Preparing for Progfest: Voyager

With Progfest 2018 only a few weeks 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 Voyager in our Progfest Q&A special feature below.

Who are we chatting to and what do you do in the band?

Hello, this is Ash Doodkorte. I do the graphic design, occasional video editing, and some management and logistics for Voyager. If I can find the time in between all that, I also play the drums.

 

Who are your biggest influences?

Dave Grohl on drums for Nirvana was always one of my biggest influences. My dad used to play Nirvana CDs and videos at home all the time when I was first learning to drum.

 

What do you love about making music?

Writing music is one of the closest things to a mysterious, impermeable, incomprehensible process as my bitter, cynical brain permits itself to indulge. It never ceases to get my heart racing with excitement and happiness.   

 

What drew you to progressive music?

One of the best things about playing progressive music is the fact that there seem to be very few rules to what I can play … You won't hear anyone ever say, "Hey, that's really not progressive metal, mate" … There's really no limits to where you can go with the music.

 

If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why?

I don't have many musical heroes I guess, but maybe I'd go back to the late ‘80s and leave some live videos with a young Trent Reznor … It might facilitate the extraordinarily slim chance that when he's putting a live band together in the future, he might remember that drummer from the Voyager video.

 

What can a punter expect from your live show?

A punter will see a strange grab-bag of five incongruous-looking individuals having a blast and making idiots of themselves on stage. They can expect to smile a lot, dance a little, and be entertained. 

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