. I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for Lemmy and Motörhead.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Love the energy. It’s pretty cool the idea that people who don’t know each other can play music together. I enjoy the energy and vibes I can create with people and it’s really a fun experience. I live for it. The only annoying bit is the amount of strings I go through. They aren’t too expensive, but you buy a couple, and they add up (laughs).
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I guess change the way artists get paid for streams. Not saying that it’s about the money but I can see that it can be very disheartening for a new band to do a recording not to get anything back from it immediately. It forced artists to find new payment methods like touring or merchandise. Or it forces them to find a way to financially support their music habit like finding work or doing other things. The landscape has evolved but I think it’s still centred around good music and the sound and talent. I don’t think that has changed.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
It’s hard to keep it at one. Metallica’s “…And Justice for All” is a banger. It’s raw, aggressive and in your face. To me, that’s a quintessential metal album. Tool’s “10,000 Days” is also a favourite of mine. Their trippy, progressive, psychedelic sound appeals to me a lot. They throw normal songwriting conventions out the window. Another is Thirty Second to Mars’ self-titled debut record. I’m a sucker for vocal harmonies and that record is full of them.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Downloads are much more convenient. I remember having a Walkman when I was a kid, so I remember how difficult it was to listen to music on the go. But nothing beats the process of going through a new vinyl. Opening it up, looking at the sleeve inside. Dropping the needle and playing it. Wondrous. The only annoying bit is that they’re fragile and it costs a pretty penny to have a good sound system. I’m gonna say CD’s, perfect blend of the two. Still have this musical journey contribute having the physical and going through it, but I can also download them on to my phone. Best of both worlds (laughs)
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Last year, we supported Nepalese and Albatross on their Sydney show. Playing to a room of 100+ people is very intimidating but super fun. People really dug us, and it was really cool seeing people get into our music. Not only that, but we did a gig a couple of hours beforehand and rushed over to do this one. So, we were absolutely beat beforehand. But it went well, I watched Albatross from a little corner on the side of the stage. Sitting there, watching bands, drinking beer. Good times.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Good question. Uh, probably be playing a crap ton of video games. I don’t really know to be honest. I’m so enamoured with music that it has become such an involved part of my life. It’s really hard to say what else I would be doing, because if it isn’t this and playing music. I wouldn’t know what else I would do.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Uh, David Bowie, Lemmy, Elton John, Jimi Hendrix and Dimebag Darrell. That would be one interesting and wild dinner party.
What’s next for the band?
We got a couple of things planned. Without giving too much away, we’re in the process of recording the first Acrolysis album. We also got a ‘live in studio’ idea being thrown around but it’s in planning stages at the moment. Right now, we’re just focused on getting this new single and the eventual EP out so people can dig their teeth into it.
What social media/website links do you use to get your music out to people?
We’re on Bandcamp, YouTube, Soundcloud, Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes. Our new single and even our previous catalogue can be found there! Here’s some links:
Jaffa cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Got no comment for that one 😊
Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Our single, ‘A Message to You’ is out now everywhere. The EP will be coming soon so make sure you keep eye out 😊
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