KRISHNA PERI: Pushing Own Boundaries

Krishna Peri

Guitarist and songwriter Krishna Peri is on the verge of launching his new album. Entitled “Across the Horizon,” it arrives on August 12th, and is available for pre-order on Bandcamp. Peri spoke for Prog Sphere about his work, the release, songwriting, and more.

Define the mission of your project.

I wanted to try something musically that I have never attempted before; complex arrangements, odd time signatures, dissonant rhythms and the likes; while also keeping the spirit of instrumental music alive.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your upcoming album “Across the Horizon.”

For the past two years or so, I immersed myself in genres like black metal, Viking metal, progressive rock and ambient music. Consequently, I had developed a palette for this kind of sound and I wanted to create something similar with my own music, where every single song belongs to a different genre. Being a solo artist, I think it gives me flexibility to explore these different genres instead of restricting myself to one.

Across the Horizon

Is there a message you are trying to give with “Across the Horizon”? 

The album is a reflection of the series of events triggering a mindful collaboration of emotions that I was experiencing at the time. The track listing is an extension of a roller coaster of my own feelings, in the sense, feeling the highs and lows that have brought me to this point.

How did you document the music while it was being formulated?

I am usually pretty receptive when it comes to finding inspiration. Whenever I do sense some of it coming my way, I try to record a very rough demo of it on my phone. And then I program drums, add bass, layers etc. in my DAW to bring it to life.

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

I believe, yes. Having worked with Aidan Oldnettle on drums and Marcus Shammah on bass, and despite living in different cities, we arranged a great working schedule amongst ourselves.

Describe the approach to recording the album.

When I come up with demo ideas for riffs, solos and rhythms, I lay them down in a DAW session and try to revise them. Once everything feels good, I send it over to my drummer and bassist who would listen to this demo and give their feedback. The final step would be where the drummer lays down his parts, and I begin tracking my sections over it. I do the guitars at my home studio which is a simple DIY setup. I track DIs and then they are re-amped. I have been trying to go for a much more fluid way of writing music..as in, trying to improvise a bit more and let it come out as organic as possible, even though there might be some mistakes such as pick scrapes, wrong notes etc. Because I had begun to like the sound of that “messy” style of guitar playing..it kind of gives that human element instead of going with this cookie-cutter approach.

How long “Across the Horizon” was in the making?

About a year or so. I had begun writing demos from July of last year and the actual production had begun in February of this year, where the first step was to do the drums. Guitars took about two more months. Keys and bass were recorded along with the guitars. And finally we did some voice-overs and included an opera singer’s vocals.

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?

I’m a huge fan of Joe Satriani; he’s my main influence when it comes to composing instrumental music. Apart from him, I also draw references from Plini, Nick Johnston, Angel Vivaldi, John Petrucci, Marty Friedman and Buckethead.

What is your view on technology in music?

I think that we’re living in a golden age of music. Because, recording and releasing an album is so cost-efficient due to the advent of modern VSTs. Some people might argue saying that the programmed drums or plug-ins sound canned but I believe that your style comes from within you. It has become very easy to record demos, create tempo maps and build ideas with the current technology. Also, collaborating with artists halfway across the world is now doable.

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?

I just hope that I’m able to make the listeners and audience happy with my music. Instrumentals are very open-ended because of them not having any lyrics. Which is precisely the reason why the listeners can interpret them in any way they choose to.

What are your plans for the future?

I want to consistently put out as much meaningful content as I can. I wish to collaborate with musicians who challenge my comfort level and make me push my own boundaries.

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