Hi! Tell me about CABRAKAÄN. Why did you decide to name the band with such title?
CABRAKAÄN is one of the characters from the “Popol Vúh”, (which is considered to be the Mayan bible). He is the god of mountains and earthquakes. So we liked the meaning behind that name, and also because it’s such a strong name we thought it’d be suitable for a metal band.
What kind of ideas do you explore?
The evolution of Mexico and its society, from the ancient Mayans to the colonial times.
Where do you take all inspiration from?
The Aztec and Mayan mythology, as well as the Mexican folklore itself, which was born when the Spanish arrived and colonialized our land, mixing both cultures. So basically our history and traditions are the best inspiration to us.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define CABRAKAÄN’s sound?
Like Symphonic/Folk Metal
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
No, we are currently working on new songs that will be part of the third album which will be released hopefully by the end of 2020.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
Well, metal is one of them for sure, bands like Metallica, Pantera, Iron Maiden, Death, Amon Amarth, Nightwish, Epica, Within Temptation among others, have been a huge influence. But also opera, classical music, Latin, Alternative rock, Progressive, and of course Mexican folk, like música ranchera. Artists like Janis Joplin, Dream Theater, Anna Netrebko or Cecilia Bartoli. All those bands/artists and genres have been a huge influence on us since we were kids.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
It would be really cool to collaborate someday with either Merel Bechtold, Marco Hietala or Floor Jensen.
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
Well, we try not to focus so much on reaching fans individually, but instead we try to contact radio stations, event organizers, promoters and musicians that are more established than us. We’ve found that strategy to be more effective.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
Yes, we do, in my case, I like to play football soccer. Pat is a huge animal rights activist so she likes to help as many homeless dogs, cats, etc, as she can. Paolo is currently studying music at the University so he likes to spend his free time learning new languages and watching movies. Alex likes cars so he is very into auto mechanics. Rex likes to collect merchandise from his favorite bands, special editions, and rare stuff.
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
Yes, totally. We all are very fortunate to have such great support from them.
How’s the metal scene in Mexico right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
The metal scene is not as big as it is in Europe but is growing really fast. It’s getting easier to play at gigs but it’s still a little hard for local bands to sell their records, merch, etc.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!