In conversation with prog guitarist Sutej Singh ahead of The Emerging Tour
What had strated out as a low-budget bedroom project for Solan-based guitarist Sutej Singh, evolved into his debut album, The Emerging, that features collaborations with musicians from Sweden and Australia. “It turned out to be a career-changing moment for me,” the artiste shares. Sutej now takes the prog metal album on a four-city tour and comes to Bengaluru this weekend.
The eight-track instrumental album is divided into three parts thematically, with every part describing different emotions, which include love, upliftment and realisation. “The title track, The Emerging, is a combination of these feelings. I think it is my best composition so far. It’s also one of the most challenging songs to play live. Starting from a three-minute intro and suddenly kicking into a stream of heavy riffs and melodic solos, it has everything,” he tells us.
The album features collaborations with Swedish guitarist Peter Henningson, veteran drummer, Scott Higham, bassist Kylan Amos and Australian composer Leon Ross. “For the flute sections, I roped in Gina Luciani from LA. A very special guest was Raymond Hearne (drummer of London-based band Haken), who I collaborated with for the title track,” he adds.
Sutej says he always had an instant connection with the genre of prog metal. “The best part about this genre is the freedom to do whatever your brain thinks. The blend of the distorted guitar sounds with a full blown orchestra is just beautiful to my ears,” he signs off.
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