Fans of the rock and metal adventures of Iron Maiden and Metallica will surely wish to discover what the mighty Kattah has to offer the world at large. Based out of Brazil, Kattah’s fiery magnum opus Lapis Lazuli is being unleashed through Bakerteam Records, and it’s sure to intrigue the imagination of many a music aficionado. Here is a recent interview we conducted with guitarist Victor Brochard to find out more about the grand and glorious mysteries of Kattah, their dynamic new album, opening for the legendary Angra and more! Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Kattah, and how long the band has been together.
Hi Ken! My name is Victor Brochard, I’m the guitarist, and we’re together since 2006, therefore eight years. The only one that was not with us since the start is the bassist Cicero Chagas, but he’s with us since 2011 and he already belongs to the family!
Where is the band based out of and what is your local metal scene like there?
We’re based out in Curitiba, Brazil. Our metal scene is not bad, but here the people prefer cover bands most of the time, so it’s hard to form a good metal scene based out here if the own public is almost closed for the new. But we’re getting more and more fans each day and the things are starting to change, we’re starting to form a good metal scene with our fans. Another thing is that as Brazil is a big country, we have some small local scenes in almost all states that naturally make the Brazilian metal scene grow more and more.
Is there any story or concept behind the CD title Lapis Lazuli?
Yes it has a concept, based in the unknown mysteries of humanity and its desire to discover the real truth. In each song we talk about a different thing related with these mysteries and we answer these questions by the meanings of each song. The album’s name is based in a stone of an intense blue that was considered the stone of the gods in the past and like the universe, is very mysterious.
Select two songs from Lapis Lazuli and what inspired the lyrics.
The Hidden Voice have the lyrics inspired in the fact that we always had a voice inside us that encourage us to do what appears to be right for us. The problem is that the choices can always change our future in this dimension.
Apocalypse is about the human life and how we always were caged in a living nightmare and we have just a limited number of opportunities to escape, following a light that we’ll never know where it will lead us.
Who did the artwork for Lapis Lazuli and how much input did you have on it?
Our designer Rohdrich Silva. We told him the concept of all and he understood very well and made exactly what we wanted!
How did you wind up signing to Bakerteam?
We sent our new material for some labels; they were one who liked the album and offered good conditions for the release, so we preferred their deal and signed with them. They are a very good label.
What was it like opening for Angra and were they cool hang out with?
It was a great experience in every way. We learn a lot, became more mature and the European public was amazing, we sold all CDs that we brought. And about Angra, they are great guys, we already knew some of them before the tour but after almost one month together we became friends and keep contact since then.
What could one expect from a live Kattah show in 2014?
Maybe the only way to really know us. We have a great energy and feel very comfortable when playing live. We also prepared a very great live show for this new album and I think the people will like it. We’re a live band!
Has Kattah ever played here in the States or plan to do so in future days?
Unfortunately not yet, but we’re planning a world tour in the next year and with certainty the States will be included!
If you could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Iron Maiden, Metallica or Pink Floyd. They have an amazing live performance, playing for a lot of people! It would be great to play in the same stage of them.
What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most after hearing Lapis Lazuli for the very first time?
It’s hard to be a musician and a listener of your own material, but I feel some kind of a travel in the musical world and a complex type of music with very existential lyrics. Something very crazy but good to hear. I really like it.
What’s up next for Kattah?
After the album release we’re planning a world tour, mainly in Brazil, USA and Europe. After that, we will start to work in a new material.
Any final words of wisdom?
I would like to thank you Ken for this great interview and invite everybody to hear “Lapis Lazuli” and travel in the magical world of music with us! It will be out October 27th!
Roni Sauaf – Vocals,
Victor Brochard – Guitars,
Cicero Chagas – Bass,
Cristian Alex – Drums
(Interview by Ken Morton)
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