EMQ’s with BLOOD OF INDIGO
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Toronto, Canada based Dark Fantasy Metal band, Blood Of Indigo. Huge thanks to lead vocalist, Alex Centorame, 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 Alex Centorame and I’m the lead vocalist of Blood of Indigo. I started the band with Mariusz Syposz in the Spring of 2017 and Nathan Gross joined about a year later in 2018. In the Winter of 2017, I met and interviewed Mariusz’s former band on my Metal radio show at the time. It was a Saturday afternoon and we had lots of time to chat, so after our interview, I mentioned to them that I was taking vocal lessons and was looking to start my own Metal band. I remember demonstrating some of my harsh vocals which I had been experimenting with and going back and forth with their vocalist, as we were showing each other what we can do on the mic.
At that time, I was posting a lot of 30 second vocal covers of myself screaming to songs like the SpongeBob SquarePants theme song, Dragon Ball Z, and Care Bears just to name a few. I would also post videos of myself screaming the ingredients of cereal boxes in the style of harsh vocals. (It’s still a great warmup technique). This was a great way for me to practice my vocals while also making my friends laugh. Mariusz not only thought my videos were hilarious, but he also really appreciated the sound of my voice. He started messaging me on Facebook every time I posted one of those videos, asking me when I was going to start a band. I was jamming with random people on Kijiji, feeling things out for a while until I finally asked Mariusz if he would like to join me in starting our own band from scratch. He accepted my offer! When we decided to work together, we instantly “clicked” when we realized how much we had in common and how much of an appreciation we have for evil sounding music.
Mariusz was still building his home studio at the time, so we worked with what we had to write our music. It started with the song ‘Resurrection’ which will be the second track on our debut album. While we were writing the song, Mariusz found Nathan on Facebook who posted some videos of him playing piano and “shredding” solos on his keyboard. Mariusz reached out to him via messenger to ask him if he would like to participate in writing ‘Resurrection’ with us because we were interested in adding keyboard sounds to our music and he agreed to be part of the songwriting. He wrote orchestration for ‘Resurrection’ and when we listened to the demo we were very impressed! In the Spring of 2018, Nathan asked to join the band and we accepted him as our third band mate. We were actually planning on asking him because we bonded so well as friends and creative minds, but he beat us to the punch. Over the past 4 years, we’ve grown closer as friends and continued working on our album. Since 2018, we’ve invested in our education by learning how to further our skills in production, marketing, storytelling, and musicianship. We upgraded our studio with some of the best modern plugins and production equipment and decided to do whatever it takes to create the highest quality sound that we can achieve as an independent band.
How did you come up with your band name?
I came up with the name Blood of Indigo while waiting for the bus. (I came up with most of the song lyrics, freezing my butt off through the brutal Canadian Winter). I really love horror, so I knew I wanted to include the word “blood” in the band name. Blood also represents passion and we are very passionate people. Blood is scary, but could also represent something much deeper and meaningful, like family or love. Then I remember passing by an Indigo book store while I was on the bus, so the word Indigo popped into my head. But what does Indigo represent? I thought to myself. So, after doing some research, I learned that the colour indigo represents royalty, bravery, and majesty. So, when you combine the two together, you get something that sounds dark and majestic. (Which represents how some people have described our music.) Then the name Blood of Indigo when me and Mariusz agreed that we loved it. As time went on, and I decided to write lore and introduce storytelling to our music, Blood of Indigo now represents something much deeper. It is a reference to the main villain character of the band’s concept, Anne Marie Indigo. She is the evil queen of the fictional parallel world, The Shaded World. We have a song titled “Anne Marie Indigo” on our album that is named after her and one of the heaviest songs on the album!
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Our Metal scene is a very welcoming community of friends, musicians, fans, promoters, and good people. Being in a band in our scene is awesome because there are shows happening every weekend in the city (when there isn’t a lockdown) and you can make friends with anyone at the show. Everyone is super supportive and there is a diverse range of music and amazing talent to be seen and heard. The Toronto Metal scene is incredible.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest release is the track: ‘Angelus, The ‘Faceless’ Vampire’. It’s out on Bandcamp right now and also available for a free download via our “3 Days of Dark Fantasy Metal” free song giveaway campaign. We will be releasing a special lyric video for the track in the coming months and will release it to all streaming platforms when the video is launched. The tracks ‘Sphynx, Collector Of Eyes’ and ‘Anne Marie Indigo’ will get the same treatment!
‘Angelus, the ‘Faceless’ Vampire
‘Blood of Indigo – 3 Days of Dark Fantasy Metal’ – Promo Video
Who have been your greatest influences?
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.
What first got you into music?
