Outer Space Experiment is a new international collaborative rock project. The group is the brainchild of Bulgarian guitarist and producer Todor Todorov. Motivated to bring some new ideas to the post metal scene, he and his ‘fictional’ band create psychedelic groove metal inspired by bands like Pink Floyd, Tool, Deftones and other post rock and post grunge heroes.
Todor handles all guitar, bass and synth duties for Outer Space Experiment. For a rhythm section he reached out across Europe to team up with drummer Zamm Kenoby (France) and vocalist Eric Castiglia (Italy). “My Own Universe” is the debut single from Outer Space Experiment, released worldwide on August 19, 2022 via all major streaming services.
A dark metal riff opens the track before the beat drops on hard percussive rhythm. Todor and Zamm lay down a hard Pantera-worthy groove as Eric delivers his vocal with all the drama and emotional intensity of Tool. The band navigates a complex and hard-hitting prog-rock arrangement before the track morphs into an acid rock trip in the bridge. The song ends on the hard riffs and vocal harmonies of the verse.
Check out “My Own Universe” by Outer Space Experiment below. You can also hear the song on the Deep Indie Dive playlist, or listen on your favorite streaming service. We had the chance to chat with Todor Todorov about the new project. Check out his answers to our 8 questions below. Follow the links at the end of this article to connect with the Outer space Experiment. Get on their socials and get in the loop on all of the music to come from this exciting new international act.
8 Questions with Outer Space Experiment
You are all from different countries. How did you come together to form the band?
I did not find the right people in the region where I live. So I started to look online for people who like this music and who are willing to play with me and release my ideas. With a little bit of luck I found a great drummer and a great voice on a freelance platform.
How long have you been making music?
I`m playing with local bands since 2007. When I was in High school. Some of my ex bands are Final Flame, Mental Reborn, Imperium, Bagabonti (well unknown bands) but we did not come up with a release with any of them. Probably we`ll work again with Final Flame because we got an album ready waiting to be recorded.
What is the writing and recording process with each of you living so far apart?
I’m the general moving force of this band and the master mind. I decide what each song will sound like. After I’m done with all parts of the song I record it in my basic home studio and forward the track to the drummer. After I receive the drums I start to write the bass guitar and the synths (if any).
After this is done I get everything to the vocalist. With drums and bass recorded he will get a better idea of what’s going on and how to write his lyrics and vocals. After I am happy with everything I send the tracks to a professional studio in the UK for mixing and mastering. That’s it. It’s a new form of music writing/production for me. I don`t waste time on rehearsals, transport, nerves and hassle.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
Probably my biggest influence is Pink Floyd. I’ve been through a lot of music since I was a kid. Metallica, heavy metal, death metal, black metal. After that the new age of rock, the 00s. with Korn, System of a Down and that kind of childish stuff. But Pink Floyd was always there.
Another big influence is Adam Jones and Tool. I’m still listening to it.. and will continue for sure :). I’m also a huge fan of 60s and 70s rock. Doors. Zeppelin etc..
What is your greatest non-musical influence?
Probably my son. A one and half year old kid.. it’s cute! Apart from that we were fed with American culture after the end of the Soviet era in Bulgaria. And… More or less we wanted to be like Americans since I was a kid; the movies, the superheroes, the burgers. But something was always missing. Our mentality and ingredients are different and we cannot be superheroes :). We don’t have the balls for this. So apart from my kid I’m a huge movie lover. Tarantino is a great influence for example.
What inspired you to create Outer Space Experiment?
The main inspiration for this album is a strange meeting with a kid. A friend of mine, suffering from addiction, is 1 or 2 year younger than me. One night after a rehearsal with my ex band Bagabonti in the town where i live in – Pavlikeni/Bulgaria.
We usually left the place where we play and go outside and drink beer. Well, we get some beer from the shop and sit on a bench in the park. A few minutes later this guy appeared. Bare feet and underwear, nothing else. He just sat next to us and started to tell some delusional stuff. Probably his brain was in overdrive mode.
A moment later I decided to take out my phone and record his speech.. he was talking about the universe, energies, and many many more abstract stuff. After he left I told myself that i`m gonna make an album just out of this 30 min speech. and it’s almost done! It didn’t happen with the band I played at that time and that’s why I looked for other players.
What are your plans for the future (musically)?
To look for another inspiration and to bring more music to the world. And to record my ex band’s album (Final Flame)
Is there anything else you would like to say?
I think that’s more than enough! – Outer Space Experiment