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.”
We are pleased to announce that Peruvian band Flor de Loto have been signed to ROSFest also for 2019.
Following a spectacular performance at last year’s RoSfest, we have decided to bring Peruvian band Flor de Loto back also for the 2019 edition of our festival. For a number of reasons: Their concert last year was brilliant, and many desired to see them again sooner rather than later. Some missed out on the show, and from what they heard from others they knew they had missed something good. Hence we see to it that this situation is resolved. And finally Flor de Loto have now signed with US label Melodic Revolution Records, a label that are longtime friends of RoSfest, and they are releasing Flor de Loto’s new album Eclipse.
As we stated last year: Progressive Rock is alive and well on the South American continent, and one of the most popular progressive rock bands in South America is Flor de Loto from Peru. They have built a steadily growing fan base all over the continent since they first appeared in 2005 with their self-titled debut album, with a solid presence as a live band for more than a decade and seven (soon eight) studio albums to their name cementing their reputation as a high-quality band.
Their take on progressive rock is one that resides somewhere in between Jethro Tull and Iron Maiden, incorporating elements from metal, Andean folk music and, chamber music into their compositions alongside nods towards hard rock and psychedelic rock. This results in a sound and style with a broad appeal: This is a band with fans also from outside of the progressive rock universe.
Alonso Herrera, Alejandro Jarrin, Pablo Alayza, Alvaro Escobar, Pierre Farfán and Gabriel Iwasaki are members of a band that has a reputation as a quality act on all levels. We are eagerly looking forward to being able to once again experience one of the top progressive rock bands from the South American continent performing live at ROSfest 2019.
ROSfest 2019 will take place on May 3rd through 5th 2019 at the Sarasota Opera House, Florida. The final line-up and schedule for the festival are still TBA. Confirmed bands to appear so far are: Riverside (headliner), Karmamoi, Cryptic Vision, Prideaux, Martin Barre (performing 50 Years of Jethro Tull), Edge of Reality, Entransient, and Traverser
US progressive rock band, Entransient is confirmed for RoSFest 2019.
US band was formed back in 2014 and operate out of their home base in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The band consists of musicians with a past from the local metal scene in West Michigan and while this band is a recent formation, all the musicians are seasoned performers. They have released two albums to date: “Entransient” in 2015 and “The Weight of Things” in 2018.
While Entransient describes themselves as being more of a post and neo-progressive rock band, their music, at least on their latest album, is a bit removed from this context as regarded through the eyes of a progressive rock fan. It is easy to hear that they have caught some inspiration from bands such as Opeth, and even more so from the likes of Porcupine Tree. In terms of direct comparisons, the end result actually isn’t too far removed from the harder edged material of a band like Riverside. As Riverside are headliners, those who are looking forward to seeing them should set aside the time to enjoy the music of this fine, homegrown band as well.
Entransient is a fine addition to the roster of homegrown bands we do enjoy signing and supporting at RoSfest. Our own bands need all the support they can get, especially when they create music as appealing as this band does. We expect this band to be going places sooner rather than later, and this should be a fine concert experience for the parts of our audience that appreciates progressive rock explored in a harder-edged, metal-oriented context.
RoSfest 2019 will take place on May 3rd through May 5th, 2019 at the Sarasota Opera House, Florida. The final line-up and schedule for the festival are still TBA. Confirmed bands to appear so far are Riverside, Karmamoi, and Traverser.
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.
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