Raw and uniquely sounding guitars merging with strong vocal melodies accompanied by top-level musicianship of all band members. That is Personal Signet, a group of amazing instrumentalists and gifted songwriters from the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Personal Signet’s music stands somewhere in between art rock and progressive metal, often being spiced up by electronic arrangements and programming.
Check them out on the Progstravaganza XVII: Progression and read the questionnaire.
How did you come to do what you do?
We have been writing music from early days and we all met at a music workshop in Czech republic in 2003. We found out our music visions were very much alike, one thing went to another and we started playing live. The feedback was good so we figured it would be a pity not to continue and now we are about to release our second full length album already.
What is your first musical memory?
Listening to Pink Floyd – The Wall on vinyl as a 5 year old. And humming Slovak folk songs prior to discovering Pink Floyd.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
We listen to tons of new music everyday. Everything is so easy to reach and find these days which is amazing and also slightly frightening. As I said I started out listening to Pink Floyd and Peter Gabriel as a kid. Then the 90’s and the grunge period came followed by the Brit pop era. I totally fell in love with bands like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Blur and others. Nowadays I think we are pretty open minded when it comes to music genres and we digest everything what we feel has something to say to us.
What message does the song on our Progstravaganza compilation carry?
The song Wires carries the message of conflict between humans and technology. We tend to spend too much time with electronic devices, internet and social media in a kind of twisted reality. We feel the real life is different and it’s important to preserve friendships elswhere then on Facebook or via tablets and iphones. All these devices and platforms are surely amazing but we try to keep everything in a „in moderation“ mode.
Do you tend to follow any pre-defined patterns when composing a piece?
The tracks usually come out of live rehearsals. Then we play around with ideas and the lyrics usually come last.
What is your method of songwriting?
See the answer above.
How do you see your music evolving?
I think it’s evolving in a less metal and more art-rock/experimental way and hopefully poeple like it.
What advice would you give to other musicians, trying to make inspired music and get it out in the world?
Be open minded, be yourself and be nice to people.
What are you looking forward to?
We are really excited for our new video Wires which is about to drop soon.
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