Stolen Memories is a progressive metal band from Lyon, France. They took part on our Progstravaganza XVIII: Transforma, and here is what they had to say on the Progstravaganza Questionnaire.
How did you come to do what you do?
Stolen Memories is a band from Lyon. Guitarist Baptiste and drummer Antoine were the ones who set up the project. They have already played in other metal bands before and they decided to form a more ambitious project.
What is your first musical memory?
Najib: My first musical memory is when I listened to the Metallica’s Unforgiven. I told myself “this is what I was looking for.”
Antoine: My first musical memory was when I watched VHS clips of Queen. I think it is the oldest, I was very young, I watched these videos several times.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
The ambition of Stolen Memories in its influences was to combine the “classic” prog metal big bands like Dream Theater or Symphony X to name the biggest ones with a new wave of progressive metal like Andromeda or Pain of Salvation that have modernized the style and added a touch of freshness to this aesthetic. We can all hear in our music some heavy parts of Symphony X or influences of Steve Vai or Joe Satriani (actually Baptiste listened too many of these artists).
What message does the song on our Progstravaganza compilation carry?
The song Scattered Man is about the passage of common sense to the madness, the character lost his family in a car accident, he sinks into madness, but returns to the reason gradually bringing together small pieces of his life. Our songs are dark but still with a glimmer of hope.
Do you tend to follow any pre-defined patterns when composing a piece?
Not really, when Baptiste composes the songs he doesn’t tell himself that the song must take this way, he just start playing guitar having fun, then ideas come.
What is your method of songwriting?
On the first album, The Strange Order, Baptiste brought almost all of the pieces. We tried on our side to arrange the songs in a second time. For the second album however, Baptiste came out with unfinished songs or just begun: he was also not against the idea of letting others participate on songs and lyrics writing. There was a true exchange on this point and then to summarize Baptiste brought the band’s sound, then this basis has been worked by all, during rehearsals. We really tried to push the synthesis of each musician on this Stolen Memories’s album.
How do you see your music evolving?
After the completion of two albums, we think we have reached the maturity that allows us to tackle our next album with a lot of serenity. After reading all the reviews, we think that we are able to improve, evolve and go further in our musical research.
What advice would you give to other musicians, trying to make inspired music and get it out in the world?
Dear musician, continue to believe in your music. Sell disc becomes increasingly difficult, but we must continue to do what you love, what gives us strength in life is our passion, never give up.
What are you looking forward to?
Our ambition is to get out of France, play in many countries as possible, to know our music, share our energy and our music with a maximum of metal fans. We are also preparing the next album, We honestly believe that it will be the best album we’ve ever made, but there not only the musical side, there is also the promotion, which must be carefully prepared, it demands a lot of work and many sacrifices.
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