In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with CABRAKAÄN. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-We want people to get interested in Mexican culture because the history and mythology of prehispanic civilizations are just as interesting and cool as any other from Europe. We want to share that with the world because we are proud of our roots.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-Wasn’t really that hard, we wanted a prehispanic name and we had a bunch of options. And yes, We wanted something that could represent who we are and what our music is so we picked the name of an ancient Mayan God that had such power that according to the Mayan creation Mythology, would shake the earth just to annoy the other gods. Cabrakán is the Mayan god of mountains and earthquakes, so it was definitely the best name for us.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-Amon Amarth, Nightwish, Wintersun, Equilibrium, Kalmah, and Alestorm, just to name a few. Our inspiration is the Mexican culture, its history, traditions and of course its people.
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-Well, we made the music first, and the idea was to start a metal band in which we could sing about Mesoamerican civilizations Mythologies, using prehispanic instruments like upright tubular drums and different types of ocarinas. For that reason, we choose a Mayan god as a name for the project because it represents the essence of the music.
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-Totally, we put a lot of effort into the music we make, we prefer quality over quantity, so to us is a lot better to release fewer songs or even single tracks, as you mention. Because that way we can dedicate more time to detail on every song. Plus, the music industry evolves constantly and really fast every year, so it’s very important to any band nowadays to adapt to that change.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-We think an album artwork carries heightened importance nowadays than it used to be. Someone searching for music at his/her phone, stray outside of recommended artists, it’s not the sound that dictates what they listen to, but the visual aspect of the album. It’s quite important for us that the art-work looks amazing so that’s definitely the best way we use to catch people’s attention to a new release.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Yeah, totally. The music industry is almost unrecognizable compared to just ten years ago, so as we said before, it’s all about adapting and be open to progress and change. It’s true that streaming era makes it difficult for artists to be properly compensated at some point but it also makes the industry bigger and more inclusive, giving new artists like us, the opportunity to get our music heard by anyone almost anywhere around the globe.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-Absolutely, It’s a great feeling to be part of a band and make music together. Nothing compares to the excitement to perform live to people.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We love touring, it’s the best part of being a band for sure. We enjoy traveling to new places and meeting new people, and it’s also a great way to promote your music and gain new fans.
What will the future bring?
-Our new album Cem Anahuac My Home is coming soon, so we are planning a tour across Western Canada and maybe the US. Confirmed dates will be posted soon. We have many other surprises for our fans so stay tuned!
Thank you so much for the interview!!
Please check out our first single called ‘Calm In My Storm’