Hi! Please state your name and what you do in the band?
Hi! my name is Andrea Barchiesi and I am the leading voice and frontman of Nereis. However, everybody calls me Andy.
Tell me about Nereis. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
In the Greek mythology, Nereis is one of the many daughters of the god of the peaceful sea. The band is very fond of the themes of travel, adventure and discovery, which represent our music and our way of conceive the lyrics of our songs. For this reason we chose as band image a maritime concept, with a style proper of the 1800’s, the time of sail ships. We imagine ourselves as the crew of a sail ship named “Nereis”, which is pointed towards the discovery of new horizons, towards a brighter future. We are on this adventurous trip together with all our listeners, who become part of the crew. The music we listen to is in fact the soundtrack of our life.
“Turning Point” album to be released on summer. How does that make you feel?
It took us two years to complete the album and we put a lot of efforts to achieve the goals we had in mind, reaching also higher objectives. We grew up as a band, but also as individuals. We are very happy and satisfied of what we conquered and we cannot wait to see the album fully released. We really hope people will enjoy it!
Tell me more about “Turning Point”? Album ideas etc
Actually the title of the album speaks for itself: a change of course. All of us at one point need to turn and change direction towards something unplanned, possibly towards a brighter future, calm waters after the storm. Everybody deserves the opportunity to aim to the best, a second chance, redemption. The album speaks about this, it reveals that all of us have the possibility to change our existence, fighting against the whole world and also against ourselves to reach a profound happiness.
Where do you take all inspiration from?
Our inspiration comes from everyday life. It might sound trivial, but the world around us gives us countless inputs. You just need to listen carefully and inspiration comes right when you do not expect it.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Nereisís sound?
Originally, the band played metal from the 80s. With my arrival and the entry of the guitarist Mattia Pessina (Pex), the balances were a little bit upset. Pex was coming from pop music while I came from alternative and progressive metal. Our sound is therefore the mixture of different genres. I guess a fair definition might be alternative metal with some shades of rock, a sound that is recognized by “older” listeners but also able to satisfy picky ears with new tunes and hardy choices.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
Actually we never really stopped. We are already working on new ideas for our next album. Most of them are drafts, clay awaiting to be properly shaped. However we are putting most of our efforts in promoting “Turning Point”, trying to reach as many ears as possible and to get in contact with new listeners.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
Our band works great because we like very different music genres, from the alternative sound of “Alter Bridge, “A perfect Circle” and “In Flames” to the hard rock and heavy metal of “Extreme, “Gotthard” and “Accept”. Not to mention more progressive bands such as “Tool”, or the giants of rock such as “Queen”. There would be numerous bands to mention, even beyond rock, because we like to listen to all the good music the world has to offer. During the years we have been able to define a characteristic sound, that is indirectly influenced by our favourite bands.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
There would be so many musicians that I would not be able to decide where to start! Furthermore, as I previously said, we have diversified music tastes and everyone of us has his own “hero” he could not wait to play with. My choice would be Myles Kennedy, singer and frontman of “Alter Bridge”. To sing with him would be awesome!
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
We are trying to spread our music especially through the internet. You can find us on all the main music platforms and social networks. However we particularly care also the direct contact with our listeners, putting a lot of efforts in playing live as much as we can. We are planning to make several gigs abroad during the summer to spread our voice beyond the Italian border.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
Actually music for us is not just an hobby. It is a vocation and we take it very seriously, like a real job. We can say that our hobbies are the jobs we do for living! However yes, we also have other hobbies, in particular linked to the beautiful nature we have close to Trento. We practice ski and alpinism. Here we cannot avoid to mention the Dolomites, the mountains declared World Heritage Site. We also have a shared passion for soccer and cars, the most followed sports in Italy.
What does your pseudonyms means?
They do not have a precise meaning. They mostly come from the years when we were teenagers and they just make our names shorter. I was called Andy starting from high school and I do not even remember when they started calling me like that.
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
Having your relatives on your side when you are facing an adventure like this, especially if you want to make music your job, is the greatest of fortunes. Many of the people I met in the past that shared with me the passion of music had to leave it to take a different path their parents chose for them. In a world made of conventions and schemes, it is not easy to choose an alternative path, and it becomes even harder if you have your family against you.
How is the metal scene in Trento right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
The metal scene in Trento, but also in the whole Italy, is quite weak and it is therefore very difficult to take part to big events if you are not already in the circle of famous bands. Talking about pubs, there are really a few that host concerts. In general, people prefers to listen to tribute bands instead of bands that compose original music, and this of course penalizes who, like us, desires to emerge. Not to mention that the merchandising of t-shirts, CDs and other gadgets is practically ignored by the average public of the pubs, making it even harder to spread in the local community. This is why we are trying to play abroad and to export our sound around the world.