So first, how is this new tour going on?
Great, the tour has been awesome, you know? Weve been touring
this record for a while now man, and its been great. Real good
shows and everything, sold out concerts, and now all the festivals,
so its been pretty unbelievable. Its definitely been unbelievable.
you were playing with KoRn...
Yeah we did a bunch of shows with KoRn at the beginning of the tour.
That was a lot of fun. Those were some big shows that we did so that
was definitely cool too.
then Jonathan Davis had problems?
Yeah he got sick or something I heard. Im not sure exactly what
happened, but I know he got ill and they cancelled a couple of the last
were supposed to play tonight
Oh yeah they were.
youre going to headline tonight?
I guess so right? Yeah we go on at 12:30 last, so its going to
be a late show man.
you get a chance to play longer?
Yeah, I guess so. I guess well do a longer set than usual. Yeah
it should be good right playing everything, which is always good.
has changed the lineup of the band many times before. Youve recorded
two records with him, Joe, and Bobby. Do you see any reason this time
the band will stay together?
Yeah I dont see why not? I think we all get along, and we all
dig the music were playing, so I think itll stay.
you already worked on a new record?
No we havent started anything yet, but well probably start
at the end of this tour, start working on some new shit. Well
see what happens.
Dark Ages you personally bring a lot to the Soulfly sound.
Does Max allow you place more place to write?
Yeah, definitely put a lot of input in on Dark Ages, and
Prophecy, but probably Dark Ages even more.
Im a big fan of a lot of old Thrash Metal shit, you know what
I mean? So I definitely think between myself and Joe, whos a big
fan of Thrash Metal, and Max were trying to push the direction
of the record towards that.
After being in the band 3 years, what do you think
of your career at this point?
Great, Im happy, I love it, Im having a good time between
Soulfly and my solo stuff, I got a solo record out which is like Flamenco
and Shred Metal together. Im happy man, I love doing Soulfly and
doing my solo stuff. Its a great time for me.
heard you play a few shows solo.
Yeah I do a lot of shows when Im home, and even on tour I do a
lot of in store appearances. I did one in Toulouse, France I think it
was. I go to a music store and I played Flamenco guitar and the heavy
stuff off my record. Shred instrumental stuff you know? Its fun, I love
how was the response from the people who went to see you?
It was great. I think people really dig it because you just hang out
and its a full on shred thing. I just get up there and rip out
man, so I think the kids have really been digging it. And Ive
been doing them a lot. I do them in America, out here in Europe, and
then when Im done with this tour Im going home and doing
a little week tour with Alex Skolnicks new band and Dave Ellefson
from Megadeths new band, and going out and doing a tour with my
band. When Im not on tour with Soulfly then I do my solo stuff.
always on the road...
Yeah Im always on tour. Its never ending. Im always
playing, everyday. Thats my goal, to do a show every day.
wrote a review of your record on our website, and for me it could be
a good Motion Picture Soundtrack for a movie like City of God.
Yeah I would love to do stuff like that one day, score movies and stuff.
It definitely could because its instrumental you know what Im
saying? So it definitely could have that potential of being in movies
because its all instrumental music. Hopefully in the future Ill
do that. Id definitely be interested.
youre playing your Flamenco stuff it makes me think about the
influence of people like John McLaughlin or Paco de Lucia. Were they
Very big influence. Especially Paco de Lucia, Im a huge Paco fan,
and I like John McLaughlin, I like all that stuff. At the end of the
day my favorite type of music is instrumental guitar. I like to hear
virtuosos play guitar. My favorite style of music is that, I love it.
you going to promote your solo record on tour in France & in Europe?
Yeah, basically when Im doing those in store appearances Im
promoting my record, and when I go out and do my own tours. I try to
promote both Soulfly and my stuff.
Im working on that man. Soon, very soon Ill be touring in
Europe, and especially France. Im talking to some booking agents
now and getting ready to do that. In the future I definitely want to
come out here and tour Europe. I think the kids out here especially
would really like it a lot.
what are your plans in the future with Soulfly and your own band?
Soulfly, were going to finish up this festival and then we head
home in about a week and a half. And then were home for a week,
and during that week Im doing a little tour for my solo stuff.
And then we come back over here. One week were back here in Europe
for 3 more weeks doing all the other festivals that were going
to do. And then after that I think were going to do a U.S. tour.
Whenever Im not touring with Soulfly Ill be doing my stuff.
Im always busy.
youre not going to be in the studio again for a long time?
Im going to be starting a new solo record. In October Im
going into the studio. By that time well be taking a break from
Soulfly for the Holidays, so October I plan on getting back into the
studio and doing a second record. And my next record is going to be
cool Im going to have some vocals on it to. Im really excited
what you say it doesnt seem difficult to combine Soulfly and your
Its easy. Its kind of 2 different types of music.
On tour youve got a lot of time to write. Like I said when I do
those in store clinics and stuff, thats in the afternoon. Ill
usually do that at 4 or 5 oclock in the afternoon and play for
the people that come to the show. Then at night I play with Soulfly.
So it works out good. I got the whole afternoon free so Ill do
a show by myself and then go do a show at night with Soulfly. Its
awesome, 2 shows in one day.
you have something to say to your French fans?
Thanks for coming out to all the shows and picking up both records mine,
and Soulfly. The shows are always great here in France. I love coming
to France for the shows and the food, I like the food a lot. Its
always fun to come here to France. Its definitely a good time.
Pivot Survey with Marc Rizzo :
is you favorite word? Guitar
Youre least favorite word? Planes,
I dont like planes. I dont like flying.
What turns you on creatively? Good music.
Spiritually? Good music.
Emotionally? Good music
What turns you off? Bad music
What is your favorite curse word? I guess
What is the sound you love? Flamenco guitar
The sound you hate? Out of tune guitar.
What is your favorite place on Earth? Where
I live. I like the New York, New Jersey area where I live. Thats
And the place you hate? I like everywhere.
I dont really hate anywhere too much. I like traveling.
Which persons influenced you the most during
Probably Yngwie Malmsteen. Im a big fan.
Who were your heros when you were a kid?
Yngwie Malmsteen, Slayer, Metallica, Paco de Lucia. All of my
favorite guitar players, I can go forever.
What profession other than your own would you
like to attempt? I dont know? I couldnt think of
anything Id rather do than play guitar. I love playing music,
so thats about it.
And the one you wouldnt like to do?
Probably all my old jobs that I use to do before getting a record deal.
I use to drive a truck; I use to work for a construction company. All
that stuff. I wouldnt want to go back there again.
If Heaven exists what would you like God to say
to you when you arrive at the pearly gates? I dont know
theres got to be guitars there. Music I hope so. Hopefully he
introduces me to a guitar store where I can just pick up any guitar
I want and get it for free. Its Heaven right?
Interview Manu & Benny
Translation Johnny A. de Anda/Manu