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Atma Nova on the Progstravaganza compilation

Progstravaganza Questionnaire: Atma Nova

Atma Nova appeared on Progstravaganza XX: Landmarks, released in August 2014. Trevor Holden answered the questionnaire. Read it below.
How did you come to do what you do?
Just a simple choice of what I wanted to do with myself. I chose this, and never looked back.
What is your first musical memory?
My musical tastes didn’t go beyond the local influence until my early teen years where I started to hear video game music. I wanted to play some Nobuo Uematsu on my mother’s piano. So, I got some sheet music and started learning.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
All over. For instance, I’ll watch various surrealist films and get heavily drawn into the aesthetic. If I am inspired by it, I try to understand it, and use that feeling somewhere else.  As far as bands, I was inspired by Tool, and The Mars Volta the most. I’ve gotten into Post-Rock a bit lately, and am inspired by that too. I think I missed the boat, when it was cool to like it (?), but nevertheless there are some cool textures =P
What message does the song on our Progstravaganza compilation carry?
No message. The name of the song, ‘Life in Film,’ is based on an intense experience I had once.
Do you tend to follow any pre-defined patterns when composing a piece?
Yeah. Figure out a motif or two, and develop variations. That’s my thought process.
What is your method of songwriting?
Sometimes it is the mind, sometimes the soul, and sometimes a nice balance of both.  If I like it, it takes off, if not…then, move on.
How do you see your music evolving?
I see it moving more into blending a rhythmic styling that is easier to move to, as well as greater soundscapes, and more diverse chord voicings.  We’ll see.
What advice would you give to other musicians, trying to make inspired music and get it out in the world?
Um, I’d give them a list of cliches.  But yeah, go out and meet people and support your local scene.  Make friendly.  Believe in what you’re doing.  Yada yada yada.  Fun.
What are you looking forward to?
Just playing some shows, getting a full lineup in the band, next album…yeah.
Do you think that Progstravaganza compilation series is good way to showcase the potential of many unheard bands on the already overcrowded scene?
I hadn’t heard of it until I went looking for something like it, so yeah.  I suppose so  =P  My friend told me it was a good deal for him last year.  So I’m hopeful, for myself and everyone else.

Prog Sphere is compiling the first physical (CD) Progstravaganza progressive rock & metal compilation. Interested acts can get in touch at info@prog-sphere.com

Atma Nova on the Progstravaganza compilation

Atma Nova

The basics – Name:  Trevor Holden. I am from Jonesboro, a dot on the map in rural Central Texas.  “Move along, nothing to see here.”

I started this project in August 2013

My influences include mainly music from my early years: Tool and The Mars Volta, with maybe a little Godspeed You!  I wanted to create expansive works like these, that take you from here to there, with lots to see along the way.

The music is a blend of Post-Rock and Prog Rock.  Every song is pretty much in Theme and Variation form, where the initial theme goes through a multitude of variations on itself, morphing through different moods throughout each piece.

I know the ‘One-Man-Band’ thing is looked down a bit, but I have a tendency to isolate myself, and choose to just write music instead.  I started out writing more modest, sparse quartet music, and decided against that, in favor of realizing what I wanted to do instead, which was to write more dense material.

Though I isolate, I want to perform, and integrate with the world.  Meeting all the good-hearted people, at the cost of one-manning it, in hopes of connecting those who can share my vision, or by connecting on a more base level.  Even meeting people who challenge my views.  It is healthy – and I want to do what I love, while I do that.