Introducing TEMIC—prog’s newest, most ambitious, and most adrenaline-fueled act. TEMIC melds the creative minds of keyboardist and sound designer Diego Tejeida (Devin Townsend, Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress, ex-Haken), guitarist Eric Gillette (The Neal Morse Band, Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress), drummer Simen Sandnes (SHINING, Arkentype), and vocalist Fredrik Klemp (Maraton, 22). Signed to Season of Mist (Label) and Glassville Music (Management)
The origins of TEMIC date back to 2017, when Tejeida and Gillette toured the world as band members of Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress. From the very first chords they exchanged, their musical chemistry both on and off stage was undeniable, leading them to discuss the prospect of starting a new band together. Unfortunately, conflicting tour and recording commitments forced them to turn their attention elsewhere for years—that is, until the world came to a standstill in 2020, and Tejeida called Gillette to ask a fateful question:
“Remember how we said we should make music together? Well, how about now?”
Thus, the first demos for what would later become TEMIC’s 2023 debut album, Terror Management Theory, began to emerge. Within a few weeks after that initial phone call, the musical vision of TEMIC had become clear: Let’s create progressive music that is heavily influenced by high-energy electronic music, but arranged and orchestrated for a 5-piece modern prog rock/metal band—where, at last, the pulse can be the focus, and the vocal melody can be king.
Eager to join forces with the very best bandmates, Tejeida and Gillette first summoned the rhythmic power of their friend and drummer Sandnes. With characteristic enthusiasm, Sandnes seized the opportunity, prepared to contribute his percussive prowess as the heartbeat of TEMIC. When it came time to find the singer that would carry TEMIC’s melodies to new heights, Sandnes recommended vocal powerhouse Klemp, whose emotive delivery and unmatched intensity left no doubt that he was destined to be the voice of TEMIC. Finally, to round out the rhythm section of Terror Management Theory, dynamic bassist Jacob Umansky (Intervals) was invited on board as a guest player, gracing the album with an unrivaled groove and a signature low-end sound.
Together, this mammoth lineup is TEMIC, a high-energy, electronic-inspired, modern melodic prog metal band for the next generation.
FFO: Devin Townsend, Gojira, Infected Mushroom, Leprous, Mastodon, Muse, Pain of Salvation, Periphery, Sleep Token, Tesseract
Keyboardist, sound designer, and composer Diego Tejeida has toured across 5 continents with acts such as Devin Townsend, Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress, and Haken. His studio credits include Devin Townsend’s latest albums, Haken’s discography (2010-2021), and session work for dozens of bands. A storied sound designer, his custom-designed sounds can be found on analog and digital synthesizers from Arturia, Wizdom Music, and Roli.
Influences/favorite artists: Bill Evans, Infected Mushroom, Boards of Canada, Rick Wright/Pink Floyd, Devil Doll, Nirvana, Vince DiCola, Vangelis, Wendy Carlos, Scott Walker
Favorite TV show: Dark
Favorite food: Oaxacan food
Favorite Drink: Mezcal
Vocalist Fredrik Klemp has toured across Europe as the vocalist for emerging prog acts Maraton and 22. He has also won the Norwegian blues challenge as a bass player and performed at the IBC - Memphis. His TV credits include the singing competition show Idol Norway, on which he was a finalist. Fredrik has built himself a great reputation for his energetic live performances. He is also a session songwriter, collaborating and making songs for bands like Fight the Fight, ATENA, and other bands.
Influences/favorite artists: Jeff Buckley, Susanne sundfør, Meshuggah, Underoath
Favorite TV show: Black Mirror
Favorite food: Crispy Duck/Peking
Favorite Drink: Flux Soda
Multi-instrumentalist, composer, and audio engineer Eric Gillette has toured worldwide with The Neal Morse Band and Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress. An acclaimed session artist and engineer, he has contributed guitars, keyboards, vocals, percussion, and production to countless albums and many bands. His compositional credits extend to TV with two seasons of the original docuseries Texas 6 on Paramount+, and original compositions for production music libraries including Universal and Atomica.
Influences/favorite artists: Muse, Dream Theater, Van Halen, Hans Zimmer, Thomas Newman
Favorite TV show: Lost
Favorite food: Mexican
Favorite Drink: Coffee
Drummer Simen Sandnes has toured and teched worldwide with acts such as SHINING, Arkentype, VOLA, Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress, and Haken. A prolific session musician, he has recorded percussion for hundreds of artists and contributed MIDI groove packs to companies such as GetGoodDrums. Working with the group Need Music, performing 150 gigs a year, Simen is one of Norway's most sought-after drummers in the corporate event scene.
Influences/favorite artists: Matt Garstka, Matt Halpern, GoGo Penguin
Favorite TV show: South Park
Favorite food: Norwegian Tacos
Favorite Drink: Flux Soda