ALTIMA’s beginning dates back all the way to the last third of September 2010. It was then that m.o.v.e’s motsu (MOTSU), the man to become leader of ALTIMA, felt a strong attachment to the musical approaches of sat (SAT), fripSide’s keyboardist and producer. motsu began regular contact with fripSide’s creator. He then discovered Kurosaki Maon (MAON), a new female singer who had just released her major debut album, H.O.T.D., motsu was able to contact her through Sat, his new friend and her label mate.
Kurosaki Maon was quickly becoming one of the voices of the next generation anime song scene as she took on more and more projects. fripSide’s sat already had an overwhelming presence with his unique sound. m.o.v.e’s motsu continued to garner attention as his activities took him across different areas from J-Pop/J-Hip-Hop to anime, cars, overseas, and movies. With each person a master of different fields, the three made positive progress with each meeting. Perhaps the deepening of their exchange was inevitable.
Deciding to move forward with their genuine approaches towards music, they waited until Summer 2011. This is when sat was originally contacted about creating a Shakugan no Shana III ending song.
With an image of what he wanted of the song, sat began production, keeping in mind motsu, Kurosaki Maon, and himself. What sprouted from his efforts was a completely new digital pop sound. Then, sat introduced his colleagues to the demo he had written for the trio, and the situation quickly made a 180. The recording session was intense with energy, and the demo, filled with this intensity, became “I’ll believe”. After recording, motsu told his partners “that session was on fire” and gave their next generation music project the name ALTIMA.
Finally, it was time to raise the curtain. They unveiled themselves to the anime public as secret guests of Animelo Summer Live 2011 -rainbow- at Saitama Super Arena and they gave a shocking and powerful performance in front of 26,000 people.