Cuz d Malta is a new Mexican project conformed by four talented musicians. Though their style has a clear tendency to the metal side of progressive rock, they do not want to be pigeonholed in only one style. Last year (2011) they released their debut, self-titled album which so far has received very positive feedback.
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1. What is
the meaning of making music, particularly here in Mexico; and why creating a
music is everything to us, particularly the music we like. We have realized that
creating an album in Mexico is quite a challenge, because you find everytime
comments such as “that is not going to work here”, “you need vocals” or “that
music does not sell”, even “if it is not an international band I would not buy
it”. But we have also realized that there is a passionate and sincere spectrum
that actually wants to listen to us, and that is the boost we need to keep
working on this project. Creating the band was the only thing we needed to
concrete our passion, the idea of the project already existed, along with a
musical ideology pretty similar, and good attitude to do it between us.
were the goals you had (and have) while composing, releasing an album? Which
results do you expect?
was always to make the best album we could achieve. The idea was to surpass our
capacity as musicians, both in the technique and in the creative sides, but
always enjoying the results. We believe it is very
important to make an effort, to have discipline and in the end you will be
satisfied for what you have created. What do we expect? Good question. We
expect people know our music, our
álbum and enjoy what we did, and also we expect them to demand live
performances, which is someting we love
3. Please tell us how Cruz d Malta was
created, and what’s the story behind the name.
Roberto and Arturo always wanted to compose
their own music, and of course to create a name with a representative value to
us. Arturo saw a documental about the Crusades and the transition of Europe to
the Holy Ground, which means to us defending what we believe, the music, as
something that cannot be sold. So we began to compose the album, at first we
worked with a bass player, we already had three melodies and realized about the
potential we had, but he followed his path, so we followed ours. So we finished
the material for the album and met Pável in the latter 2007. At mid 2009 we
began the recording of the album in our studio, and then Edgar joined us
because we had the same goals and ambitions, so both of them (Pável and Edgar)
came to enrich this project with their incredible talent. The result can be
appreciated while listening to our CD.
4. How difficult is to enter (and to
resist) in this musical field in Mexico?
It is really difficult to enter, but
resisting is twice difficult. We see it with renowned bands with several years
of experience, they don’t receive the attention and importance they deserve.
They are incredible talented bands that are neglected by the musical industry.
But we think there is a great value in this bands, because in spite of the
tendencies, fashions, etc., they always give the best of themselves, no matter
how difficult is to break through.
5. Your music may be catalogued as
progressive metal. Here two questions: how important is to label bands in x or
y genre? And, what make you choose this genre in particular?
It is difficult to answer this. We would
not like to say we belong to this genre, though due to our influences we have
metal riffs that we love playing, but we also enjoy making emotional ballads,
so it is difficult to say in which genre we belong. On the other side, we do
believe it is necessary to classify, because nowadays there is a huge diversity
of music, and despite all is music, the sound is really different for several
reasons such as the style, the region, culture, movement, etc. In some cases
the genre creates an identity in the listener, and that’s important for him.
6. Last year (2011) you released your
eponymous album. Please tell us what the listener will find there.
You will listen in 75 minutes, what took us
two years to compose. You’ll find from atmospheric passages, raw and metal
riffs, psychedelic moments, emotional melodies. We really enjoy listening to
this, and much better to performing it on stage. We hope the listener gets on
well with this concept.
7. With the exception of “Un mundo de
sueños”, all the compositions have a long length. Is there a particular reason
Actually all the songs took us to that
length themselves. When we composed we were not thinking about “let’s create a
ten-minute song” or “we have five minutes already, let’s finish it”, no. The
whole album is a concept, and “Un mundo de sueños” was the pinnacle of it, so
this ballad took us to those five minutes, we don’t know why, but that was the
8. You are a purely instrumental band.
Which is your conception regarding lyrics and vocals in music?
We enjoy a lot the lyrics of the bands we
listen to, as well as the music, but there is something more that catches our
attention in the instrumental melodies of these bands. We do not deny the idea
of having one or two songs with lyrics in the future, but we don’t think to
implement them in a complete album since we want to follow with this
instrumental concept. It is relevant how people can create their own stories
from these compositions.
9. What are Cruz d Malta’s dreams?
We dream about releasing several albums; in
touring around the globe, actually, our very special dream is to play in
Europe. But we think the most important that would lead us to this, it to be
recognized as one of the best instrumental progressive bands.
10. As background, please tell us about the
music you listen, and about your héroes.
It is a diversified spectrum that goes from
heavy metal, to progressive rock (a lot of prog) and classic rock. Regarding
our heroes, as a band there is no discussion: Dream Theater. But as
individuals, we have John Petrucci, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Vinnie Moore,
Alejandro Marcovich, Steven Wilson, Jordan Rudess, Neal Morse, John Myung,
Victor Wooten, Chris Squire, Keith Emerson, Tom MacLean, Steve Harris, Dave
Weckl, Steve Smith, Mike Portnoy, Neil Peart.
11. Which are your goals at short and long
At long term is to spread the word and make
our album be known as much as we can, also to play it on stage because we
believe that is the best diffusion method. At long term is to release another
album, and of course to play in several places in Mexico and around the world.
12. Is there anything you would like to
First of all we would like to thank you for
the space, because it is not easy to find media and people like you who want to
boost good and talented Mexican bands.
For our side, we have the commitment of
keeping united as a band, and make everything possible to achieve our dreams.
We would like to invite people to visit the sites where you can find our music:
Official website (under construction):
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