Q&A Scene: James Norbert Ivanyi

Tell us about your new single/ album / tour?
My new single is called ‘Pray Darkly’, and it’s from my forthcoming EP ‘Denalavis‘. It’s the opening track of the EP, and is a musical interpretation of the artwork by Jeff Christensen, that explores the reality of human beings destroying the earth via overpopulation, and that in our time of advanced evolutionary understanding, there are those who still simply continue to pray and hope with a blind faith eye for a better future, without engaging in necessary action. I’m off to the UK for the first time this July to perform at one of Europe’s most prestigious metal festivals called UK Tech Fest, and will be playing over there for a couple of weeks before coming home and commencing the “Denalavis Australian Tour‘ around Australia to celebrate the release of the new EP.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time? 
That would have to be my latest EP, ‘Denalavis’! It’s a great representation of where I am musically, and am really very happy I finally got around to adding the 1980’s retro synth side of things into my music, which I would say is a merging of modern metal with classic psychedelic rock from the 60’s and 70’s.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.
I think one of the funniest moments I’ve ever experienced at a live show was in Los Angeles a few months ago. My friends took me out to a super legit mexican restaurant before the show, and it was crazy spicy and we ate it with our hands. We took a while there and somewhat rushed back to the venue where things were fast paced and before I knew it I had to take the stage. Just before I walked on, I (without thinking) rubbed my eye, and had to play the first two songs suffering the most unimaginable pain and tears thanks to the chilli in my eye. I told the crowd what was happening and we all had a big laugh!

What, or who, inspires you?
Art in any form that comes from a place of genuine honesty, integrity and with an element of risk inspires me.

Which song do you wish you wrote?
That is a difficult question, but I guess if I had to chose one, it would probably be a James Brown song like ‘Get On Up’. His songs we’re and still are just the coolest.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
I’d say my sound is best described with a hearty Vienna Schnitzel. A robust classic, with flavours of the good old days but filling enough to keep you full for the longest of times. Not for entry level players.

What’s next for you?
UK tour, Australian tour, possibly heading back to the US later in the year, then most likely getting to work on a full length record in the new year. I’ve been producing a few EP’s from my home studio of mixed styles this year, so I’d also like to be doing more of that as it’s something I enjoy practicing and have a lot of passion for.

What’s your scene?
My scene is a great bunch of people from all over the world, also connected by the internet, and held in dialogue for our love of out of the ordinary music that positively pushes the envelope of the instrument and genres.


One of Australia’s most exciting and innovative instrumentalists

James Norbert Ivanyi will release his eagerly anticipated 4th EP DENALAVIS on June 1 via bandcamp, iTunes and all major online digital outlets.

Pre-orders are available from today! May 1.

James has just released a visually mysterious and enchanting play through video, shot in 4K, for the track Pray Darkly which features on the EP

The aim was to create a bleak, and dark video that captured the finesse and detail of James’ playing, while matching the complex tension of the music.

Watch It Here



Filmed on the vast coastal cliff line of Sydney, Australia, James collaborated once again with one of Australia’s most promising young videographers in Jamie Mcvicker,
who also worked on the James’ videos for The Matter Circumvention Malevolent 

James says of the video;

“Pray Darkly is the cornerstone of Denalavis, and perfectly sums up what the EP is all about. I really wanted to push the boundaries when it came to combining cutting edge, modern heavy metal with classic progressive rock, and further fusing it with the poly synth sounds of the 1980’s. The film clip perfectly captures the vibe of the EP, without revealing too much initially. We worked hard to secure an eternal black theme with simple and elegant lighting to achieve an outwardly yet vintage feel.

Having recently performed at the Guitar Collective 2017 showcase in Los Angeles, featuring some of the worlds most revered guitarists, James will be touring the United Kingdom in July, playing at United Kingdom Tech Metal Fest before returning home to embark on a headlining Australian tour to launch Denalavis with Adelaide’s foremost progressive metal act Dyssidia as main support.


Friday, August 4: Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane

Saturday, August 12: Jive, Adelaide*

Saturday, August 19: The Workers Club, Melbourne

Saturday, August 26: The Factory Floor, Sydney

*Dyssidia to headline, JNI in support

Presented by Heavy Mag & Wild Thing Presents:

Tickets are on sale now via


Official Event Page


DENALAVIS is the fourth instrumental EP from Ivanyi, following 2016’s critically acclaimed The Usurper’ which saw him reach new heights and go on to support international heavyweights on the back of its release,
including Katatonia, Soilwork as well as his own successful east coast mini headlining tour with I Built The Sky in 2016.

The EP was independently recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by Ivanyi and David Horgan on location at Ivanyi’s studio in Sydney, Australia during late 2016 and early 2017.

Ivanyi ended 2016 on a huge high, including supporting Soilwork (Sweden), Katatonia (Sweden) and his own successful headlining mini-tour in Australia, and has already had a very busy 2017 with the completion of Denalavis, several notable recording projects – including being featured on the upcoming Scale The Summit record alongside John Browne (Monuments) Scott Carstairs (Fallujah) Nick Johnston, Jeff Loomis, Nathan Navarro, Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry) Angel Vivaldi & Yvette Young (Covet), performed in the United States and attended NAMM in January, and will perform in the United Kingdom at UK TECH-FEST in July!

Production Credits For Pray Darkly:

Jamie Mcvicker – Camera Operator/Editor/Visual Effects/Compositor.

Produced by – Monomyth Film

Directed by – Monomyth Film

Jamie Mcvicker – Concept/Co-Director

James Norbert Ivanyi – Concept/Co-Director


“Ivanyi is engineered to deliver a semi-psychedelic haze to what is a precise and calculated assault on your aural palate” –IPHYB
“In a burgeoning scene which is becoming increasingly populated with derivative and uninspiring music, Ivanyi is one of the finest one-man instrumentalists out there” -HEAVY BLOG IS HEAVY
“an Aussie, proggier Steve Vai” -GEAR GODS 

James is endorsed by Suhr Guitars, Friedman Amplification, Fractal Audio, Diamond Pedals, D’addario Strings & Planet Waves and Swiss Picks.

Denalavis will be released June 1.
Pre orders are available today – May 1.




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