Ukiah California based Electro-Rock band Energy Alchemist weaves heavy guitar riffs with a like minded rhythm section over synth's, samples, and loops, while implementing new technologies that switch the guitars into both synths and samplers. The result is a unique blend of electronic and organic music that cannot easily be described using words. The groups latest EP is titled "Reminder."
Prior to the interivew, take a minute to check out this video of Energy Alchemist to get acquainted with the bands talent.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Each of us comes from a musical family, so writing music is more of a tradition than something we decided to start doing.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
We were preparing for our band’s first national tour. Riding high from a battle-of-the-bands win in the Bay Area, we returned to our van to find it had been stolen with all of our gear inside! Fortunately we found it for sale online and were able to get most of it back. Almost immediately afterward, our rehearsal space burned down with all of the gear. Gone again. The really crazy part is the way our community started reaching out to get us on the road again. We only had one week between the fire and our first tour date, and we made every single show thanks to the support and generosity of our friends and community.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Finding a group of people that works so well together is a real gift. There are a ton of great shows and handshakes to name, but being part of a group that feels fun just makes everything easier. It’s nice when you can hold a high point as a nice, constant flow.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Our writing style varies. We each have a heavy contribution to the writing process and we approach it with an open mind.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
Balancing security and risk. If you want to make a career of it you need to figure out how to stay profitable, but indie artists are up against pay-to-play culture in towns, pop hit factories on the airwaves, and lemon contract pitfalls. Still, you have to give it your all, with your fingers crossed.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
We’ve all been really impressed with Polyphia, and their excellent mix of electronic and heavy elements. We’d be thrilled to book with those guys.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
We like to introduce a new audio or visual element to each live show, creating an ever evolving, fully immersive live experience that is unique each time.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
I had a really close childhood friend that developed a serious mental condition, which was a heartbreaking experience to watch. When writing about it years later, it seemed like every emotion came rushing back full strength. It was hard to will myself to relive all that during the writing process, but at the same time, it was important to get it out.
What's coming up in the future?
We’re ramping up to get out and promote the ‘Reminder’ EP. Right now we’re putting together a few Northern California circuits, so be on the lookout! Where can fans access your music?