Guamskyy is an instrumental progressive rock/metal project managed by guitarist and composer Christian San Agustin, who is about to release an album titled “Seven Parallels” on December 20th. In an interview for Progarchy, Agustin tells us about his project.
What made you go for the name Guamskyy?
I came up with the name as my Xbox gamertag! Me and my buddies back in high school added “skyy” to the end of a name we’d pick. Because I’m from the island of Guam, it was only fitting for me to choose that name, with my friends agreeing with me. Fast forward from there to a couple years ago with my first EP release “Journey Home” and needing a moniker, there was no better choice.
How do you usually describe your music?
I describe my music as instrumental progressive metal, but most of the time I’ll get a confused look from people not familiar with acts similar to mine. Oh well, I guess they’re actually interested because they’d ask more about my music!
What is your writing process like?
Long and draining; on average it would take me a couple months to write one full fledged song. I’d write a quarter of a song, get writer’s block and come back days, weeks, or even months later to write another section of the song, or hopefully write the song in full. I wish it was smoother but it gets it done right?
Who or what is your inspiration, if you have any?
Just like everyone else, I go through phases of inspiration from experiencing different things in life. Whether it be new music, traveling, rough patches in life, good patches in life, and so many other things I cannot recall. I see music as being tagged into memories and experiences in life that whenever you would hear an old track, you would remember when you heard it, where you were in life, and how the song makes you feel, whether nostalgically happy or sad: I call this phenomenon an “Audible Memory.” Aside from that, I take musical inspiration from Intervals, Sithu Aye, The 1975, & Periphery to name a tiny few.
What is your favourite piece on the upcoming album “Seven Parallels”?
That’s a hard one! I have two tracks that I go between being my favorite depending on how I feel, so I’d have to say it is a tie between GVPS and Crystals!
What makes “Seven Parallels” different?
Seven Parallels is a culmination of years of hard work that I went through to bring the song that I heard in my head, into fruition and for eager ears to listen to. I can only hope that this album can offer many people with differing musical tastes to appreciate the work I did on this album.
What should music lovers expect from the album?
Music lovers can expect a relatively diverse album, ranging from simple motifs and riffs to head bang to, mellow guitar tracks to wind down, technical guitar riffs to impress (hopefully!), and an EDM track just to say that I did it!
What kind of emotions would you like your audience to feel when they listen to your music?
I’d like the audience to feel what I feel when I play my music: to have a good time and acknowledge that my hard work paid off and that they can hear it all!
Which do you like most, life in the studio or on tour?
Seeing that I’ve only recently done Guamskyy live once so far, it would be a tough, uninformed decision to make. I definitely enjoy being on stage but don’t have enough experience to choose that over life in the studio. The whole recording is very tedious and taxing in my experience, but you gotta do the studio before you take it on stage right?
Pick your three favourite albums that you would take on a desert island with you.
Well I hope Periphery’s Juggernaut Alpha & Omega album counts as one, because you can’t listen to just one of them! I’d choose that, The 1975’s Self Titled album, and Sithu Aye’s Senpai, Please Notice Me EP!
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