Sooraj (S): Is it Blurry By Nature or blurrybynature? Any reason for naming your band as such?
Blurrybynature (B): It's blurrybynature... although in the formative weeks of the project it was in fact Blurry By Nature.
It wasn't until I started creating artwork for the band that I decided to go with the lower case, no spaces formatting – solely because I prefer the way it looks. I suppose it's a little unusual to write it that way too, so it probably fits the music I write to some degree.
The name of the band itself actually came about during a night of trivia at the pub with family and friends. For some reason or another, the words 'blurry by nature' were strung together in a sentence by somebody, and three of us said “that'd be a cool band name” at the exact same time! I guess it must've just kind of stuck with me, because it's the name I used when I started the project a few months later.
How hard was it to start and manage a solo project? Plus any legit reasons for opting Progressive Metalcore as your genre of choice?
It was definitely a challenge – albeit an exciting one. Being a solo project, I was acutely aware that blurrybynature could be anything I wanted it to be... but the blank canvas is always a little intimidating. That said, I found that the music came (and still comes) much more naturally than the management side of things.
As for the genre, I never really set out to write Progressive Metalcore as such – in all honesty, I'm still not even sure it's the most appropriate label for the music I write. Mostly it came about after the fact; when people find out you're a recording artist, they invariably ask what sort of music it is that you write. I quickly got tired of answering people with “errrm...” so I just started calling it Progressive Metalcore. There are a lot of other influences in there too, but I suppose it kind of fits.
S: What's the hardest thing you've had to overcome and how did you overcome it?
B: Finding my own 'voice' as an artist. I couldn't begin to describe how much music I wrote and recorded that most people will never hear – all of it in different styles, and none of it much like what I write now. It took years of playing/composing music to finally write something that really resonated with me; something that felt authentic to the person I am. I guess these days I just try to write music that I want to hear... it's still evolving and growing though, as am I.
S: Which band(s) inspired you the most?
B: Oh wow. That's a tough one... I'm quite fond of Northlane (particularly their first two full-lengths), and Architects' older music (think Nightmares, Ruin etc) always gets me ticking. Radiohead is great too, I love their album Amnesiac; and the Soundcloud artist Clockvice does some incredible music production (check out 'Before Daylight'). There's so much amazing music out there though, I love it all.
S: What are your other professions and does that affect your music?
B: I'm in the throws of developing a business as a Mastering Engineer, and I do the odd fill-in gig for a friend as a bassist or guitarist. I guess the mastering side of me has a bit of a say in the attention I pay to the little, unheard-on-first-listen sounds when I'm recording/mixing... Sometimes it's a bit of a curse actually haha. Playing in a band is always great too – even if the parts are quite simple.
I suppose it affects my approach somewhat when it comes to recording; if I can't play it, I won't track it.
S: How do you spend your free time?
B: Outside, as much as possible. I love mountain biking... also, swimming at the beach when it's really, really hot is great. Other times I just drive around listening to music and thinking.
S: Do you see an advantage of being a solo project rather than being a part of a band?
B: For sure; having been in a couple of bands in the past, I can say that I definitely get music down faster working alone. I'm also generally more satisfied with the output than was back then, and revel in the freedom I have when it comes to things like production choices and album art. Don't get me wrong, I love playing live music – but when it comes to creative self-expression, (for me at least) nothing beats going solo.
S: Do you see blurrybynature continuing as a solo project? Would you consider filling out the lineup to play gigs at any point?
B: For the time being it'll continue as a solo project, but taking it to the stage is something I've thought about a lot lately. I guess it's just a matter of finding the right people and the time – I'm moving to another city really soon though, so I won't be looking just yet. One day.
S: What's your take on Online Music Sharing?
B: I think it's amazing. Everyone goes into music for different reasons, and the internet provides a space for all. That being said, with the sheer quantity of music available online now it seems to me that discovering new favourite artists is getting more difficult these days (not to mention, getting your music heard by people who might enjoy it). Or maybe I'm just useless at internet-ing.
I really hope that physical music sales never die out though. I'd really miss being able to hold a tangible product of someone's passions, and flick through a lyric booklet while I listen.
S: If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
B: I think it'd be amazing if platforms like BandCamp became the standard (for consumers and artists alike). Give creators full control over all aspects of their output – with the same sort of public exposure as one might achieve on Spotify for example. It took me two weeks just to get iTunes to accept the artist name 'blurrybynature' because it didn't use a capital letter – and heaven help me if I want to lower the price. I didn't even know how much Axioms EP was going to cost until it hit the store on release day – and I still have no control over my Spotify artist profile (despite numerous attempts).
I'd love for the music-consuming masses to gravitate towards artist-controlled platforms, in the same way as artists are beginning to. I think they will in time.
S: What do you want to achieve as a band?
B: To create music that empathises with, and understands people when they need it most (as so many have done for me); to encourage people to think more about the aspects of existence they take for granted... and to leave something behind.