YATIN SRI­VAS­TAVA PROJECT

In­dian prog mas­ter­mind serves up his de­but al­bum.

Prog - - Limelight -

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.”

INTO THE UN­KNOWN: YATIN SRI­VAS­TAVA.YATIN SRI­VAS­TAVARISHABH SANGHIFARRER MATHURARCHIEAR­JUN

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