Metal Muthas: Enrique Sagarnaga (Crypt Sermon, Relapse Records)

Every so often, we take a little time on Mondays to pay tribute to the Muthas! That is, reprinting the adorable metal/maternal Q&As that run in the magazine. Today, enjoy Justin Norton’s chat with Maria Jose Wendt, mother of Enrique Sagarnaga (Crypt Sermon/Relapse Records).

Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I come from a traditional Bolivian family of politicians and poets. My grandfather was vice president of the country and was a literary figure during his time. Literature was a means to discover new horizons, challenges and cultures. I’ve always considered myself a worldly person. I’ve been lucky enough to live across different countries and cultures. This helped enrich my life and gifted me with a diverse group of friends and incredible experiences. I was living in the USA when Enrique was born in 1988. That year would forever change my life and cement my career as a mother. I play acoustic guitar and have enjoyed singing since I was six. Presently I live in La Paz, Bolivia, the highest capital of the world—approximately 12,000 feet above sea level.

What was Enrique like growing up?
Growing up in La Paz, Enrique went through various moods and phases. When he was a young boy, he was hyperactive but very affectionate. He loved the guitar. He started elementary school in La Paz, but also learned English during a brief time living in Florida. We went back to Bolivia where Enrique spent the rest of schooling. During this period, he found a passion for playing drums.

What did you think when he started drumming?
When Enrique communicated his intent to play drums, he was around 10. It was a dream come true for me! I always wanted to instill my passion for music to him, and Enrique developed this innately. I immediately got him a tutor.

Was your son a good student or a troublemaker?
Enrique was characterized by a rebellious nature. He always excelled in social sciences, not so much exact sciences. In school he was always a rebel and had a very tight knit circle with his closest friends.

Are you surprised he has made a living in the music industry?
Yes, I’m very surprised! I always thought that music would be his passion and hobby.

Do you like Crypt Sermon?
Of course, I do! They are a very talented band, and you can tell that they dedicate a good amount of time to this, hours and hours of practice and team work.

What about your son makes you proudest?
I couldn’t have asked for a better son. He’s shown me that despite our long distance, he can still maintain a relationship with his family and make things better.