The Alchemystics

Northampton, MA

Fueled by their passion to explore beyond the edges of traditional musical boundaries and their diverse ethnic and musical backgrounds, the Alchemystics blend reggae, politically infused hip-hop, gritty soul, hard-driving rock, and pulsing Jamaican, Cuban and Trinidadian rhythms into an utterly unique and distinctively original new sound. The result is modern-day roots music with global appeal - an alchemy of ancient musical traditions; intricate, intelligent wordplay; elementally raw soul; irresistible hooks; deep, driving rhythms; and old-school vocal harmonies - fired by the Alchemystic's unique blend of intensity, passion, and sheer artistic chemistry into a powerful, contemporary, and unmistakable sound.

Formed by producers, and rhythmic earth shakers Demse Zullo - drums/percussion & Garrett Sawyer - bass in early 2003, the Alchemystics under their musical direction have grown into an eclectic lineup of talented musicians combining the inspired, masterful vocals of Ras Jahn and Ian-I, the smooth and socially conscious lyricism of Force, the Afro-Caribbean infused percussion of Matthew King, and the cosmic keyboards of Jay Metcalf. Together, the Alchemystics have catalyzed into an original, unstoppable musical force. Their high-energy, fiercely danceable live shows, have gained the band a passionately loyal multi-cultural, multi-generational following throughout New England, and beyond.

The Alchemystics have shared stages with a global array of music luminaries such as Stephen Marley, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Clipse, Damian Marley, The Abyssinians, Sister Carol, The Coup, Inner circle, Busta Rhymes, Yellow Man, Burning Spear, Gil Scott Heron, Culture, Steel Pulse, Angelique Kidjo, Mighty Sparrow, The Brazilian Girls, Israel Vibrations, The English Beat, Midnite, King Sunny Ade, and Taj Mahal among many others.

The Alchemystics firmly embrace the philosophy that music and art are tools for propelling social change in our communities, and that the future of music and the planet necessitates bringing people of diverse backgrounds together to create conscious community. Individually and collectively, the members of the Alchemystics prioritize giving back to their local community, working closely with local youth groups and lending their musical talents when called upon. Individually and as a group, Alchemystics members regularly guest lecture, teach, and perform at schools and colleges throughout the Northeast.

In 2011 the group released their 4th album Spread Hope, which was hailed by critics and fans alike as their most polished and creative artistic statement yet, creating a national buzz and gaining them widespread acclaim. 2012 finds The Alchemystics having released a video for the first single off Spread Hope - Dance Upon the Corner - and writing and recording several new and exciting tracks. All while doing what they do best: bringing their uplifting blend of thunderous beats and positive lyrics to audiences across the Nation, headlining and playing Festivals and clubs from WV to Ohio, NY to Maine & back to their home in Western Mass. The Alchemystics continue to focus their energy on creating positive dance music and are excited to share their message with the world.

"The music is thrilling & evocative, an eclectic stew of influences, all based in the universal concept of rhythm and groove." Chris Castro -

"Against a percussive backbeat the band mixes hip-hop, soulful reggae, & sweet vocal harmonizing, delivering an upbeat and optimistic message, the music is infectious!" Bill Clifford -

"In a world where musicians seem content to follow established formulas, it's encouraging to find a band that can defy boundaries with skill & grace." Lisa McIntyre, Performer Magazine 2008

On behalf of the West Boylston Arts Foundation, I want to thank you and the band again for The Alchemystics' performance this past weekend to help support our school arts & music programs. In the four years that we've been producing our ARTS ROCK! Summer concerts, we've seen a lot of bands and the Alchemystics stand out as one of the best. You guys are true professionals with an awesome reggae sound that incorporates the energy and syncopation of Force's rap lyrics flawlessly. The Alchemystics are a band that I want to see more of and hope that you continue to grow. I know that you gained a few more fans this past Saturday!

Thanks again for your support of school arts & music education, Mark

In the News

Upcoming Shows

  • 10/21/17 Amherst, MA at Fire and Water Yoga Studio
  • 10/28/17 Greenfield, MA at Hawks and Reed
  • 12/22/17 Newmarket, NH at The Stone Church
  • 12/23/17 Manchester, CT at Main Pub
  • 12/31/17 Worcester, MA at Bull Mansion
  • 01/03/18 Carrabassett Valley, ME at Sugarloaf
  • 09/01/18 Wanakena, NY at Summer Arts Series


Camp Creek (ME)
Nateva Festival (ME)
Strange Creek Music Festival (MA)
Bella Terra Festival (NY)
Rock N Roll Resort (NY)
Wormtown Music Festival (MA)
WeBeJammin (ME)
Charlemont Reggae Fest (MA)
Extravaganja (MA)
Mt Snow Reggae Fest (VT)
Boston Greenfest (MA)
Sound Sessions Street Festival (RI)
Norwalk Reggae & Blues Festival (CT)
Open Road Music & Arts Festival (MA)
LimboFest (MA)
Terpstock (MD)
Lowell Winter Fest (MA)
Turners Falls River Culture Fest (MA)
Greenfield RockFest (MA)
Trade Roots Reggae Festival (MA)
Moondance Festival (VT)
Drums Around the World (MA)
Underground Music Festival (NY)
Blaster Monkey Festival (MA)
EvolveFest (NJ)
Wormtown Winter Carnival (MA)
Catskill Chill (NY)
Heads in Harmony (ME)
Backwoods Pond Fest (NY)
Last Green Fest (CT)
Green Love Festival (ME)
Mt Sugarloaf Reggae Festival (ME)
Rock n Roll Resort (NY)
Cosmic Alignment (NY)
Hop Jam (VT)
Otter Creek Brew Fest (VT)
UCONN Reggae Festival (CT)
Disc Jams
Strange Creek
Ziontific Summer Solstice Festival


University of Massachusetts
WPI Rasta Party (MA)
Colby Sawyer College (NH)
College of the Atlantic (ME)
MCLA, UMOJA Reggae Fest (MA)
Wheaton College (MA)
Salem State (MA)
University of Vermont
Dartmouth College (NH)
Proctor Academy (NH)
Bowdoin College (ME)
University of Maryland
Clark University (MA)
Plymouth State College (NH)
St Lawrence University (NY)

Ski Resorts

Ascutney Ski Resort (VT)
Red Fox Inn (VT)
Three Peaks (VT)
Mt Snow Reggae Fest (VT)
Wachusett Mountain (MA)
Whaleback Mountain (NH)
Wobbly Barn (VT)
Loon Mountain (NH)
Stratton (VT)
Jackson Gore Summer Music Series (VT)

Selected Venues Played

Beatnik's, Worcester, MA
Black Eyed Sally's, Hartford, CT
Lucky Dog Music Hall, Worcester, MA
Main Pub, Manchester, CT
Ocean Mist, S Kingston, RI
Opus Underground, Salem , MA
Palace Theater, Stafford Springs, CT
Pearl Street, Northampton, MA
Spotlight Tavern, Beverly, MA
Tammany Hall, Worcester, MA
The Spot Underground , Providence, RI
Triumph Brewing Company, New Hope, PA


Phil Simon
(978) 544-5110

Justin Wargo
(401) 626-9655

Road Contact
Garrick Perry
(301) 237-2730