Interview with KA GAIA AN, Folk Metal Band from Romania
Tell us about KA GAIA AN?
We are a pagan/folk-metal band from Bucharest, Romania. The band has an activity of almost 9 years, and had mostly played in Romania and Hungary.
The current line-up includes 7 members:
Ariadna - vocals
Florin - vocals
Gabi - lead guitar / backing vocals
Teddy - rhythm guitar
Tudor N. - bass
Paula - keyboards
Tudor U. - drums
What are lyrical themes of KA GAIA AN?
We sing about the Dacians, their culture and civilization. The song "Doina", for example, has lyrics that express deep feelings and sadness, while other songs like "Căluceanu" express joy and energy. The main theme of the song ''Joacă Dacii'' ( The dacian circle dance ) is about the circle dance we so often see our fans perform on our concerts.
What are your influences?
We mix the beauty of our Romanian history and folklore with metal music. The metal influences vary quite a lot so we can't say we have a particular band that defines the way Ka Gaia An sounds.
Who are Your Favorite Romanian Metal Bands?
We appreciate all the Romanian metal bands and we respect them for putting effort into following their passion. If we had to mention a few now, we could talk about Bucovina, Eternal Fire or Adastia, but again, every band deserves appreciation.
How did you choose the cover artwork for "Neamul Dacilor"?
The artwork for "Neamul Dacilor" was based on the feelings expressed by our songs. We discussed, came up with ideas and decided that the artwork should contain the most important elements related to the Dacians: the spirit of war, the sword, the stronghold, the specific clothing, the traditional dance, their connection to nature and their capital, Sarmizegetusa Regia.
How were the songs written?
Over time, due to the fact that the band was founded in 2008, it went through some changes regarding its members. The songs were composed by Ka Gaia An's original members alongside our male vocalist, Florin Costăchiţă, who also wrote the lyrics. Of course, the interpretation of the songs was adapted to the line-up changes. The new members contributed with ideas, but the songs remained true to what Ka Gaia An wishes to express.
How did the recording process go?
The recording process required a lot of hard work, but it was one of the most beautiful and creative moments for Ka Gaia An. Our lead guitarist, Gabi Andrei, handled everything regarding the orchestration, recording, mixing and mastering.
What are your future plans?
We wish to make ourselves heard. We are very passionate about what we do and we want to improve ourselves. We want to spread our music and traditions in as many countries as possible.
Are there any countries you’re interested in touring or performing in? Why?
We want to meet people from all over the world! We would like to perform in every country because all of them have their beauty. We are interested in finding out how we are perceived by people in different countries, so that we know what needs to be changed/improved.
What bands would you like to play alongside?
There are many bands that come to our minds, but we could mention Ensiferum, Eluveitie, Arkona, Fintroll and Korpiklaani.
Any last words?
Thank you for the interview and best wishes from Romania and we hope to meet one day in the backstage of one of our gigs!
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