ANIMA TEMPO: Power of Music

Anima Tempo

Mexican prog metal outfit Anima Tempo released their debut full-length record “Caged In Memories” in January, and it’s a release that everyone who is a fan of the genre should check out. 

The band recently talked for Prog Sphere, and here is what they had to say about their mission, the album, and more.

Define the mission of Anima Tempo.

First of all we wanna say THANKS to Prog Sphere and all your readers for the opportunity,  is a great pleasure for us to be with you.

Well, I think our mission is always write and offer to the audience the best music we can. But at the same time we wanna share with everyone what we think and how we feel with the facts of everyday’s life, we are pretty sure we will find lot of people out there in the concerts with a similar point of view.

You can consider us as a team, but also that we are a family. We are here cause we love music, stages and people. We invite your readers to listen us and give it a try.

What is the message you are trying to give with “Caged in Memories?”

Considering the entire album as a unique long song, we can say in general that we are  inspired on the stories we live every day. We wanted to write this concept album with the intention of creating awareness in how we are living our lives and if the path we are choosing is really what we always wanted for us and those important people around.

In general we talk about the duality of the human being and how easy we can be corrupted and blinded by richness, even knowing the fatal consequences that it takes.

As humans most of times we get dazzled by the glitter of money, taking us away from the real essence of life.

How did you document the music while it was being formulated?

Well , we tried to use every tool we have at the moment we get an idea. Sometimes it’s pretty funny cause you can see us walking on the street singing a simple melody and recording it with our cel phones. I am pretty sure people must think we are deranged or something like that because their faces. [laughs]

In other cases we are in our home studio and it is better ‘cause we can record our ideas with the correct gear. At the end we take the best ideas to construct each song taking care on each detail.

Caged In Memories

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

For sure, we always start with an incipient thought. Then we record  some rough sketches to have an idea about what we want for each track. Then each member get the audio file and go home to hear it carefully with the intention to detect some parts that need to be changed or arranged. Finally we go through the real recording sessions. Lot of times we get the complete idea before the final recording but sometimes we add spontaneously some details here and there to give a fresh touch to our songs.  So I must say yes, all our pieces are architected carefully in detail.

How long “Caged in Memories” was in the making?

Yeah, Caged in Memories took a long time to be released. Every phase we worked in our debut album (Songwriting-Pre-production-Recording Sessions-Post-Production) were very exciting and at the same time, very long; We honestly accept that it was not easy at the end.

All the work involved on the creation of “Caged in Memories” was very long, we worked really hard to improve our english language and every time try to explain our ideas better. The same thing happened with the songwriting; we‘ve always tried to improve our musical skills with the intention of creating the best music we can.

We started the songwriting on early 2011, and we finished the recording sessions in the middle 2015.

I know that all this seems to be really long, but if you consider that we re-recorded CiM 2 times and then we suffered the leaving of two members during the process, for sure you will understand.

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?

We have lot of influences but in general we can say King Crimson, Symphony X ,Dream Theater, Circus Maximus, Myrath, Animals as Leaders, Tesseract and Periphery influenced us in one way or other.

Their professionalism, their hard work and their innovations in progressive/metal music was a huge motivation for us to write our debut album.

What is your view on technology in music?

Nowdays the technology is walking by leap and bounds, each day you can hear something about new equipment of music recording. And this is really helpfull for the bands because you can save lot of time and money. But sometimes it is not good as it seems,  finally you always need to be supported by professionals. In our case Erik Mikalsen and Nick Sampson always helped us along the recording sessions, mix and mastering to get the best sound we could.

Anima Tempo

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?

For sure, we not are not only thinking to bring music to people. To give an example, we played many times to charity earning money or toys for good causes with great results, because that is the power of music, it can unite people; if we learn how to use it we can create better places everywhere. Also we think that we can truly give back something good to our community giving a good example to our people, to our kids, showing them that we have lot of options of things to do.

What are your plans for the future?

At the moment we are writing our second album planned to be released on 2017. At the same time we are trying to find new places to show our music  live and also we are trying to find the chance to make tour in other countries. So definitely, Anima Tempo will be on the road for a long time.

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