Indigo Darkpsych Discusses New Album, New Music Video, And The Maltese Metal Scene
Working to break past social barriers and start a rock revolution, Malta based female-fronted act Indigo Darkpsych released the new album "These Are The Roots" this summer. Along with the album, Indigo Darkpsych showed what underground bands can do with enough determination by releasing the "Not The End" music video.
The band's namesake and front woman Marvic "Indigo" Lewis recently got in contact with Metalunderground.com to talk about the band's history and future activity, as well as the challenges of performing rock and metal in the Maltese music scene.
xFiruath: Tell me about your personal history and music and what first got you interested in starting a band.
Indigo: I was eight when I started taking singing lessons, performing and recording, and it was about 4 years later when I came across the rock genre with which I fell in love with at once. Roundabout the same year I started doing some basic song writing and soon after began to aspire to be in a rock band so I could make my songs come to life and have the opportunity to perform them live! I had first joined a rock band in 1998 but my Indigo project started towards the end of 2002.
xFiruath: Fill me in on the history of Indigo Darkpsych. When did the band form and what has it done so far?
Indigo: Indigo's band formation started in 2007, a year and a half after I released my first full-length album. It all started by keeping in touch with the drummer Steve Muscat who had recorded 5 of the album tracks. We decided to start looking for two other musicians and managed to form a band for two gigs, launching my first music video by the name of “Scarecrow.” In the end of that same year a guitarist contacted the drummer inquiring about any side project happening and we asked him to join us. He accepted and also brought along a bassist by the name of Bobby Andrews. We started song-writing soon after some jamming covering my album songs and by August 2008 we recorded 4 track, but awhile after our third gig, the guitarist had to leave and was replaced by our studio engineer David Depasquale, who is also a guitarist and member of other local bands like Club Murder also together with the drummer, Steve and Abysmal Torment. He liked our music and was interested in joining us and continued recording with us the rest of the songs for the second album called “These Are The Roots,” released in Malta last Summer and internationally online this Summer. We have had another nine local prestigious gigs as Indigo Darkpsych since the short termed formation and we are now seeking to gig outside the Maltese Islands.
xFiruath: How does the writing process work for any given Indigo Darkpsych song?
Indigo: It’s not always the same, actually almost always different. In the beginning I used to start with the vocal lines and then turn to the piano or the guitar, then I started trying some bass grooves first and then sing along. The first three songs from the second album were composed at the rehearsal room by the guys and after assisting and also sharing my musical ideas with them, I wrote the lyrics and melody on top of it all. The rest had quite a different formula since the guitarist had left and I also wanted to experiment more. I was starting by creating a groove or a tune on my guitar and then build an electronic track around it together with the drummer, then finalize a vocal line which would have already been thought of in the process. But one song I had written on a basic drum loop sequence and another one I used to sing and play chords for on the piano and finally it all got translated to guitar.
xFiruath: What do your lyrics generally deal with and how do you go about writing lyrics?
Indigo: Most of the lyrics talk about my life and my mind, my thoughts and feelings, what life has taught me I try to project and deliver to others. They are very philosophical and include a lot of metaphors.
xFiruath: Tell me a bit about the “Not The End” video. Where did you shoot and how did the recording go?
Indigo: The video shoot took place in 5 different Maltese localities and 11 different locations within and around them. I scripted the scenes and plotted them soon after finding the right locations. I also took care of the costumes and outfits, hair, and make-up. It took us three whole days to film and was edited and put together in about eight sessions for which I assisted, and directed too. Everything worked smooth also thanks to the ultra patient and creative camera person/short film maker Ray Mizzi and his team.
xFiruath: What’s the metal scene like in Malta and what’s going on in your local metal scene?
Indigo: The Maltese metal scene is very small and always changing. The crowd changes and the bands change too. We don't get much chance to gig here so most of us seek to gig abroad in festivals or clubs, though it’s even harder unless you get a foreign promoter or a label support. In a few words we struggle but those who have a true metal core never give up and keep on moving forward!
xFiruath: Do you guys get the opportunity to play hometown live shows at all?
Indigo: I get a lot of requests to perform but most of the shows and concerts set ups are made for the common crowd so they would need commercial bands and not metal, but I decide to remain loyal to my act and style and most of the times I refuse to perform.
xFiruath: Is the band currently signed to a label or seeking label support?
Indigo: We are currently signed to a promotion deal with Ravenheart Music, but still looking for a label that could provide us with a record or publishing deal or a booking agency to provide us with suitable gigs.
xFiruath: What’s going on in the near future for the band?
Indigo: I'm planning to work on our third audio visual track from our latest album to reinforce our promotion and continue seeking gig opportunities abroad while preparing for the local ones booked. I'm also thinking to start songwriting for the next album soon.
xFiruath: Have you been to any really great or crazy shows lately?
Indigo: We just had the Great Farsons Beer Festival that had a massive and awesome crowd and the Extreme Metal Assault which was a huge local metal gathering featuring 15 bands.
xFiruath: What’s been your favorite album so far this year?
Indigo: This question is a bit hard to answer as there are many new bands I like but not really my favorite, though I can mention a few bands of which I heard their latest work and liked it: Emmure , Limp Bizkit , Chimaira, and Belphegor.
xFiruath: What musicians or albums most influence you and your musical style?
Indigo: A few of my favorite bands are Static X, Deftones, Meshuggah, and American Headcharge, the other members of the band like the same style more or less. The guitarist's other band is death metal and the drummer has been involved in various projects. We like the heavy 'n' groovy kinda music mainly and express our ideas in a similar but personal way and it magically gels.
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