When I was a kid, I became obsessed with professional wrestling and to this day, I’m still a fan! I remember many of the wrestler’s entrance themes were Metal songs in the early 2000’s. The wrestler, “Triple H” would walk out to the song, “The Game” by Motorhead and the wrestler, “Edge” would rush down to the ring with the song “Metallingus” by Alterbridge. The song “Bodies” by Drowning Pool was the official theme song for the pay-per-view event, ECW December to Dismember in 2006 and I just instantly fell in love with the raw aggression that Metal had. I remember my brother-in-law burned a CD for me with all of the wrestler’s entrance songs and the compilation was mixed in with a few popular Metal bands, like Pantera and Metallica. ‘Walk’ by Pantera was one of the songs on that CD! From there, I just started downloading songs from iTunes and discovering new bands and subgenres. My family wasn’t really surprised because they’ve always been supportive of my passions and were pretty used to Metal blaring through the TV speakers during every Monday Night Raw broadcast.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
We would love to collaborate with Simone Simmons from Epica. She is an incredible singer and I feel like she would be the perfect feature on a Blood of Indigo song! Maybe we can look into asking her to sing on album two? I think she would be great!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Wacken Open Air, hands down! Wacken is like the Wrestlemania of Metal shows, the show of shows! It has always been a dream of ours to play in front of thousands of passionate fans in Germany. I’m confident that it will happen, someday and it will be a glorious moment. Before Blood of Indigo became a band, I wrote down on a paper towel (because it was the only thing I could write on that was in sight) that I would play Wacken Open Air. I wanted to manifest that dream and the first step would be writing it down immediately. I’ve always seen myself performing on the big stage and I know the guys want it just as much. We will do whatever it takes to make that dream a reality!
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
We haven’t received any weird gifts from fans just yet, but maybe we’ll be surprised one day!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
I would just like to say THANK YOU for your love and support. Over the past four years we’ve been working on our debut album and we’re finally in the home stretch. So far, we’ve connected with you via social media posts, free song giveaways, email, and we will continue to find new ways to connect with you and make your experience unforgettable. You have been so supportive and patient in the process of this project unfolding from the very beginning. We are so grateful that you’re here to experience it with us. We promise to deliver our best efforts and we are so excited for you to listen to ‘Dawn Of The Shaded World’. Thank you for believing in us, we hope this album will bring you a memorable Dark Fantasy Metal experience.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Chester Bennington. I was shocked when he passed away. Linkin Park was so innovative with their sound and connected with so many people, including us. Chester was a true artist and he had so much passion for his work. I would have loved to see Linkin Park perform live. Chester is a legend and his legacy will live forever.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I love creating, telling stories, learning how to use my voice in different ways, and connecting with our fans. Bringing Blood of Indigo to life has been the most creatively fulfilling experience of my life. Making this vision come to life with two guys that I can call best friends, has made it even sweeter! Even just the incredible feedback we’re getting from fans about the three songs we’re giving away is a reminder that we’re doing the right things in life. It feels good to know that your music is making a difference in someone’s life, even in the smallest way. There’s nothing that I could really say I hate because I love what I do.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
The industry is always changing and I think it’s a matter of perspective. There isn’t anything I can put my finger on right now, but I believe that if we choose to grow and change ourselves from within, our external circumstances will change with us and meet us there.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Quantum Enigma” by Epica is a Symphonic Metal masterpiece. Every single track is a banger and I just love how grandiose their production sounds. Epica always does an amazing job and has to be one of my all-time favourite bands. I’ve been listening to “Quantum Enigma” a lot lately!
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
They’re all great for different reasons, but CD’s usually sound the best in my opinion. Vinyl is super cool if you’re a collector and want to immerse yourself in the experience. Cassettes are cool because they give your music that old school feel, and downloads are great because they’re convenient and make it easy for everyone to enjoy your music. However you enjoy your music, they’re all great choices!
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
I personally have never played a show yet! Mariusz and Nathan have played live many times with their other bands respectively, and they always tell me about how surreal it is to perform for an audience. We are incredibly excited to play our first Blood of Indigo show once we release our debut album and build our fanbase. We’ve been mainly focussing on building our fanbase online and so far, we’ve been receiving some amazing feedback about our music. Soon enough, we’ll be playing these songs live once we’re ready to make it happen!
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I would probably be acting! I’ve always loved performing and it’s so much fun for me to become a character. I like putting myself in other peoples’ shoes and experiencing life from another perspective. I like to feel their emotions, I like to study their psychology; how they think, I like to analyse how they might react to a certain challenge or situation. I do have a background in voice acting which was very useful in helping me learn harsh vocals. I also do some voice acting on our debut album in a couple of songs. Tracks like ‘Corpse Bride’, ‘Angelus,The ‘Faceless’ Vampire’, and ‘Novice Pyromancy’’ challenge me to become a character and embrace the voice of a protagonist.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
John Cena, Captain Falcon, Shagrath, Patrick Star, and Enzo Matrix.
What’s next for the band?
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:
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Here are the links!
(Dark Fantasy Haven – Art, Music, Games, and Collectibles)
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
I would say it’s more of a biscuit. If you can’t blow out the candles, slice it into slightly uneven pieces because you took the biggest piece, and serve it to all of your homies on your seventh birthday party which is happening at Chucky Cheese’s, it’s probably not a cake!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
I would just like to say thank you for interviewing me about Blood of Indigo. I would also like to thank our fans for supporting us as we are building this band from the ground up! 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!
If you would like to sign up for “3 Days of Dark Fantasy Metal” I’ve provided the link below:
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