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Bodhi interview

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Bodhi is a the solo project of The Room Colored Charlatan guitarist Justin Seymour. I got his first release, Ineffable from Hold Tight PR last month and was really impressed with it being unfamiliar with his band. The 6 track EP is out today and brings to mind acts like Plini and Intervals.

I spoke to Justin about how Bodhi came about, music videos in 2017 and going live with the project.

Hi Justin, earlier this year you started your solo project, Bodhi. How did you come to the decision?

The idea to start Bodhi really came from a feeling, 2016 was a pretty tough year for me emotionally, I had lost a relationship and family and it felt like my life had kind of started over. Because of that I had feelings I couldn’t really express well, and as an artist the best way to do that was through writing music. However, I couldn’t really express my feelings into words so I didn’t think it would fit to write this for my band The Room Colored Charlatan. That is also where the title of the album comes from “Ineffable” meaning “too great or extreme to be expressed in words” which is how I felt. So after writing a piece I decided I would continue and put together 6 songs for an ep.

When did you start working on Ineffable?

I really started working on Ineffable in February 2017 and finished the writing and recording in May. So it was written very quickly. This tends to happen when the music comes from a place of inspiration.

Listening to the EP, I was reminded of Plini and also Intervals. What was the inspiration behind the album?

As you may have guessed, artists such as Plini, Intervals and David Maxim Micic were all an inspiration to the music. I really just wanted to make prog that you could get your girlfriend to listen to in the car with you without complaining…

What was the recording process for the EP?

I run Skyline Studios here in West Lafayette Indiana, so I had complete control over every aspect of the recording process. I tend to write and record simultaneously to make for a more efficient process. I think being able to record yourself is what allows you to take your musicianship to the next level because you piece a song together like a puzzle. The recording was done with surprisingly basic gear, I don’t use anything fancy to develop my sound. The process is essentially me sitting in my studio for hours at a time writing and recording. Then finalizing the mixing and mastering process.

Do you prefer writing and recording alone or as part of a band?

I prefer writing alone for things I take seriously. It is sometimes great to have external input but I find too much of that often leads to a worse song in the end.

You released a music video for the track Enamor. How relevant do you think music videos are in the age of Youtube and Vimeo?

I think these days video content is critical for any artist, as the old saying goes “50% of what you hear is what you see” it is pretty amazing how I showed people the song enamor prior to the video and people may not be too interested in giving it a listen, but then I send them the video and they almost always watch it. Video content is critical which is why I intend to make much more of it very soon!

What have you been listening to lately (metal and non-metal)? Are there any acts that have inspired you of late?

David Maxim Micic’s new album is really incredible and I have been listening to the album “The Youth to Become” by Stories as well. I am also very excited for the new album from The Contortionist

What are your plans for the rest of the year? Do you plan on taking Bodhi live or remain a studio project?

This demands entirely on the demand for the project. I intend to create more video content so people can get to know me more as an independent artist and if the demand grows large enough I will absolutely consider taking it on the road this summer. However, my primary goal is to create content that people can relate to and enjoy

Thanks for answering all my questions. Do you have any final words?

No problem! Sure, uhhh If you are having a hard time finding prog that your girlfriend will agree to listen to in the car, try jamming Ineffable see what she says…

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August 25, 2017 at 2:35 pm

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