May 26, 2015 Interview – Pryti
In a music industry where there are so many artists pressured into following a formula, there are those which resist and follow their own path. UK based singer-songerwriter Pryti began her journey some four years ago into the world of Rock-n-Roll. Different than her contemporaries, Pryti’s dark, moody, and highly melodic styling make her stand out in a bold way. Releasing her debut full-length album Tales of a Melancholic in 2015, the multi-instrumentalist is dubbed as one of the scene’s acts to watch out for. Recently we sat down with Pryti for a closer look at her musical vision, plans for the future, inspiration, and much more.
CrypticRock.com – You began in music at a young age and have followed through with it to create your own style and sound. What has been your main inspiration to continue your dream?
Pryti – The main inspiration to continue my dream is my love for creating music.
CrypticRock.com – That is a wonderful thing to hear. Many times a musician can be discouraged by obstacles, and there are many in today’s industry. Do you have a good support system behind you as you continue to persue your dreams?
Pryti – Yes, my family and people I know in the music industry have been very supportive. That gets me through the many obstacles.
CrypticRock.com – Now you recently released your debut album Tales of a Melancholic. This is a very dark, melodic, and cohesive piece of work. What was the concept behind the album?
Pryti – I wanted to create an album that could be the soundtrack to a film, and I wanted every song to be relatable. I wanted my music to be a punch in the gut like my favorite band’s music.
CrypticRock.com – The album certainly is very intense. There is a darkness about it all, but at the same time it is uplifting. Where do the darker textures in your songs come from?
Pryti – The darker textures come from the Goth in me (laughs). I listen to a lot of dark music and watch a lot of dark TV shows, so I like to incorporate that in my music. I think dark music can be very cathartic, but I wanted it to be uplifting as well.
CrypticRock.com – That is a great balance to look to achieve with uplifting vibes and darker textures. Seeing you had recorded the Welcome to Pariahville EP back in 2013, do you feel that helped you in your progression with this album?
Pryti – Yes, definitely, when I recorded the EP, I had not even recorded in a proper studio. I learned a lot from that experience and I knew where I wanted the album to go as well as how I wanted the songs to progress.
CrypticRock.com – There is certainly a very intense atmosphere with Tales of a Melancholic. How important is creating an atmosphere to you as a songwriter?
Pryti – It is very important. When a song has an atmosphere, you can get lost in them. Those, to me, are the songs you never forget.
CrypticRock.com – Totally agreed there. With that said, do you have an idea of what direction you would like to go in the future with your music?
Pryti – Yes, I have an idea, but I am still figuring it out. I want to write songs that are the next level, some fun upbeat ones, but dark ones too. The next album will be a bit happier.
CrypticRock.com – That is something to look forward to. There is clearly a strong emphasis on the lyrics of each track. Are these feelings from personal experiences?
Pryti – My lyrics are a mixture of personal experiences and are inspired by TV, film, and books.
CrypticRock.com – Interesting. So a story will inspire you to write about the characters to which you are watching? I ask this because that is very interesting, characters we watch in films and read about in books can be very compelling.
Pryti – Yes, a story will inspire me to write about the characters. A lot of the time, I will read or watch a scene and be really inspired and decide to write about it. For instance, “The Pessimist” was about Elizabeth’s relationship with Red and Tom in The Blacklist (2013). “Ghost” was inspired by the Vampire Academy series when Rose sees her friend Mason’s ghost. I like to write from their perspective.
CrypticRock.com – You actually played both guitar and bass on the album. Do you foresee doing so for future releases, or are their plans to compile a regular group of bandmates?
Pryti – I will be getting a band together for gigs, so on my future records I will still play guitar, but probably not bass.
CrypticRock.com – It seems that people are most comfortable with placing an artist in a genre. That sometimes can give people a misinterpretation of an artist, as well as pigeonhole them. Do you find the idea of a genre constraining?
Pryti – I do not find the idea of a genre constraining when I write because I write what I want to. However, when you are promoting it, it can be my music has a few genres in it, but just giving one can put the potential fan off if they are not into the genre specified. For instance, I have had several people tell me how they are not into Hard Rock or Metal, but they love my music.
CrypticRock.com – Well that is because your music definitely strikes an emotional chord. When singing, do you have an idea in mind of how you want to portray the lyrics, or do the emotions and inflections just come naturally?
Pryti – I have an idea in mind of how I want to sing it. However, when I am recording vocals, I try not to think too much about it. A lot of the time it will just come out and my producer Justin would be like, “Oh, that is awesome, do more of that.”
CrypticRock.com – It would be rather exciting to hear you perform these tracks live. Will you at all be considering visiting North America to perform in the future?
Pryti – Yes, that is one of my goals, which I am determined to achieve.
CrypticRock.com – Excellent news. Have you ever been to the United States and if so what was your experience like?
Pryti – Yes, I love the USA. I have been a few times, I love New York and California. My experience has always been great. The people are lovely, you make most of my favorite shows and you have Sephora.
CrypticRock.com – What are some of your musical influences?
CrypticRock.com – It sounds as if you have a very diverse musical taste. Most musicians do. It seems now a days people are more diverse in their musical tastes. What is your opinion on that?
Pryti – I think having a diverse music taste is a great thing. It means more artists and bands are supported, which is very important.
CrypticRock.com – My last question for you is pertaining to movies. CrypticRock.com covers music and Horror films. If you are a fan of Horror films, what are some of your favorite Horror films?
Pryti – Yes, I Am a fan of horror films, especially the ones I saw when I was a teen, like Scream (1996). I first saw it when I was twelve, and I still love the trilogy to this day.
CrypticRock.com – Scream has certainly become a classic. Are there some recent Horror films that you have seen that you enjoyed? It seems lately paranormal stories are the popular style. What do you think of that?
Pryti – I have not been as up to date on watching Horror films lately, nothing has really stuck out. I do love paranormal and supernatural Horror I find those interesting because they are not the typical Slasher movie where you can guess who is the killer. I mostly watch Horror TV shows like The Strain, Supernatural, Sleepy Hollow and anything with Vampires.
CrypticRock.com – Those are some really quality shows on television right now. Are there any new Horror film releases you are looking forward to?
Pryti – I am looking forward to Crimson Peak, Before I Wake, and Final Girl.