When you’re a guitarist with your own home studio setup, 22 years old and never running out of ideas, the obvious thing to do is to transform those rough ideas to demos to full songs.
Prateek Rajagopal, who riffs for Mumbai death metallers Gutslit and instrumental prog band The Minerva Conduct, has found a new outlet with his experimental/prog solo project called HOIA. While the debut single ‘Mixed Episode’ was an eerie instrumental, ‘Design’ is an all-out prog fest, going from intricate chilling melodies to odd-time riffs and shattering drum-work. Rajagopal enlisted drummer Hamza Kazi from prog rock band Coshish for his assistance.
Prateek says of the collaboration, “I’ve always known him as a creative drummer who I don't have to keep 'chasing', he's a dedicated guy who brings in the right drummer's perspective, especially since we're into very similar music. For me, if you're a musician, you need to satisfy three of these - record in a studio, play live, and write good parts. He satisfies all three and enhances the drum parts I write.”
The guitarist went a step ahead and even got UK mastering engineer Steve Kitch (Audiomaster), also keyboardist for prog band The Pineapple Thief, to master the track. As he’s noted before, there are plans to take HOIA live, so we’re keeping an eye out for when we can hear ‘Design’ in all its menacing prog glory on a stage.
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