Nayeli's "Rage" Is a Scary Track That Gives Voice to Women of Mexico
Nayeli is a German electronic artist with Mexican roots.

She is no stranger to using abrasive techno-infused bass lines and harsh pounding rhythms to channel sweaty dancefloor energy. However, on "Rage" she steps up her her game and uses that dark energy not only to channel strong emotions but also to send an important social message.

The track gives voice to anonymous victims of repulsive crimes against women in Mexico. We asked Nayeli to disclose the story behind it for our blog.

Nayeli Herrera Brincker
I am Nayeli. I am from Germany and I am 24 years old. My father is from Mexico.

I am an artist, singer, songwriter and producer and I am currently studying vocals in Berlin.

This is my second release and it is something I never thought I would be able to do: making angry music.

With my track "Rage" I tried to put this feeling that women or people who know of others that suffered inhumane crimes committed by men feel.

I especially think of women in Mexico that have been victims for many years and are still suffering to this very day.

I was always bothered by the general idea of how Mexico is viewed. Mexico is a beautiful country that is sadly tainted by crimes, poverty, and danger. Most people only remember Mexico because of these problems but don't actually care enough and think that's just something Mexico is destined to be: a dangerous and tragic country. But there are still problems that people don't think about enough.

Juárez is a city in Mexico, known for their women. Unfortunately, the reason for being known is not because of the greatness that these women embody. These women are remembered for being victims. Victims of crimes that no human should suffer. Rape, torture, murder, mutilation. Women disappear and some of their bodies are never to be found. There is no reason for that. The women there need to be very careful, and some have no choice but to work somewhere where there is no safety guaranteed.

It is mind-blowing to think that women get killed just for being women. Femicides happen in many countries and Mexico is sadly ranking as one of the highest in numbers of femicides happening every year.

Nayeli Herrera Brincker
I started this track by trying to create a sound similar to SOPHIE's "Ponyboy". That is how I got the bass of the track done. But I didn't know what to do with it from then on. Since I was just playing around and trying to get better at producing (I started in 2020) I didn't think of finishing it at that time.

When I saw online performances of the feminist collective LASTESIS from Chile and their protest movement "El violador eres tú" (English: You are the rapist.) happening around the world with so many women participating I got the idea of using these powerful words in my track. The choir of these angry and strong women is chilling and moving, and I admire all the women that are fighting for their freedom. Even if they are in danger they keep fighting and keep being strong for each other and that is empowering. The track was finally taking form and it fit was a perfect fit. From then on, the rest of the track was so easily done, and I enjoyed creating it.

The track itself is scary to me. And that's how I wanted it to be. A woman's rage is not to be underestimated. If you are guilty of a crime, you should feel scared, and justice wants to find you. There is nothing pretty about this topic and this track feels disturbing. But that is what these women have felt for so long and for so many times. If you feel uncomfortable listening to it, then I reached my goal.

Nayeli Herrera Brincker
I have never written music before that is so angry. I always tried to avoid getting angry and hated myself for getting angry. But I learnt that this emotion is very necessary, and anger is the drive to keep us going when we are treated unfairly.

I talked to my dad about the situation in Mexico. He told me there is nothing I can do. I shouldn't use my time for this. And I know why he says that. He himself is frustrated and in despair because he is here, and he cannot do anything to help. I saw him cry many times. I cannot imagine how hard it must be to see your beautiful home being buried by violence and crimes.

There has to be something I can do.

My something is not much but I hope to get some people to listen and understand that Mexico needs us. Change will not come soon but it is important to start somewhere. Companies from the US are exploiting Mexican women and creating these dangerous situations they are in. For Mexico to be free and blooming in its full beauty we need to be their voice. I hope I can contribute to this at least a little.

All the revenue that I will make with "Rage" I will donate to the organization Ni en more. They help women to find safe jobs and educate and aid them.

Thank you so much to LOUDNESS for giving me the opportunity to talk about this very important matter and helping the women in Mexico to be heard.