your feeling about this new europan tour, you were in Lille and Lyon,
how were the concerts?
They were very good. It's been a great tour. We've been in europe since
january, it's been a long, but great tour, and the french shows are
all sold-out, which makes me very happy, 'cause I think it's the result
of many years of work in France.
does represent all those hands together on the cd and the number "3",
and about this sign which comes from boudist religion, what does it
mean for you?
I think it's a very cool symbol, it's the symbol representing the sounds
of the univers and it's also the most powerful mantra in hindo and i
think i always been attract to different cultures ans stuffs, so when
I saw that I think that I was really excited to use that for the album
cover, and also because it looks a little bit like the number "3"
and the albums is called "Soulfly 3". So those two things
end up matching together, I end up choosing that for the cover of the
this new album, we thaught it's more melodic, with more traditional
sounds, that we found on your previous albums, it's a way to surprise
or an evolution of Soulfly's style?
I don't yeally know, it's just what I like to play. To analize, that's
not my job. My job is to play the music I feel, the feeling's comming
true. This album is like "Primitive" was, every albums are
different but in the end of the date for me, the most important is that
the songs are honnest and I like to play them and that's for Soulfly,
the most important.
you satidfied of the result? And if it was possible to change something
on it, which one?
I'm very satisfied and I don't look back on the album very much, I can
think "Oh yeah! I could have done this, I could have done that...".
It's a little bit a waste of time because you're always gonna find something
to change but you got a draw line and at to some point you have to say
"Ok, I'm happy with it"? What I ever think I'm not satisfied
with this album, is that I'll have to try to do better for the next
one, so it's give you like "hope for the next records".
have known lots of problems with musicians at the beginning. Today,
do you think that you found the best musicians for Soulfly?
I don't think there was really problems. The people how are incoming
here have to really feet the atmosphere and I knew from the beginning
that there was gonna be a busy task, so mostly on the guitar part because
the first guitar player was not in the band, he was from Chico Science,
so since the first album we don't have a guitar player. But I think
it's no problem, I think, for me, the most important is that the music
have gone, even with the changes, it didn't stop the music, didn't stop
the albums. Today the line-up is more solid, I'm happy about that.
Mickey the best guitar-player for Soulfly?
Yeah, you know, for our music, we don't require much really. There's
no really much a lot of leads and things like that. Mickey plays a really
important role as just a solid rythm noisy type guitar, for Soulfly
that's perfect, we don't need nothing more than that.
Brazil now, which changes happened since Lula's new government?
I think it takes time to see but you know, the good thing in term of
music, in culture, it's the appointment of Gilberto Gil as minister
of culture, I think that's good, that's the first time they put a musician
in charge of this section and he's a good guy, I know him personaly,
and I think on the cultural music side, it's gonna improve brazilian
music area because we are a rich country music but music is never been
give proper in treatment like in America or here in Europe, you get
funs, you get people their backs of music. In Brazil, that's never happened,
musicians is kind like a second degree job you know, so I think with
Gilberto Gil, that might change and music could be seen as a good profession
, as any other profession like doctor, or teacher, be treated like a
good profession that you can really do something good, so I think that's
a really good beginning.
a brezilian living in USA, what do you think about the Irak war and
I'm against war, I wish there was been different solutions but that
doesn't seem to be the case. I'm against terrorism as well, I think
it's a problem, terrorism is a scarry problem that affect everybody.
Anybody at any moment can be a target of terrorism, and that's scarry.
So, we're linving in different world. My only hope is that's get sold,
soon I hope, and try to go back to some kind normal life.
about terrorism, you've put one minute silence on the records in relation
of the attacked in USA...
Yeah..a minute of silence for me was the best, because everybody was
making songs about the attacks, all the musicians were talking about.
For me it was much better to do the opposite of everybody and the silence
speaks louder than a thousand words. I was like very...proud that I
choose that way to do in that situation.
you know the european scene, what do you think about it, can you name
us some bands you like, maybe some french bands?
This tour is been show me some great new bands like Eyesburn from Belgrade,
it's a evry good group, Stampin'Ground from U.K opened our shows, Defdump
it's really a good band from France, they'll open the show tonight.
A lot of it I don't know 'cause I don't live here but I would like to
check them out like this one (Showing french bands's cds Blight and
Counterfeit). So, it's good to hear new music, really.
France, Max Cavalera is a very appreciate person by the public and the
medias, but what does Max Cavalera think about France and the french
I only have good things to say about France. It's one of the first country
that they accept my new face when a lot of people criticize the beginning
of Soulfly. I've got the best connection with the french fans. The Instores
were great, meeting with fans were great and the shows which is the
most important, they're been unbalivably great, all sold-out but a very
all Soulfly's album there are lots of guest, with whom did you have
the best feelings, and how was it?
With evreybody, there's no really one that's in particulary stands up
from another, they're all diferent. Christian was great, Tom Araya was
great, all the guests were really cool because all of them came of his
own working with me. I think, my favourite part of guest is percution
and that's something that I can't hide, it's my roots. And the two people
I work with, Meia Noite from Brazil, and Larry Mc Donald from Jamaica.
