With Progfest 2019 a little over a month away, we sat down with some of the stellar acts on this year's lineup to get to know them better. Find out more about Circles in our Progfest Q&A special feature below.
Who are we chatting to and what do you do in the band?
Ted Furuhashi – Guitars/Producer.
Who are your biggest influences?
Michael Jackson, Meshuggah, SikTh, Prince, NSYNC and Pantera.
What do you love about making music?
There's nothing else that can give me the same feeling. The best feeling is when you create a piece of music and it can mean something to someone on the other side of the planet who doesn't even speak the same language. We've recently toured Europe and met fans that our music has reached and we were completely blown away. When someone tells you that your music has helped them through a tough time, it's a very special thing and to be able to help a fellow human in that way is the reason why I make music.
What drew you to progressive music?
I wanted to hear something more challenging both musically and emotionally. It felt like a natural progression coming from pop to rock then metal. Being a young musician, playing an instrument can motivate you into searching for more challenging music both technically and in songwriting.
If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your music, who would it be and why?
Probably a producer/audio engineer/songwriter, just to see how they would critique the songwriting/mix. It depends on what you want from them, really – do you want to show them just because you admire them? Because they'll probably just try to be nice and say it sounds great.
What can a punter expect from your live show?
Four dudes playing honest music, energy and good times.