Interview with SERPENTYNE

Serpentyne is a Symphonic Rock band from London, England. They put out their third studio album “The Serpent’s Kiss” recently, and we sat down with singer Maggie-Beth and hurdy-gurdy player Mark to discuss about it.

Alright, first thing is first. Before we dive into all the music stuff, how’s life?

BOTH: Very good thanks! Hope the same applies to you.

Speaking of new music, you have an album. What can people expect from “The Serpent’s Kiss”?

MAGGIE-BETH: The previous album, “Myths and Muses” was themed mainly around historical and mythical figures; Boudicca and the Valkyries, for instance. This new album continues the legends and fantasy route, around Helen Of Troy, Jeanne D’Arc, Brigantia, the mythical; figure of the Morrighan for example – all powerful female figures. But it’s more loosely themed – one song, for example, “Spirits of the Desert” is about lost ghostly souls wandering the desert, while another, “The Dark Queen” is based on a Howard Pyle short story.

The Serpent's KissWhat was it like working on the album?

MARK: The recording experience was good- it was quite a revelation at times to hear the songs coming together with the new sound.

MAGGIE-BETH: It was quite a complex production because of the combination of traditional acoustic instruments like hurdy-gurdy, pipes, nyckelharpa and flutes with heavy guitars, symphonic keyboard sounds and multi-layered voices creating choirs, plus drums and bass, which resulted in a very challenging mixing experience.

Are there any touring plans in support to “The Serpent’s Kiss”?

MAGGIE-BETH: Yes, we have several festival and other show dates lined up this year, with more coming in.

While we are on the subject of touring, what countries would you love to tour?

MARK: We have played quite a lot in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany. With a previous band, I worked a lot in Denmark, Sweden and Norway, and always enjoyed visiting those countries; it would be nice to return.

MAGGIE-BETH: We’ve been invited to the USA and Mexico; if we could arrange enough shows to make the trip viable, that would be fantastic.

Who and what inspires you the most?

MAGGIE-BETH: My inspiration comes from various places: opera, rock, classical, mediaeval, Gothic, symphonic metal, cinematic music with epic themes and big choirs, and anything that uses vocal arrangements, ranging from mediaeval and ethnic songs to big chorales.

MARK: Much the same as Maggie. Any good music in any genre really.

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What other genres of music do you listen to? Have any of the other genres you listen to had any impact on your playing?

MAGGIE-BETH: I like classical, world music, symphonic rock and mediaeval, but they’ve all been incorporated into Serpentyne’s music at one point or another.

MARK: For pleasure I play all sorts of stuff- traditional and mediaeval ‘gurdy tunes, and classical and jazz piano; not that I’m as good a jazz player as I’d like to be.

I really appreciate you giving us your time today. Is there anything else you would like to tell us and the fans before we wrap things up?

MAGGIE-BETH: Thanks to Rocking Charts for giving us the opportunity to be presented to your readers, and we’re always happy to hear from anyone who enjoys Serpentyne’s music.

MARK: Thanks also to all who have supported us over the years by coming to our gigs and buying our CDs. Without you, there’d be no point in doing it! Anytime anyone wants to come backstage to say hello after a gig… please do!

Serpentyne’s The Serpent’s Kiss is available now; order it from Amazon.