What made you go for the name Utopian Trap?


Chandra: When we first started this project in late 2005, it was originally named Fiction by Vinod. The name was a bit of a placeholder and we had been contemplating having a more unique name. One of the songs off the first album was originally called “Utopian Trap” when it was first written back in 2008. The song was about futile endeavors in a materialistic world. All of us really digged it. So we decided to rename the band Utopian Trap and the song was renamed to “A Promise of Paradise”.


How do you usually describe your music?


Chandra: We would describe it as heavy, progressive, dark, intellectual music.


What is your writing process like?


Chandra: Vinod and I usually start with some riffs and the initial arrangement. We may add sequenced drums to get a feel of how things may sound. Typically, the arrangement goes through a few revisions. Then Eric takes over for lyrics and vocals, followed by Rohil’s drums and finally, Farhan’s basslines. There is one exception though. “Atephobic” is a bass solo instrumental song (track #4 on The Human Price) where the writing process was reversed completely. The bassline and arrangement was done first (by Farhan). Then came in drums, keys and finally the guitars.


Who or what is your inspiration, if you have any?


Chandra: It’s mainly the guitar heroes, who inspired me from early on. There’s so many of them, but here’s a few (in chronological order): David Gilmour, Slash, James Hetfield, Randy Rhoads, Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Jasun Tipton.


Rohil: Definitely Mike Mangini, Mike Portnoy, Thomas Lang, Dave Weckl, Tony Royster Jr., Danny Carey, and Luke Holland to name a few. They all bring a variety of influences into their drumming, and it really shows.


The Human Price


What is your favourite piece on the “The Human Price" album?


Eric: The title track “The Human Price” was a labor of love and is an emotional roller coaster of an epic tune.


Farhan: Atephobic.. duh! :-)


Rohil: The Final Figure--super hard hitting and fun to perform live as well.


Chandra: Love everything on the album. The title track is a great place to start. If I have to pick just one favorite section of any song, it would probably be the ending of Wired Ruins which has a 5/4-4/4 polymeter structure with ambient leads and vocals.


Vinod: The rolling drums and the samples come to a halt and the hard hitting intro riff to Wired Ruins kicks in. Goosebumps!


What makes “The Human Price" different?


It’s got elements from various influences and we hope that whole package put together makes it a unique listen.


What should music lovers expect from “The Human Price"?


Just like its predecessor, this album surely has overflowing guitar riffs, powerful vocals, anthemic sections mixed in with acoustic and psychedelic arrangements. The album also features some really talented musician friends of the band. You can hear jazz, acoustic and psychedelic influences in “Atephobic” and “Devil’s Promenade”. It’s a prog metal album, so to be on the safe side, expect the unexpected. Haha.


What kind of emotions would you like your audience to feel when they listen to your music?


We want the audience to feel the music and rock out and at the same time understand the lyrics and themes, so they can really relate to the song.


Which do you like most, life in the studio or on tour?


This is the hardest question of all :-) Though the two are related, studio and stage experiences are like apples and oranges, and both are equally awesome!


Pick your three favourite albums that you would take on a desert island with you.


Eric:


Awe come on man! I have over 2T of music and would bring my entire hard drive if I could. I also have a short attention span but if I had to pick…


Black Sabbath “ Black Sabbath”
Iron Maiden “Number of the Beast”
Dream Theater “Images & Words”


Farhan:


#1 Hang on Little Tomato - Pink Martini


#2 Kind of Blue - Miles Davis


#3 Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd


Chandra:


#1 Blackwater Park - Opeth


#2 Meddle - Pink Floyd


#3 Friday Night in San Francisco (live) - Paco De Lucia, John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola


Rohil:


#1 Meteora- Linkin Park


#2 Train of Thought- Dream Theater


#3 Polaris- Tesseract


Vinod:


#1 Opeth - Blackwater Park
#2 Dream Theater - Images and Words
#3 Leprous - Bilateral


Get "The Human Price" by Utopian Trap from Bandcamp.


Interview with UTOPIAN TRAP

Utopian Trap is a progressive metal quintet hailing from San Jose in California, and The Human Price is their sophomore studio album released on July 13, 2016. On the follow-up to 2010’s Fiction Fades Into Reality, Utopian Trap go a step further in delivering a work that is focused on melody rather on technicality. In the interview for Djenthall, the band tells us about the ways of working within the band.

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Added on: August 1st, 2016 by djent

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