Interview with Kardashev

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I suppose that \"Peripety\" reflects the closing of an important chapter in your lives. Do you agree? Please tell me what it signifies.

We suspect that if anything, It\'s the start of the first chapter to our career in music. Everything up until know looks like a prologue in retrospect. We were feeling out who we were, what we wanted to be, and what sort of impact we wanted our music to have. It is really hard to know where it will lead - there is always more to achieve and accomplish. We\'re excited, because Peripety gave us the feeling that in a small sense, we\'re slowly making our way into the music world. We have no doubt that its going to be an absolutely stunning journey.

How long did the record take from start to finish?

A few months over a year, from absolute start to finish. As with most musical projects, it started out as just a few riffs that we thought sounded good. We would play around with them, then leave them for a while, then slowly find ourselves playing them again. After a few times of going through that process, we realized it was worth it to see where those ideas would lead us.

Take me through the evolution of \"Peripety\".

Peripety changed a lot from start to finish. there are entire songs that didn\'t make the cut. In fact, there is a whole second version of the song \"Conscium\" that we really liked, but it didn\'t fit the feel of the album. Peripety was originally called Gradient, and the song titles were going to be objects that were extremely dark and moved towards light. We left that idea behind as it was a bit too literal for us. We wanted to pursue something a bit more ambiguous.

How have you evolved as writers since you started working on the album, and during the song-writing process?

Absolutely. Peripety is the first project of ours where we were all writing from what moved and inspired us. Past projects were so much fun, and we would never abandon them - but writing Peripety was when we had that \"aha\" moment, and we fully realized what sound we wanted to achieve. We really pushed ourselves to a lot of limits, simply because the songs required it.

How does the album apply to the modern-day society?

Interesting question. The subject matter of the album is all about realizing something that is extremely important or significant, and having that realization change your entire outlook. There isn\'t any one thing we are insinuating, because everybody is different. What might change one person\'s life may be mundane to another. For some people it may be a spiritual experience. For others it may be accepting a part of their identity. So, the best answer is probably that Peripety is a broad narrative of things that we all go through at least once or twice in our lives.

What is the biggest challenge you face in your creative process?

The riff rut! It can be so frustrating when you have this great idea but, for the life of you, it is impossible to figure out how to lead into it or how to transition out of it. Many a riff has been banished to the oubliette because of this! Generally, patience and a positive attitude get past most creative blocks.

What studio setup did you use for recording \"Peripety\"?

We have always done our own recording. We used the Axe FX Ultra for guitar tones. All of the guitars had RC pickups, because they were our best bet for getting the sound we wanted. Our bassist recorded on a Warwick Thumb, and the line signal was re-amped at Sound Lair with an Ampeg SVT-3 Pro and Ampeg 4x10 HLF cabinet. Overall, it was a pretty straightforward process. Do you feel like servants of the music, or it is the other way around?

How do you go about initially capturing ideas for compositions?

It usually starts out with one or two riffs, and a concept that we feel passionate about. We\'ll all sit in the basement and just talk about it for a while, then play around with different sounds that match the theme. When writing \"Peripety\", we were attracted to the idea of meaningful emotional experiences. This lead us to big, ambient sounds with a larger landscape for the guitars and bass to fill. For whatever reason, the idea of something as vague as meaningfulness caused us to shy away from a more tech inspired sound.

What is your take on what the streaming services offer to musicians at this point?

We don\'t really have any strong feelings on the subject. Our music is on a lot of streaming services, the largest of which is probably spotify. We do get compensation for it, although it isn\'t a lot. We\'re grateful for it though, we\'ve made a lot of new fans, and the money that we do get is definitely a help. The people who seem adamantly against streaming services are often the people who don\'t seem to have to worry about money, but in the end we can\'t speak for anybody but ourselves. Overall it has been a positive way to get our music out there.

Are you already working on new music? How much music have you written that remains unrecorded? Do you have a clear vision of what you want to achieve with this band?

We absolutely have started on new material! So far it\'s pretty solid. We need to clean the ideas up and give them focus, but we\'re expanding on a past release. That is about all we can say about it at this point. We record any ideas that we come up with, and they either morph into something viable, or get kept in an \"ideas\" folder on the computer. As far as the vision for the band, 2016 is looking like a goal defining year. We know that we want to write and release more music, but there are a lot of things we need to solidify. Kardashev is definitely not going away anytime soon, we just have a lot of great opportunities to choose from. Its a very exciting prospect to figure out where to go next.

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