Australian composer and guitarist James Norbert Ivanyi has just released his new EP release The Usurper, which showcases all the brilliance of this amazing artist. Rocking Charts talked with James about the new release, he also reflects about his writing methods, and more.
Releasing music under your birth name; does that make things harder for you? Does it make you feel more responsible for what you create?
It does add to the pressure a little bit, definitely! But perhaps ‘pressure’ isn’t the right word. It’s just a heightened sense of being exposed. I notice it especially when touring and people are coming out to see ‘insert name here’, and it’s kind of weird to think that’s why people are coming, and not to see a band.. It’s something I’m slowly getting used to.
How do you usually describe your music?
I’d describe it as modern progressive metal, with classic rock and psychedelic influences.
What is your writing process like?
I usually write as I record, and have found that to be a very stable way for me to maintain flow and inspiration. For ‘The Usurper’ I did things a little differently and wrote to a piece of artwork, which was a fun experiment.
Who or what is your inspiration, if you have any?
I don’t have any other inspiration aside from the inner urge to simply make music. It’s something that makes me extremely happy so as long as that flame is there and I have the energy to do so, I don’t think I’ll ever stop.
What is your favourite piece on the “The Usurper” EP?
I particularly love the song ‘A Fatal Eminence’ because it was the first song I finished for the EP, and it really set the bar and the pace for the rest of the record. The saxophone solo on that track is also a highlight for me.
What makes “The Usurper” different?
I’d like to think that it is a unique blend of heavy metal and classic 60’s era rock. I’m not trying to re-invent the wheel with it or anything like that, but as far as this kind of thing is concerned in the guitar/instrumental scene, I’m aiming to contribute something sonically different to what’s out there. It features a lot of brass, wind and classic tones while maintaining a ‘heavy’ mix, which I think makes it a unique record.
What should music lovers expect from “The Usurper”?
They can expect a progressive EP with lots of instrumentation and twists and turns. I try to let every instrument have it’s moment to shine, while contributing to the overall sonic value of the music.
What kind of emotions would you like your audience to feel when they listen to your music?
The EP definitely presents a message of anger and frustration, which stems from my feelings of legal systems worldwide. It’s really those feelings I was channeling while writing the music and representing it with the cover art.
Which do you like most, life in the studio or on tour?
I like them both equally. Both have they’re thrilling and terrifying elements.
Pick your three favourite albums that you would take on a desert island with you.
Led Zeppelin: Presence.
Opeth: Ghost Reveries.
Miles David: Bitches Brew.