Experimental beyond expectations, HOIA is an infusion of musical interests by Prateek Rajagopal. Popularly known for being a virtuoso guitarist, budding film composer and writer/producer for death metal legions “GUTSLIT” & Indian/Amercian prog metal supergroup “The Minerva Conduct,” his interest in genres and art forms beyond metal gave rise to HOIA, inspired by Avant-garde, progressive rock, experimental and industrial music.
After releasing two EPs with HOIA, Prateek is all set to release his debut album titled “Scavenger.” The record has a more sophisticated songwriting approach compared to his previous releases, albeit still very ‘prog,’ and also features Prateek as a vocalist for the first time. The instruments used on the album are unlike his other projects, using samples of rotating fans and vehicle sounds, analog synthesizers and digital manipulation along with organic instruments like guitars (acoustic, electric), piano and strings.
Says Prateek, “The album deals with human-sentimentality concepts like nostalgia, demise, anxiety and the need to ‘scavenge’ to survive, bubbled in fictitious concepts as individual stories. It isn’t a concept album, but there’s a loose relation across the individual stories.”
Although he is the primary songwriter, Prateek approached Colin Edwin of “Porcupine Tree” & Wojtek Deregowski (a reputed session musician from Poland) to perform bass and drums respectively.
“In a world full of guitarists, I am lucky enough to somehow work with a steady flow of really interesting and unique players, so I am very happy to be involved with Prateek Rajagopal’s new HOIA album, a solid collection of inspiring tracks across an ever-evolving deep sonic landscape. Lots of unexpected elements which fuse together really well, with a some great twists for the adventurous listener, top stuff.” – Colin Edwin
“Even though I know all the tunes from the new HOIA album really well, I like to come back and listen to them again. It’s just a very good music in which you may always find something new that surprises and catches your attention. Fresh sounds, a lot of space and emotions at the same time. I’m really happy that I could contribute to the music by recording drum parts. Prateek gave me a lot of freedom in expressing my own style of playing so I improvised much hoping to give the music even more feelings and interesting ideas.” – Wojtek Deregowski
HOIA’s “Scavenger” has been in the works for over 2 years and clocks in at 33 minutes. The track-list is as follows
1. Write Across 2. Escape Orb 3. Electric Wizard 4. Part II 5. Scavenger
“An all-out prog fest, going from intricate chilling melodies to odd-time riffs and shattering drum-work.” – Rolling Stone (India)
In support of the release Prateek has plans to tour and the members are also willing to perform, but his multiple commitments in Mumbai and other projects are holding it back. A music/visualization video (by illustrator/director Aniruddh “Thebigfatminimalist” Mehta) for “Write Across,” a drum play-through of “Electric Wizard,” and an album stream video are all ready.
In closing Prateek has this to say, “The album deals with simple human emotions. However, writing them as stories felt natural and subtle, and thinking about characters/plots made the process very enjoyable. I hope that people understand the metaphors and Easter eggs too, since everyone goes through similar human emotions. So if people relate with the stories, they might feel better and less lonely, and in turn feel hopeful about life and this world.”
FERNANDO PERDOMO is a powerhouse of the LA music scene who lives and breathes music. The product of the eclectic record collection he put together at an early age as a regular customer in every thrift store and flea market in Miami, the LA Weekly dubbed him “The millennial answer to Todd Rundgren.” A veteran at 37, he has made a name for himself as an in-demand producer, singer/songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist.
As owner and operator of Reseda Ranch Studios (Reseda, CA), he has been involved in a wide range of musical productions. Some of his current projects include folk legend Linda Perhacs, Dean Ford, Andy Pratt, Rebecca Pidgeon, Cristina Vane, Jacob Jeffries, The Dirty Diamond, Ex Norwegian, Alih Jey, Emitt Rhodes (as bass player), Dave Kerzner (as bassist and guitarist), Cait Brennan, Ken Sharp, as well as TV music for Honda, Target, McDonalds, Goya, Dunkin Donuts, Toyota,
Shameless, and Dexter.
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FERNANDO released his first solo album, Home Is Wherever You Are, in 2012, followed by Warm in 2014. In 2014, FERNANDO also joined acclaimed LA band The Dirty Diamond and performed at The Greek Theater, House of Blues, The Avalon, The Roxy, and The Troubadour.
In 2015, he recorded most of the bass and guitars on the acclaimed album New World by Dave Kerzner. The album also features Steve Hackett (Genesis), Keith Emerson (ELP), Simon Phillips (The Who), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), Durga McBroom Hudson (Pink Floyd), Francis Dunnery, Nick D’Virgilio, and Billy Sherwood. In October, Fernando was one of the guitar players at the “Echo In The Canyon” concert in Los Angeles with Fiona Apple, Jakob Dylan, Regina Spektor, Beck, Cat Power, and Jade Castrinos. Fernando will also be on the companion album of the project scheduled for release in 2018.
2016 saw the release of his third solo album, Voyeurs.
In the summer of 2017 FERNANDO released, The Golden Hour. The album was recorded at the iconic Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN, with engineer Adam Hill, and at his own Reseda Ranch Studios, mixed and mastered by Grammy Award winner Zach Ziskin. 2017 also found FERNANDO recording most of the bass and guitars on Kerzner’s highly-acclaimed second solo album, Static.
His fifth solo album, and his first instrumental progressive rock album, was released by Forward Motion Records on February 9, 2018. Out To Sea was recorded and produced by FERNANDO at Reseda Ranch Studios, mixed and mastered by Zach Ziskin, and features cover art by Paul Whitehead (Trespass, Nursery Cryme, and Foxtrot by Genesis).
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FERNANDO PERDOMO’s touring and recording credits include Christian Castro, Paulina Rubio, Soraya, Mika, Sam Moore (of Sam and Dave), Frankie Negron, Hilary McCrae, Elsten Torres, and Dave Kerzner. As guitarist for the Dave Kerzner Band, he performs annually on the progressive rock music cruise experience Cruise To The Edge. In 2017, he performed with Dave Kerzner Band at ProgDay, ProgStock, Progtoberfest III, and at the ProgDreams VII festival in Amsterdam in March of 2018.
In these days Karmamoi is working on making the new album “The Day is Done“, out on 2018.
As you may have heard, the band launched a crowdfunding campaign for this album and your support could be really helpful.
You can find out all info about the crowdfunding campaign page by clicking here: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/karmamoinewalbum
Colin Edwin (Bassist of Porcupine Tree) and Geoff Leigh (Flutist of Steven Wilson) have been involved in this new album. Mark Tucker (Jethro Tull) will be the sound engineer of the album.
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