Interview with BURNT CITY

Burnt City is a Progressive/Power Metal project founded by guitarist Aydin Zahedi. On debut EP “Resurgence,” Zahedi collaborated with a team of musicians featuring drummer George Kollias (Nile), bassist Mike Lepond (Symphony X, Silent Assassins), singer Gus Monsanto (Human Fortress), and keyboardist Bob Katsionis (Firewind, Serious Black). In the interview below, Aydin spoke for Rocking Charts about the creative and recording process for the EP, but also touring possibilities, and more.

Alright, first thing is first. Before we dive into all the music stuff, how’s life?

Thanks for asking, life is good here in down under, sun is shining, deadly spiders trying to kill you in the bathroom, bat fruits scream at nights and kookaburras laughing loud as soon as the sun comes up, you know, typical stuff.
other than that I am happy and my life is improving day by day and I hope it stays the same way for a long time.

Speaking of new music, you have an EP. What can people expect from “Resurgence”?

Resurgence is a power/progressive Metal EP, it is not complicated, It has catchy Choruses, killer drums and bass lines, jaw dropping keyboard solos and heavy vocals. one of my friends described it as a progressive music that you can drink to, and I think that is an accurate description.


What was it like working on the release?

It was a big challenge, I gave up once on these songs once because I tried to record them with many different people and I failed each time for various reasons, once everything was distorted, I lost all the files 2 times, right in the middle of recording a singer said he won’t sing anymore etc… it was intense, and I gave up. but my stubbornness kicked in and I finally did it. since I started working with George, Gus, Mike and Bob everything changed, they are much more experienced and professional than me and everyone I worked with before, things went really smooth, I am so happy and honoured that they accepted to play in this EP.

Are there any touring plans in support to “Resurgence”?

I am working on iT. Frankly I don’t think there is a chance for me to play these songs with the recording line-up, each one of them are super busy and are touring on different schedule, unless the band grow big. but I am hoping to find some local musicians to play some gigs here in Sydney and record the upcoming album locally. Then hopefully there will be some touring as well.

While we are on the subject of touring, what countries would you love to tour?

There is a long list but I would say Japan is on top of the list and then Sweden, Norway, Finland, Italy, Germany, Canada, United States and Brazil.

Who and what inspires you the most?

It keeps changing but Queen, Eagles and Pink Floyd were my early inspirations. when I was playing Acoustic Nylon I was into John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola and Paco De Lucia, when I stared playing electric Guitar Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Paul Gilbert, Malmsteen, Annihilator, Dream theatre, Symphony X and Ark inspired me most.

Aydin Zahedi

What other genres of music do you listen to? Have any of the other genres you listen to had any impact on your playing?

I listen to a lot of different genres, but I would say primarily I am listening to western concert music and recently I am so fascinated by film and game music, I listen to Thomas Bergersen, Ramin Djawadi, Hans Zimmer, Howard Shore, Don Davis, Junkie XL. I love the way they write everything around a main simple theme, it is like they carve a beautiful stone and build a castle around that, it is fascinating. the upcoming album is going to be very different.

I really appreciate you giving us your time today. Is there anything else you would like to tell us and the fans before we wrap things up?

Thanks for giving me the chance and thank you for the questions. I would like to thank anyone who listened to Burnt City, please share it with your friends if you liked it, follow the band, more music will come out soon, and I will put some CDs on the website as well.

Visit Burnt City website here.