Venezuelan-born progressive music innovator FELIX MARTIN has announced the release of new album Caracas on 12th April and unveiled the first video from the LP.
FELIX MARTIN is an ambidextrous Venezuelan musician pioneering a new style of playing the electric guitar. With his self-designed 14 and 16-string guitars, Felix emulates playing two instruments as if they were one, creating a completely new sound of his own.
Caracas is a compilation of traditional Venezuelan songs and styles, fused with Felix’s unique blend of progressive metal and Latin music. A kaleidoscope of musical ideas and concepts delivered with an instrumental approach, Felix and his band promise to achieve even greater notoriety in the progressive music community with this stunning release.
On the musical inspiration behind Caracas, Felix commented: "There are many sounds in Venezuelan / Latin music that can be easily fit into the progressive metal world, both styles make a lot of sense together. Learning traditional songs as a teenager taught me how to play the guitar using the tapping technique, so I wanted to go back to my roots and transform these songs into my current musical style.
Caracas reflects on Venezuelan music, culture and the protests against the governing dictatorship. Now based in Los Angeles, FELIX MARTIN is still an active protester against the Venezuelan government and uses progressive music as his form of expression.
Felix continues: "I started making this album in 2017 during the bloody protests in Venezuela. After I attended the protests and started touring again, I wanted to make something valuable to give my people hope, and export our great music for people who are not familiar with Latin music."
Musicians featured on Caracas are Victor Carracedo on drums and Javier Sepulveda on bass, and it was mixed and mastered by Adam Bentley of Arch Echo. All Berklee graduates including Felix, these top musicians challenge the concepts and ideas of traditional music as they continue to blur the defined genre lines.
Pre-order Caracas here:
Pre-save Spotify: https://bit.ly/2DNDlRj
Merch / Hard copies: http://felixmartin.net/caracas
Felix graduated from Berklee on a scholarship in 2012 and immediately signed to Prosthetic Records, a move which launched his career and saw him tour the USA, Europe, and South America. His band have played festivals such as Progressive Nation(invited by Mike Portnoy), SXSW, Euroblast, Tech-Fest and many more. In addition to several headline runs, the band have toured with and Sons Of Apollo (Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, Bumblefoot), Tony Macalpine and opened for Steve Vai
FELIX MARTIN will be touring the world in support of the Caracas, first off in Mexico (dates below) and he will be joined by Mexican band Parazit, which features thephenomenal guitarist Jose Macario. Tours of the US and Europe will follow and will be announced soon.
Currently announced dates:
3 Apr - Guadalajara/ Chango Vudu
4 Apr - CDMX/ Foro Bizarro
5 Apr - Toluca/ Sala Traffic
6 Apr - Puebla/ TBA
7 Apr - Morelia/ Cactux