Keigo Yoshida, guitarist and composer, is a man behind the instrumental prog metal project The Blue Prison, who has his new EP “Alchemist” coming out on January 18th. In an interview for Progstravaganza, Yoshida tells us about his work.
Alright, first thing is first. Before we dive into all the music stuff, how’s life?
Thank you for asking. Life is okay, working busy but still playing music. And all my family is good so I can’t complain.
Speaking of new music, you have an EP coming on January 18. What can people expect from “Alchemist”?
It is very aggressive EP but also melodious at same time. At least you won’t get bored for sure.
What was it like working on the album?
Not only this time but everytime I work on The Blue Prison’s records, it’s very challenging for me to searching for the sounds new and cool. It was very hectic this time as well but also it’s fun to create my own music always.
Are there any touring plans in support to “Alchemist”?
Unfortunately no, I need to have a band first. Hopefully I’ll find some people in the near future.
While we are on the subject of touring, what countries would you love to tour?
If I could go on the tour, I’d love to visit Russia and Ukraine. And of course US. Those are the three counties actually many people supporting me since the begging. And I do really appreciate it.
Who and what inspires you the most?
That could be video games. Especially “Final Fantasy” and “Resident Evil” series.
What other genres of music do you listen to? Have any of the other genres you listen to had any impact on your playing?
I listen to Jazz, Fusion, and Blues often. Especially Fusion is affecting to my play a lot I think. And I’m hoping to have more Blues taste mix to it in the future. Also I like EDM as well. It has so many things I can learn for my electronica side approach.
I really appreciate you giving us your time today. Is there anything else you would like to tell us and the fans before we wrap things up?
This EP is might not be typical instrumental metal music for many people and has a lot of interesting approach I believe. I really hope everyone would enjoy listening “Alchemist”. And thank you for reading my interview.
For more about The Blue Prison follow the project on Facebook.