I believe that this time we felt more secure to try new stuff. The horns section on Pain and Ashamed, the use of my vocals in some lead parts, the way we explored new elements and influences here and there. Things like this make the new material so fresh and musically challenging, and the fact that the fans are feeling and enjoying this spirit is definitely exciting.
After putting out albums for over a decade, what made you decide to name this one after yourselves?
We felt secure to name it after the band because of our confidence that these songs represent exactly what HIBRIA is as a whole. We have a solid lineup, we're playing better than ever, and we're really proud of that. I believe that this mix of feelings gave us the confidence to so.
What was the writing process like for Hibria? How did the recording go?
This time we worked in a little different way than the usual concerning the writing process. A lot of stuff was written while we're jamming on the studio, less individually than we used to do in the past. The whole process was more organic than ever. We recorded in some different studios again, under the supervision of Renato Osorio, our guitarist and producer, and mine. The whole production was directed by Renato. We shared truly great moments during the sessions!
What made you decide to pick up an instrument and begin playing metal music for a living?
Who are some of your personal influences?
Well, when I first started taking bass lessons, my teacher introduced me to Iron Maiden. Soon I became obsessed with Steve Harris' lines and learned how to play every single Maiden's song I could. At this time I was so into it, that probably was what made me want to play metal for a living. I wanted to be Steve Harris! ;)
My personal influences are, obviously Mr. Harris, Geezer Butler, Billy Sheehan, Jaco Pastorius, the Brazilian bass player Nico Assumpção, among many others.
What was it like the first time you got on stage to perform? What did you do to prepare yourself? How did it go?
I was scarred! Just couldn't stare at the audience, and remember looking at my feet during the whole concert. Even though, I think I played well that night, so it wasn't a complete disaster. I prepared myself as I still do today: practicing the songs a lot, rehearsing with the band and keeping my fingers moving. That's all!
What was it like when Hibria first started? What challenges did you face as a up and coming band from Brazil?
I believe that every metal band stars with a bunch of friends who want to play some bad-ass songs! Of course, you'll have to spend some time until you're good enough to be noted. Brazil may not be the best country for a metal band to start, because metal is not exactly a cultural product over here, then you have to deal with every kind of adversity in order to arrange concerts, record albums and, in general, be productive as a band. This definitely make things a little harder down here.
What do you consider was Hibria's defining metal moment? The moment when the band made the jump from the local underground to the national stage.
I'm not sure if there's a specific moment when that happened. We've doing our stuff for a long time right now, so I believe it is still happening. Of course, the shows we did as opening acts for Metallica and Ozzy Osbourne, among others were very important on building our way up, as well as when we played on Rock In Rio, one of the biggest music festivals in the world. Actually, we can say that Rock In Rio was a pretty huge step, especially in Brazil.
Prog Power USA has Hibria on the lineup. How did it come to pass for you guys to play in the US? What was your initial reaction when offered to play here?
We became happy as hell with Prog Power's invitation! It's our first time in the US, and we believe there's no better way to start this, than playing in such a great festival with such great bands, like Prog Power USA.
Is there anything you would like to say to your fans? Feel free to say anything you would like.
A great thanks to all of you that support us and help us on keeping our metal wheels turning! Find us on our Facebook, www.facebook.com/HIBRIAOFFICIAL , on our Twitter, twitter.com/HIBRIA or on our website, hibria.com.
We see all you metalheads on the road!