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Progstravaganza Questionnaire: Perfect Beings

Perfect Beings are all about the interplay of five forces, each bringing their individual styles and talents to the plate, combining them into one big musical feast. After playing their first shows in January, their self-titled debut ”perfect_beings” is being released February 1st, 2014.

We teamed up with guitarist Johannes Luley for the Progstravaganza Questionnaire.

How did you come to do what you do?

Hello, this is Johannes Luley, guitarist in Perfect Beings. I’ve been doing music all my life, first as a guitar player in various bands, later as a session player. In 1996 I started producing other artists and also learned how to engineer. Since 2002 I have been coming back to being a guitar player and composer, while still pursuing my other professional activities.

What is your first musical memory?

Probably my Grandfather playing Schumann on the piano.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Life, I guess. I always have music in my head. These days Perfect Beings is inspiring me to compose new challenging music.

What message does the song on our Progstravaganza compilation carry?

Bees and Wasps describes a post-apocalyptic world in which the dark skies are artificially brightened and depression has turned into a plague affecting almost everyone. Bees are extinct and only exist in some people’s memory, while geo-engineering cooperations run the country. It’s a dark vision of the not too far future, but there also is hope.

Do you tend to follow any pre-defined patterns when composing a piece?

Not really, but no matter how the songs evolve, they will always have to meet a very high standard. We don’t put “filler tracks” on our records.

What is your method of songwriting?

Usually Ryan, our singer, comes to me with a song idea and then we dissect it, add parts, mess it up, mess it up some more and then put it back together. This is how the current album was created. On the next record, the band will probably be more involved and everybody will contribute compositions.

How do you see your music evolving?

Our next album will be different from our debut, for reasons I have described above and also, because we don’t like repeating ourselves.

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What advice would you give to other musicians, trying to make inspired music and get it out in the world?

Follow your heart, don’t compromise your style and don’t wait for anyone else to do the work for you when it comes to getting it out there.

What are you looking forward to?

Touring the world with Perfect Beings. Please visit perfectbeingsband.com for news and announcements. You will also find a Facebook link there.

Links:

http://www.perfectbeingsband.com

https://www.facebook.com/perfectbeingsband

Bands, send your music submissions for the Progstravaganza compilation series to info@prog-sphere.com

Perfect Beings on Progstravaganza compilation

Perfect Beings

When Chris Tristram wasn’t playing bass with Slash or Marjorie Fair, he often thought about going back to his musical roots. On a whim, he filmed himself playing along with “Roundabout” by Yes and posted a video online.

Almost 100,000 viewers watched it, including Moth Vellum founder Johannes Luley, who was looking to complete the lineup of his new project Perfect Beings. Tristram’s flawless and confident performance instantly convinced Luley that his search was over.

Half a year earlier, Luley had approached songwriter Ryan Hurtgen, a fresh transplant from Nashville, about collaborating on a progressive rock project. The two envisioned an album that would honor the style of traditional prog rock, while infusing it with a fresh take on melodic lines and lyrics, and by doing so, catapult the genre into our present time. They loosely based the album on the 2013 sci-fi novel “Tj and Tosc” by Suhail Rafidi – its themes of transformation, self-identity, technology, and love in a post-apocalyptic world were a perfect fit with the music. Dicki Fliszar, drummer for Bruce Dickinson’s band, joined them in the late writing stages.

Once the concept for the album was fully sketched out, the search was on for a keyboard player and a bassist. Fliszar’s former band mate Jesse Nason and the afore mentioned Tristram were the undisputed choice. In the spring of 2013 Perfect Beings recorded their debut at Luley’s studio, My Sonic Temple in Los Angeles.

Perfect Beings are all about the interplay of five forces, each bringing their individual styles and talents to the plate, combining them into one big musical feast. After playing their first shows in January, their self-titled debut ”perfect_beings” is being released February 1st, 2014. Additional shows are planned in Los Angeles, San Francisco and cities in between to support the release.

Links:

http://www.perfectbeingsband.com

https://www.facebook.com/perfectbeingsband