Who are your core influences? A huge one would be Opeth. Their songwriting, textures, and orchestral arrangement is so inspiring to listen to. Pat Metheny is also a huge influence of mine, his compositions are amazing and his improvising is so tasteful, and has just enough weirdness to not allow listeners any detachment from the music.
What got you interested in prog? When people think of prog as a genre purely filled with 19-minute, I think they’re really limiting themselves to what’s out there. What interested me was that it's a genre that lets you do pretty much anything and really allows musicians to go the extra mile and blend genres and get really creative with their compositions.
How do you experiment at practice/in the studio? Enlight is really fortunate because we all studied music together at Box Hill Institute. When it comes to musical conversations and developing ideas, we all played together at uni and now have a fairly comfortable way of communicating musical thoughts in an experimental setting.
Have you ever played Progfest before? Tim Charles put us on the lineup in 2014, and that was Enlight’s first official gig. The experience was amazing, playing our first show to about 80-100 people. For me personally, I never knew there was an event for this type of music in Melbourne, so the whole thing was pretty surreal.
What makes Progfest so extraordinary? Progfest is amazing because the bands aren’t just great live acts, they're also made up of very good musicians. It’s such an amazing opportunity and it gives bands the opportunity to share what we love with each other, but I think it’s also a great time to form new relationships and networks.