In this Dream Tour segment, the progressive metal artist, Narayan, reveals who he would want on his ultimate tour lineup. You can check out their picks, after the break.
I have so many permutations of dream tours in my mind spanning across different eras and musical temperaments!
If I had to pick my present day dream tour, it would be with Pendulum and Mick Gordon. I love their approach towards writing music and the energy of their performances. While there isn’t an official ‘Mick Gordon’ touring band, his one live recorded performance video at the 2016 Game Awards blew me away and I am sure he would be a musical force to reckon with as a live act. It told me everything I needed to know about him as a live performer.
There have been many nights where I have ventured into furthest reaches of Youtube to search for any (and all) interviews from the members of Pendulum and Mr Gordon.
For me, these two artists seem to share a strong passion for sound design within the live and recorded idioms: varying shades of distorted sounds, delays, reverbs, the different timbres of electronic synthesisers and filters, powerful drums and a detailed approach to bass. There is an intense edge to what they do which really resonates with me. The light shows during their live set(s) also really help round the whole experience off.
Composition, fantastic live performances with body language that compliment the music, emotive sound crafting and strong arrangements are the lessons I try my best to glean from these two musical juggernauts.
I feel that these qualities are what I project onto my current state of evolving musical values as well. The tasteful and thematic ways of blending cool technology/unconventional instruments into songwriting is something that really inspires me as well.
I would be looking to engage in conversations with these humans that go pretty deep exploring things like humour, negative things, positive things, the philosophies behind their approaches to life, the incredibly absurd and music, of course.
Writing with them and inhabiting the same stage as them night after night, would be quite the experience for me.
To slightly digress, there are so many artists here in Melbourne, Australia where I live, that are extremely brilliant musicians (and cool people) that I would love to spend time, work, collaborate and learn from!