Emerging Vocalist Inspired by Maynard James Keenan

Emerging Vocalist Inspired by Maynard James KeenanNew York solo artist/multi-instrumentalist The Black Atlas (Peter Koronios) shares his influences and discusses the challenge of getting his music out there.

The Black Atlas (Peter Koronios) is beginning to get the opportunities to share his music that he’s always wanted.

He’s collaborated with some of his primary artistic influences- Colin Frangicetto (Circa Survive) & Drew Roulette (Dredg) and he’s knee deep in a signature recording project.

We asked to name his influences, his challenges and how he’s keeping true to his music.

One influential singer, and what it is that makes them stand out to you.

Maynard James Keenan has a rare versatility in being able to sound both terrifyingly powerful and vulnerable, oftentimes within the same phrase.

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Focusing on the kind of music that genuinely excites you can help your music reach the right ears

Something’s that’s worked for you in reaching a larger audience.
Focusing more on making the kind of music that genuinely excites me, rather than marketability in a general sense, has helped my music reach the right ears, I think- kind of a niche thing, I guess?

A performance FAIL
Coming down with a bad head and chest cold two days before the first performance as The Black Atlas, in New York City.

A performance SUCCESS – and why…
In the same instance, it ended up being a really strongly emotional performance, because I knew that in order to project, and perform, I had to give everything to the point of complete exhaustion.

A musical lesson you’ve learned the hard way.
You will play the way you practice- Don’t burn yourself out by performing with bad technique.

A vocal-singing lesson you’ve learned the hard way.
Posture, breath, and control are important aspects of technique – mainly because they prevent you from blowing your vocals chords out, and preserve good tone.

A few ingredients of a memorable vocal performance?
As a spectator, I like to see a vocalist spanning an emotional range throughout a performance, and I strive to do this as a performer.

As a spectator, I like to see a vocalist spanning an emotional range throughout a performance

Most important lesson you have learned about social media.
Social media is important, but don’t put the cart before the horse- keep your primary focus on the quality of the thing you are posting about.

Most important lesson you have learned about vocal health?
Warm up, cool down, don’t push yourself in to the red every night, and rest your body/voice.

A question you wished we asked you – and your answer
“Has working with a vocalist like Jesse Clasen inspired you in any way?”
I’ve probably learned more in a four hour vocal session with Jesse than the years I spent in concert choirs, touring bands, and recording my own vocal demos- his performances in themselves are inspiring lessons.


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New York solo artist/multi-instrumentalist The Black Atlas (Peter Koronios) has debuted “The Other” – first in “The Equinox” series. Blending ambient dark rock with surreal lyrical imagery, the second EP, “Devils” will premiere Spring 2015.

http://theblackatlasmusic.com  |  http://theblackatlas.bandcamp.com