Fields of Violet is a rock music project by composer and producer, Rafael Katigbak featuring performances by musicians from all over the globe.
How would you describe your music?
It is generally rock but is infused with many different styles and influences. I didn’t want to sound cliche by saying “We’re not bound by any genres” but the reality is that this project was about exploring different sounds and styles so that’s why it sounds the way it does. You’ll have to hear it for yourself to understand.
Tell us about how the history of your project?
I was in a heavy metal band called Scorching Winter and I composed the songs for the band. But towards the end of 2016, my musical taste started changing. I was listening to some mellower stuff and I began writing songs that didn’t really fit the context of the band. I also wanted to explore new soundscapes and play with other instruments that were not available to me in the band so I started this project. I finished writing the songs, did demos in my studio and found some amazing musicians to work with on line.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
Porcupine Tree would be one of them. I think that with Steven Wilson’s writing and Gavin Harrison’s creative take on rythmic design, it doesn’t get much better than that band. I also like heavier acts like Dream Theater, Devin Townsend and Opeth. Although if you listen to Fields of Violet you’ll probably struggle to associate it with any of those. Nevertheless, the key elements I love about their music are there.
What inspires you?
I have this constant need to do creative projects. I think I have a creative mind and I’m always looking for outlets to express that. So in that regards, the song writing process itself is what inspires me to write songs if that makes any sense. With regards to lyrics, this is the first time that I’ve had to write all of the lyrics. While the stories are fictional and told from a fictional character’s point of view, they are based on true events. They are basically metaphors for events that either happened to me directly or I have witnessed.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
I can write anywhere but always at my own time. While I love just playing around in my home studio, I’ve written a lot of things while driving, waiting in airport gates, etc.
What is your favourite song from your project and why?
If I had to choose one, it would probably be ‘Starlight’. It’s a very different style to what I usually write. It’s great to sing along to and the background music is pretty cool.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
At this point, the project is not intended to be a live act. Who knows, maybe in the future. If I was to put on a show/tour for it, my dream would be to have all the musicians playing live. No tapes. It won’t be cheap 🙂
What are your current thoughts on the music industry?
It’s definitely a different landscape and everyone is still trying to figure out how they can survive and thrive in these conditions. As an independent artist, it is now easier and cheaper to produce music and reach a wider audience. The downside is that so can everyone else so there’s an oversupply of music and the abundance of bad music makes it difficult to find good ones. I think whoever is thinking that they can do this for a living should be realistic about their expectations. In saying that, there are some success stories with Patreon campaigns and social media sensations that we can learn a thing or two from.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
As I said, I haven’t toured for this project. I can think of one from my previous band but I would rather not say for fear of offending people from that place.
What are your future plans?
There’s still a lot of work ahead in terms of promoting this EP so that will keep me busy in the next few months. But I am already thinking about what concept I’m going to do for the next release. Also, I am hoping this release will bring opportunities for me to work with other artists either on this project or another.