MELIORIST: Interview with Guitarist Andrew Apte

Andrew Apte, guitarist for Australian progressive metal quintet Meliorist, gives a brief insight into the band’s recent, sophomore EP release “ii.”

Hey Andrew. How are you doing?

Great, thanks!

You have recently launched your second EP “ii.” How do you feel about the release?

Great, a lot of work went into it and we think everyone involved stepped up their game from the last release.

Meliorist - ii

How much of a challenge was to work on the EP?

I think perhaps a big challenge, but not so much because we really wanted to do it. Hundreds of hours were spent however.

What is your opinion about the current progressive metal scene?

Never been so much talent!

Can you tell me something about your influences?

I like to listen to lots of Jazz music.

What are you listening to these days?

Hmm heaps! Because of Spotify I am listening to hundreds of artists every week. Right now I am very obsessed with Bruno Mars & Paramore haha.

Your 5 favourite records of all the time?

Tears of Joy – Antonio Forcione

Liquid Spirit – Gregory Porter
SplitLife – Gilad Hekselman
Volition – Protest the Hero
Messengers – August Burns Red

Can you tell me a little bit more about the gear you use to record “ii.”?

We used an EC-1000 for the lead and rhythm stuff. Fender Telecaster and Ibanez PM2 for the clean.

Besides the release of the EP, are there any other plans for the future?

More new music of course!

Any words for the potential new fans?

Yes sure, you can check out our stuff on Youtube, Spotify etc. We hope you like it.

Grab “ii.” from Bandcamp here, and follow Meliorist on Facebook and YouTube.