ANIMA MUNDI IN THE NETHERLANDS TO FINALIZE NEW ALBUM
Cuban prog-phenomena Anima Mundi strikes down in the Netherlands to finalize the long awaited successor of their succesfull ‘The Way’-album. The rumour has it that the band made some special recordings with a symphony orchestra in their homeland. It seems to be a rather ambitious project. Mostlypink had a quick chat with singer Carlos Sosa and guitaris Roberto Diaz to figure out where everbody is so curious about.
How was your trip to Europe?
Roberto: “It was a wonderfull, but very long trip that lasted almost twenty hours!”
Are you going to finish off the album in the Netherlands?
Roberto: “We’re finishing the recording process in the Netherlands. I don’t have any idea where we finish the mix. I hope that the new album will be released in januari/february next year.”
Carlos: “The album will be released by ourself. We started our own label. In case of support or costs Musea Records didn’t help us very much, you know. There earned a lot of money. We earned nothing. Roberto and Virginia are spending every minute of their life in Anima Mundi and aren’t receiving any financial compensation. It’s a disgrace!”
Roberto: I don’t want to become a millionaire. I just wanna be a musician who gets decently paid.”
Will the forthcoming album be equal to ‘The Way’?
Roberto: “The new album will be related to ‘The Way’, but it’s moving forward to another directions. I really can’t tell you concrete facts. It’s a suprise, and so it will be for us, because the new album took so much time. You can even say it took it’s own life. The ideas were worked out step by step and went through constant changes. Making an album is easy, but it’s hard to make an album were you’re pleased with.”
Carlos: “We’ve got confidence in the new material, but it takes a lot of work to assemble it in the correct way. We try to make it sound like one big chunk of music.”
According to the succes of ‘The Way’, are you feeling some kind of pressure to conquer a new level with a new album?
Roberto: “I try not to think about that. Ideas just come up. I feel the music and play. I’m too much busy with rehearsing and recording.”
Had all the bandmembers their compositional contributions?
Roberto: “Most of the material is composed by Virginia Peraza (keyboards) and myself. Ideas from the other bandmembers are incorporated into the songs. It was a very difficult year to put all these ideas together.”
Carlos: “I set my mind to it that my all of my ideas are worked out in the new album. I hope that I won’t be dissapointed. Ha!Ha!Ha!”
Is it true that Anima Mundi did some special recordings with an orchestra for the new album?
Roberto: “There were severall parts arranged for an orchestra. Unfortunatly, it was impossible to record them, because there was no money left for it. We were involved in a project with a symphony orchestra in Cuba, but the record-company claimed all the rights. We were left with nothing.”
Carlos: “In Cuba we don’t get any economic support. Getting or earning some money for your project is very hard.”
Thank you very much for your time and answers, Roberto and Carlos,
Michel Scheijen for www.MostlyPink.net
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