Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
The Kreoles is a musical project created and founded by Ivan McSimon, Como-based producer, songwriter and guitar player who previously played with his first band, Dyve – two albums for them, ‘Dust Of An Age’ (2005, Lucretia Records), and ‘Inside’ (2008, UK Division) – gaining some breaks into the Italian and foreign market. What marks out this band first is the female voice of Valentina Merlo, young singer who is able to combine sweetness with creative energy through decisive cadences and modulations, everything in the belly of songs rooted in rockmetal genre, which is the trademark of this four-piece Italian band.
Ivan McSimon’s olden collaboration included high-famed artists as Timo Kotipelto (Stratovarius), Andre Matos (Viper, Angra, Shamaan), Doro Pesch and Blaze Bayley (Wolfsbane, Iron Maiden).
Currently line-up is this
Valentina Merlo - Vocals
Ivan McSimon - Guitars
Mirko Soncini - Drums
Samuele Di Nardo - Bass
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
I think we can describe our music as a RockMetal. Mainly our influences are Iron Maiden, Annihilator, Ozzy Osbourne.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
Because our music can give himher a lot energy, what metalheads are still looking for!
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
The Kreoles have so far two album in their discography Touch The Sun (Valery Rec. 2014) and Psycho (Sliptrick Rec. 2016).
September 20, 2016 was released Psycho, our 2nd work. We signed up for Sliptrick Records wich was responsible for forwarding the various press releases.
Do you play live as well How's your live activity so far?
Yes we play live, in Italy and something in Swissland. Not too much.
It's not so easy to play here in Italy 'cause there's not a metal culture like in some Europe land like Germany, East Europe, Poland etc...
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
The Kreoles want to be known for they music concept, a music so far from fashion and filled of power e sweetness.
We still believe that all music is good if it played well and with the heart.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
I (Ivan, guitarrist) always immersed in the music and often I get some musical idea. We have almost ready our 3rd album. I'll start to record it in a few months and it will be released next year.
But our purpose is also to be able to play and to be known in Europe, maybe starting as a reknown band's special guest.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
Everyone can listen to our music on Souncloud, our official website (www.thekreoles.com) and Youtube.