The Obsidian Complex is a two-man band fronted by Joshua Aguayo, a guitarist and producer, and Adam Kovnat, a singer.
Self-produced, they combine elements of both current and classic metal while also pushing the boundaries of what is sonically possible.
As a result, the band aims to produce a sound that satisfies metal fans’ need for both intricacy and heaviness.
With them, we had a long discussion on music and their new album “Hymns of Innsmouth” which they were happy to gift us.
What is your real name?
We are Joshua Aguayo and Adam Kovnat
What’s your official Showbiz name?
Josh: Lil Daddy, jk we just go by our regular names. Nothing too fancy.
How did you get into music?
Josh: My parents always had music playing in some shape or form at a very young age in the car, while my grandfather who would always babysit me was musically obsessed. You’d always see him playing the guitar or listening to his CDs. That being said, I think being around the three was very influential in my love for music.
Adam: My parents got me a trumpet in fourth grade, and I instantly was hooked on playing music. I found metal and aggressive music in middle school and fell in love.
What field or genre are you into and how would you describe it?
Josh: I’m into a plethora of genres. We are very open-minded in terms of what we listen to. All of these genres play a role in influencing our sound as a whole.
Adam: I like all types of music, but my favourite genre(s) to both listen to and perform are metal, hardcore, and all the subgenres that fall under that umbrella.
What were your first project and the people you worked with and which year?
Josh: My first official project was this band called Yami. A technical death metal band which I had joined in 2012. That project is definitely one that I hold in my heart until this day since I learned so much from all of those members.
Adam: I had a few small bands in high school that never made it out of the garage, so I would say The Obsidian Complex is the first project that I joined with Josh Aguayo back in 2020.
Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?
Josh: My parents and friends along with a lifelong desire to feel some kind of relevance or importance in the world. I’m honestly not sure where that desire comes from but it’s very present haha.
Adam: My girlfriend, my family, pets and friends. They give me the will to keep going.
Any models you look up to? With reason(s) why?
Josh: I’d say Charles Caswell from Berried Alive. I admire his intelligence, talent, and determination. He is so driven. It’s not often you see a band led by one person who really pushes the project as a whole independently.
Adam: I have always looked up to vocalists like Corey Taylor and Keith Buckley. The level of lyricism and showmanship is something I have and will always strive for.
What do you look out for in this line of business?
Josh: Con artists for sure. There’s always someone trying to make themselves appear as someone they aren’t or offer a service that they can’t do organically, so we always have to be very cautious in terms of who we work with.
Adam: I am fairly new to this line of business. In other musicians, I look for a strong work ethic. It is always important to support one another
What are some of the challenges you face in your career path?
Josh: Oof I don’t know where to start. Maybe my crippling self-doubt is one of the many variables.
Adam: Breaking through that wall of real exposure and really being heard since the music world is so oversaturated with a lot of talented musicians
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
Josh: It’s definitely impacted music in both good and bad ways. In the good sense, I think it’s made marketing your music much more feasible. However, I’m sure it’s had an immense effect on the way musicians receive their income in terms of streaming etc. The internet definitely has made it crucially more difficult to gain sustainable income from albums alone.
Adam: The internet has helped the “smaller” artists get their music out to more people than ever before and has given more upcoming artists and bands opportunities that wouldn’t have been there in the past. Do you have any advice for aspiring songwriters?
Do you have any advice for aspiring songwriters?
Josh: Believe in yourself. I think that’s half of the battle. Trusting that people will like your music or not being afraid to fail. Also, I’d say to pay attention to what is appealing in the market and use that as a reference point to kind of form your basis. but at the same time while not giving up your self-expression.
Adam: Do not be embarrassed or ashamed of your lyrics or message. Do not hold back from what your intention is. There will ALWAYS be people that do not like or agree with what you put out. Your music is not for them. Make what you love and do not compromise yourself.
What is your current project about?
Josh: I’d say, creating a whole new interpretation of how metal sounds and is viewed along with pushing through musical boundaries. I want our music to be different and something that not a lot of people have seen or heard before. Then again, maybe most bands think this way. I don’t wanna take away from the metal elements we’ve all grown to love of course but more so add an additional perspective in some kind of way that just gives the genre an additional angle.
Adam: To me, The Obsidian Complex is about pushing what it is to be called a metal band. My goal musically is to never be able to be put into one singular genre. This project is about pushing boundaries both musically and personally. This is about stepping out of my comfort zone.
What are your hobbies?
Josh: Aside from guitar and songwriting. I love reading. I just find great pleasure in popping open a self-help book and gaining additional insight on the thing we call life. It also seems to ground me and help me take a step away from our daily stressors.
Adam: I play a LOT of videogames and I mountain bike when I have the time. I also play hockey!
What do you do aside from this profession?
Josh: I’m a Financial analyst for a hospital. To discuss it briefly. There I go through all of our internal data to make sure everything is labelled and posted correctly.
Adam: I work for the Defense Logistics Agency buying rations/food for the military/FEMA.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
Josh: To not reveal too much, I’ll just say this: “Expect each EP and album to be vastly different from one another, and with its own unique intention behind it.”
Adam: Thank you so much for even giving us the time to listen to us. It blows my mind every day to see the corners of the world our music has reached and we are just starting. Believe me, we are just getting started.