I was just in Australia when I received an email from ShadowPlay, an Australian band. Funny coincidence. So I checked out their music video and definitely became very interested. We interviewed Alitia, the lead singer for the band. Check it out.
Tell us a little about your band.
We are ShadowPlay, a Gothic Metal band from Perth, Australia. We spent a couple of years in Manchester, UK on a working holiday to experience life as a band in a different country. We’re notoriously slow at producing music. It took us five years to release our first full-length self-titled album in 2007, and we’ve only recently released our first single since the album. As ‘Home’ is our first release in a decade, we thought it’d be great to make our debut music video as well. The video for Home was released on 7 Feb 2017. We’re currently working on new material (while raising families and working day jobs).
Tell us about yourself. How did ShadowPlay start out, hobbies, anything personal so that our audience gets to know you.
We got together as ShadowPlay in 2002, when I joined the band as the vocalist. My cousin Duane (the drummer) mentioned they were looking for a female vocalist for the band, and asked if I was interested. I wasn’t really into metal music back then, but when I heard the music, I was blown away. We recorded rough vocals over our track ‘Alone’, and we immediately fell in love with the sound.
Before that, the band played together in a Progressive Metal band called ‘Modus Vivendi’. We have a passion for making melodic and melancholy music, with lyrics that are thoughtful and meaningful. We hope to reach our audience emotionally with our music.
In terms of hobbies other than music, Duane enjoys racing his American street muscle car, Guy enjoys his fishing, Linus enjoys taking his 4WD off road with his family, Uwe loves hanging with his kids and I like to do a bit of screen acting. We are all really good friends, more like family actually. We can tell each other how crap we think each other’s ideas are but no one takes it personally. 🙂
What are the bands musical influences?
Collectively, we enjoy music that is atmospheric, melodic, melancholy and heavy, with a touch of electronica.
You’ll find artists such as Lacuna Coil, Opeth, Two Steps from Hell, VNV Nation, Katatonia, Within Temptation and In Flames on our playlists.
Which leads to our next question, what’s on the top of your playlists right now?
Lacuna Coil – Delirium Ghost – Meliora Two Steps From Hell – Vanquish The Birthday Massacre – Superstition Katatonia – The Fall of Hearts
Any secret music loves you are embarrassed to admit?
Haha! For sure! But we’re not embarrassed to admit it!
Here’s a small selection from the band: Elton John, Ke$ha, Lady Gaga, Bjork, Enya, and 80s and 90s pop songs.
Which song means the most to you and why?
For me it would be ‘Home’. With our first album, most of the songs were already written before I joined the band. I mainly helped with lyrics. I was a lot more involved in the creative process of Home, and it became a bit like my baby. Home is my personal story of being lost and finding someone who helped me feel grounded again.
Any songs on the album you have a love/hate relationship with?
Probably ‘The Awakening’ from our 2007 Album. It’s one of the band’s favorites. But there is so much going on, to play it live. Four part vocal harmonies, layered keyboards, guitar harmonies, electric drums. And it’s a long, emotional song. It’s quite difficult to play and mix live.
Where did the title of the album come from?
With our 2007 album, we took the easy road and made it self-titled. 🙂
As for our 2016 single, ‘Home’ is the feeling someone bought me back to, after tough times in the UK.
What really pisses you off?
Inward-looking, hate-spreading populist politicians that purport to represent ordinary people, but are just in it for their own selfish gains; and the people naïve enough to believe and support them.
What’s your greatest fear?
That the world is becoming more intolerant and less compassionate.
Tell us one weird thing about yourself that nobody knows.
I love horror movies and I have quite a dark sense of humor. I find myself laughing at really inappropriate memes, for example. But I would never have to guts to share them through fear of being judged!
ShadowPlay is definitely a band we highly recommend you checking out. They have a sound that resonates within the hearts of Evanescence fans. We have one of their music videos below for you to listen to and then go grab one of their albums on iTunes or Google Play.
Alitia: Vocals Duane Bonney: Drums/Vocals Linus Chen: Guitars Uwe Harnisch: Bass Guy Lillico: Keyboards