Alms is a Progressive Rock project created by the Spanish multi-instrumentalist Aitor Lucena Martínez, who has just released the sophomore album titled “An Irosmic Tragedy.”
In the interview for Progstravaganza, Martínez talks about the record.
Alright, first things first. Before we dive into all the music stuff, how’s life?
Well, hehehe, for me, life itself is absurd and meaningless –I talk about it in “An Irosmic Tragedy”-, and I’m really having much fun with mine. In all my cynicism and nihilism, I consider myself a happy man, so I’m always fine, thank you!
Speaking of new music, you have a new album. What can people expect from “An Irosmic Tragedy”?
As I always say, expectations are boundaries. “An Irosmic Tragedy” is a concept album about my personal vision of life, a Symphonic Progressive Rock piece of 42 minutes structured in three sections according to each one of its phases –childhood, adulthood and elderhood-. And that’s all I can say about it. Of course, I always express my own thoughts and feelings in my music, but the listener’s interpretation could be different, and that’s how it should be. I’m not willing to condition the listening experience of the audience, and in fact I think I’m not entitled to do so.
What was it like working on the album?
It was challenging, fun and exhausting. After “Beyond”, my debut album, I wanted to keep in the same line, but knowing there were some aspects that I had to improve. When I came to the idea of a concept album about life –we can say it’s a prequel to “Beyond”, which is a musical journey through the afterlife-, I started working on it knowing that, this time, I would need some collaborators in order to avoid sampling. Organizing and coordinating all the recording sessions with the other musicians was a really hard work, but I got to know many awesome people who helped me a lot and gave me other perspective on my own music, and the result is, in my opinion, brilliant.
Are there any touring plans in support to “An Irosmic Tragedy”?
There are no plans yet, but there is an intention. I’d like to play “An Irosmic Tragedy” live, and I’m currently thinking in how I could do it, taking into account that I need many musicians on stage, many hours of rehearsal (I have my job and I also have to study, so I don’t have enough time at the moment) and a strong economic support. As soon as I get all these, of course there will be concerts.
While we’re on the subject of touring, what countries would you love to tour?
Spain would be the best and most logical starting point, but I’d love to tour every country in the world. I love to travel, and I’d do it more often if I had the chance, so for me touring around the world would be fantastic.
Who and what inspires you the most?
I don’t get inspired by anyone in particular, but I get inspiration from almost anything that makes me think. A good movie, the nature, a book, a conversation… If I can extract a particular idea, I can develop that idea and tell it with music.
What other genres of music do you listen to?
I love Classical Music, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock and Folk, but I listen to any band or musician that makes me think and feel something, no matter the genre.
Have any of the other genres you listen to had any impact on your playing?
Doubtlessly. In fact, my music can be described as a mixture of everything I listen to, and the main reason I make, play and love Progressive Rock is that every fusion is fair. Also, as a guitar player, I’ve learnt from the music of Bach, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple and many others that influenced my playing and writing.
I really appreciate you giving us your time today. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us and the fans before we wrap things up?
I would like to thank you all. The reception of “An Irosmic Tragedy” is being amazing and all this support from the audience and media is the best reward an independent musician can get.