Konstant Singularity’s second studio album “Randomnicity” was released in December 2016, and being a) a late release of the year, and b) an album from an unknown artist are two things that will do a total injustice to this record. Konstant Singularity is a brainchild of a multi-instrumentalist, but mostly guitarist, Konstantin Ilin, a musician from Saint Petersburg in Russia, who currently lives and works in Dublin. “Randomnicity” brings eleven songs of quality instrumental fusion /progressive rock. Producing complex material with such a sophisticated execution is what makes Konstantin’s work on the album amazing.
Progarchy talked with Konstantin, and here is what he had to tell us about his work.
Hey Konstantin. How are you doing?
Brilliant! Thank you. It is a great feeling after the release. Relief and accomplishment. I can relax, take a sort-of deep breath and choose what I will do next. It is also very pleasant state – ‘before you start something new’. An anticipation of an interesting project coming up.
You released “Randomnicity” recently. How do you feel about the release?
I feel very satisfied! I’ve put so much passion into this music. It was an experiment to write whatever feels good to me forgetting about genres and formats. Very egoistic approach! (laughing). But at the same time, it is very honest. Right?
How much of a challenge was to work on the album?
It was quite an ambitious project, cause I planned to do everything myself. It is very challenging to try to achieve professional studio quality at home especially when you’re not a skilled sound engineer. I would like to thank my friends Alex Vostrikov for drums recording and Yury Klementiev for the beautiful album cover. I can’t overestimate their contribution, really. In terms of writing music, it was a pleasure. This part was not challenging at all – pure joy!
What other artists similar to your genre that are coming from Russia are you friends with?
Well I must mention Alex Vostrikov – the great drummer, who recorded tracks for my album. He released solo jazz fusion record not so long ago called ‘Ambush at the Movies’. Also I would mention interesting electronic band ‘Half Dub Theory’. Not really my genre, though.
What is your opinion about the current progressive scene?
Generally in the world – it is amazing. So many great bands. In Russia – very limited. There is no strong community in this music genre. I think because such music is not really popular. The community of skilled musicians is new and most of them are young. I hope it will get better.
Can you tell me something about your influences?
I have to start with Steven Wilson. He is a brilliant musician. I admire him so much. All his solo work, as well as Porcupine Tree, had a huge influence on me in terms of music in general. From guitar standpoint I absorbed some elements from such amazing instrumentalists like Andy Timmons, Guthrie Govan, Joe Satriani, Scott Henderson… This list would go on and on. I try to incorporate different technics and styles. But everything started with Beatles, Queen and Dire Straits. I love old stuff as well.
What are you listening to these days?
I’ve discovered splendid jazz band ‘Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band’. Elegant music. I often listen to ‘Snarky Puppy’. So impressed how skilled and talented these musicians are! A lot of Steven Wilson of course.
Your 5 favourite records of all the time?
Wow! That’s a tough one! It will be very subjective, so please don’t be offended (laughing).
1. Queen – Jazz (1978)
2. Beatle – Help! (1965)
3. Dire Straits – Love over Gold (1982)
4. Dream Theater – Metropolis Pt.2: Scenes from a Memory (1999)
5. Steven Wilson – The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories) (2013)
Can you tell me a little bit more about the gear you use to record “Randomnicity”?
First things first – my beautiful Music Man BFR Koa 7 string guitar. Such a great versatile instrument. If something happened to it I would by exactly the same again. All guitar sounds are recorded through Kemper Profiling Amp. It is a revolutionary piece of gear. It enabled guitarists to record top-notch-quality tracks anywhere. I used Fender Jaguar for bass lines and Roland RD-64 electric piano as Midi keyboard mostly. Recorded everything into Logic Pro X. The significant improvement in sound was achieved by using Slate Digital plugins for mixing. They give realistic analogue sound and breath life into digital recording.
Besides the release of the album, are there any other plans for the future?
Sure, we will work with the drummer – Alex Vostrikov, on some new stuff. Also, I have a lot of ideas for next Konstant Singularity.
Any words for the potential new fans?
If you are a sophisticated fan of progressive music I hope I will please you with recognisable references and surprise with an unconventional mixture of styles. In case you are a new to instrumental music I believe you will be moved by melodies and entertained by a voice of the guitar.