YATIN SRIVASTAVA PROJECT
Indian prog mastermind serves up his debut album.
If you hadn’t heard, the Devin Townsend Project went on hiatus earlier this year – but don’t worry, the Yatin Srivastava Project are waiting in the wings.
In a similar vein, Yatin Srivastava not only shares a parallel title to the effervescent Canadian ringleader, but he is a guitar-yielding, prolific prog-toting whiz too.
The New Delhi band’s debut full-length effort, Chaos // Despair, juggles inspiration from the likes of tech metal, left-leaning alt-rock and classic prog to form a multi-textured aural cauldron.
The six-track record also enjoys status-boosting cameos from The Pineapple Thief mainman Bruce Soord and drummer Craig Blundell, as well as a slew of contributions from Indian musicians, giving the album a thoroughly cultured feel.
“The main part of the process I would say happened in the summer of 2015,” Srivastava reflects. “That was soon after I had just finished with university and I had three months completely off. I just sat down every day and started working on all the various ideas of songs that I had in my head over the past couple of years and finalised all of them.”
It seems getting the likes of Steven Wilson drummer Blundell on board wasn’t too difficult for the Indian progger, whose speculative emails quickly led to sessions being secured.
“I think Steven Wilson was on tour at that time in India, and I’d just recently come back from London.
I just had this inkling that maybe I should send a message and worst case scenario he doesn’t reply and nothing happens,” Srivastava says.
“I sent it to Craig as well because I knew he was more of a session player. But I never imagined that he would reply back. He replied next morning and said he’d love to have a listen to the songs. I sent him two options of songs, and thought it would be great if he could play on one. He heard them and he said he’d like to play on both.”
The first half of Chaos // Despair channels a more modern sound, with the metallic Ozone showing off nods to the likes of Porcupine Tree and Periphery, while the later tracks – such as Forgotten – are more keen on melodic soundscapes.
Srivastava first picked up the guitar around 10 years ago and Delhi’s culture of having schools compete against each other in battle of the bands competitions helped to hone his stagecraft.
For now, however, music continues to provide a creative outlet on the side for a man who is hurtling towards a career in law.
“I did a double major in history and political science at university, and I’m currently studying law,” Srivastava says.
“Realistically speaking it’s hard to sustain a career in the music industry, in any form, unless you are the big, big bands. I think me always wanting to do law lined in perfectly with that idea of me having something that can secure me financially to then eventually put the money into making more music.” CC
“IT’S HARD TO SUSTAIN A CAREER IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY, IN ANY FORM, UNLESS YOU ARE THE BIG, BIG BANDS.”
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