Project Longsword is a creation of young guitarist and composer Wiza Kaluba, who released “Unison” EP in November. Wiza answered our set of questions about the project.
What’s Project Longsword up to these days?
Grinding, working on new materials and some videos of the old stuff, but I’m always writing anyway, so it’s mainly just keeping track of all the ideas I have and making sure that I keep a hold of the good ones to throw on the next release, I think it’s definitely going to be a bit darker and more measured than Unison and there are vocals on it which adds and extra level of challenge to the songwriting process but it wouldn’t be fun if it wasn’t challenging
How did the musical journey start for Project Longsword?
Way back when with Jamiroquai and that ridiculous funk you got in 90s arcade machines believe it or not. My music taste has changed since then but there was this really lovely approach to groove and harmony from a jazz perspective that I love to bring into whatever I do, it was really fun stuff and I think that’s the most important thing for me. I started playing prog because I enjoyed it and no matter how it comes out that end result is just me colouring the same fun grooves I heard as a kid in a more technical way.
Where did you record the album?
Bedroom recording for life, I wasn’t exactly rolling in cash so I just grabbed an interface and BIAS and sourced whatever else I needed however I could, there’s definitely a learning curve going down that route but I don’t think it’s ever been easier to start. I also really enjoyed the control I had over it and being able to write and record on my own terms.
How would you describe the sound of your just released EP ‘Unison’?
‘Melodic Post-progressive alternative satiricore’, no honestly I have no clue, different people hear different things in it and are drawn to different parts of it I try to avoid labelling stuff I write because I don’t want to compromise creatively to try and conform to or break free from a label. All I can really say is that it’s honest and that’s all I ever really want it to be.
What was the most challenging moment during the recording sessions?
Aldo Phonedog, I was writing in a style I didn’t 100% get on that song and some of the leads were really counter-intuitive for me, it was bad enough on a 6 string but when I went back and tried to replay them on bass it got very stressful very quickly. There were other moments that were difficult but that was mainly due to having terrible gear more than anything else.
Which bands or musicians influenced your music the most?
Loads of different people in loads of small ways, John Browne was a huge influence technically, and as much as I’d love to I’d be chasing rainbows if I tried to copy his sound, it was definitely an influence though. Bands like chon informed a lot of choices I made during the lighter moments in the album but it was loads of people to be honest. There was even a point where I had to stop what I was doing because it sounded like I just quoted Paul Gilbert.
Will there be a Project Longsword concert anytime soon?
I’d love to but honestly I don’t know how realistic that’d be, I have a drummer lined up from my other band Stonewolf but bass and guitar are completely up in the air at the moment, it’d definitely be something I’d really enjoy doing if I could so if anybody based round London wants to give it a go hit me up.
Project Longsword is a young project. What are your expectations as a newcomer to the “business”, especially from the promotional side?
I honestly have no expectations, the scene isn’t what it once was and there isn’t as much money in it as there used to be so I try not to form any preconceptions. In my mind I’m just gonna work as hard as I can to be as successful as possible, even if being as successful as possible won’t make me as much money as 10 years ago.
Do you believe that the new bands receive the attention they deserve or do you think it has something to do with luck?
The market’s saturated, and I think people aren’t getting the attention they deserve because there’s so many great acts out there, in general the world’s a more musical place than it was maybe 50 years ago and there are tonnes of guys who are really talented that don’t even get seen in little ways as well as big ones, like there are loads of amazing guitarists in places like Africa, who can’t get on youtube or facebook and show people what they’re doing, but they absolutely graft at their craft and make a massive effort to be the best they can be, so I guess luck has something to do with it.
What was the last concert you attended?
Bring Me The Horizon, I love Sempiternal and I heard they bring it live so I had to go and they didn’t disappoint, it wasn’t as intimate as other gigs I’ve been to but they did have a huge stage presence and they were really fun to watch.
A must-ask question for a Londoner. Beer or Ale?
A tall lager is a work of art, but after you’ve had enough of them you can’t taste the difference anyway.
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