That's my favourite part of the studio. Watching those guys and learn
with them about on the instruments they can put you know. My albums
have, all of them 30 or 40 different instruments, which is salute for
a metal record you know (laugh)... it's more than any other album
of this kind. And I think in the future, I like to have more, like maybe
to explore some other type of percution, like medoist percusions, northern
african percusions which is very cool too.
you agree now, if we speak a little bit about Sepultura?
No, I don't want to.
did you choose the "Nulle Part Ailleurs" french TV show on
"Canal+" chanel, to anounce the name of your new band Soulfly,
It was the time I revel the name but the label didn't know the name
of the band and I wanted to do something more surprise than just corporate,
like going to the record label like "This is my new band...",
so do it live on tv was more exciting (lol), the label was pissed
off but I don't care (genral laugh), they were like :"You
should have told us...", and I said : "Fuck you..." (genral
Laugh). It was better to do it like that!
I found very strange yesterday during the concert, you've played five
songs which aren't on Soulfly's records, only 12 Soulfly's song, Why
did you play 4 Sepultura's songs, and a cover?
For me, every songs I play are specificly for the lyrics mostly, when
I play "Nailbomb", "Roost", "Arise", those
are really personal songs, they are part of my history you know. So,
I think, I have a long material to choose from, that's many albums,
it's difficult to make a setlist that pleased everybody, it's impossible,
there's always somebody that's say "I wish you were playing that
song...", but I try (laugh). It's just hard because there's
so many songs!
are your plans for the next month after the tour?
We'll do a tour in America and in Canada, and then i'll start working
on the new album, for the end of the year or something.
you have already songs or ideas for the album?
Yeah, I have ideas, like doing stuff more species, but it's kinda early
'cause I'm on tour. But the northern African percusion, I really wanna
try that, it's very different for me, to extend the tribal meaning to
another level that I haven't done yet.
you think that Soulfly is still Max Cavalera' s new band, or a very
No, I think it's really a strong band! We toured like any other band,
we have a good line-up, now more than ever, a very solid line-up. So
I don't think it's a project at all, Nailbomb was a project, Soulfly
is a band!
word about the last world-cup?
I think Brazil win more of for the coach than even the players, for
the first time, we have a very serious coach, he used to be a corp,
a policeman, that's why he sot off !(laugh), He makes Brazil
win the cup!
you explain us the link between you and your spirituality with God?
It's difficult to explain because it's like inside of you, you know.
I just think that, God has really been strong, a very strong force in
my life. And I dedicated my albums to God for that you know but i don't
like to be like some of those bands that are forcing religion on people,
that's why I have the Indoo album cover and I have images of different
type of religion, because I don't have one religion. The problem is
that everybody think that their religion is the best, just like soccer
we've got some questions about your tattoos, and is it possible to take
some pictures of them?
Sure, no problem!
How did you come to tattoo, which is the first
one, and why did you make it?
I don't have a first tattoo anymore, it's under this one, there's was
a dragon there. When I was young, i was only 14 when I got this, it
was because a friend of mine got a tatoo and I really liked it, so I
sold some of my albums to get this tattoo (lol),
sold like 10 records to get the money for the tattoo. I love tattoos,
I think tatoos are great expressions of yourself , they give you strength,
for me they really do give you some kind of strength combine with the
music. Like this is a very important tattoo right here. This is for
me my travel vocal chords you know, the voice comes from this inside
but this is the outside, the power control.
you have a Soulfly tattoo?
Not yet. I'm waiting because the Soulfly symbol is invented by a tattoo
artist and I want to do it with him, but he's busy all the time. And
every time I go to California, he's really busy, so I have to wait to
the right time (lol). I like those on elbows
Yeah from Paul Booth!
all your tattos, which one do you prefer and why?
I like all of them, just like music. I don't really have a favourite,
they're all part, there all connected.
Those are my kids names, I like those :
you got an idea of the next one?
I wanna get the Soulfly probably here, to connect to the chords, but
I also wanna get Saint-Mickael somewhere which is my archangel, maybe
in my back, big Saint-Mickeal on my back would be really cool.
I take the one on your chest please?
there a tattoist work that impress you very much? How is he, and would
you like him to tatoo you?
There's lot of great tattoo artist. Some tattoo artist are not famous
but great. You have people like Paul Booth, Filip Leu, who are the most
popular ones, they're great, but that doesn't mean they're the only
greats you know. I think tatoo is like music, there's some people very
underground, nobody knows, and they can be amazing so what I do it's
from city to city, if I hear about somebody, I like to go check it out
and if I think the guy's really cool for that style, I'll get a tattoo
from him. My closest tatoo artist is Paul Booth, he's a friend, he's
stay at my house, we're friends to the music. There's been many like
Michael Roper from Phoenix as done my hands, Paul Stottler has done
some of my color stuff, there's many great tattoo artist you know. In
Brzail we've got many good tattoo artist, in France there's Tin-Tin,
who makes very good portrait stuff , I like to get one from him actually,
that would be cool...maybe next time.(lol)
good tattoo artists all over the world!
Yeah! There's plenty. I need more body room (laugh), the problem
is not tattoo, the problem is more room!!(laugh)
but you've got your legs, your back..
Ohh, I've got that one my leg , done in germany, it's celtic cross.
I'm not celtic, i'm not irish, but I like the design, I like the celtic
if you're ok, we've got a little tradition on the website, we're making
a little video on which one you can do whatever you want like talking,
running all over the room...
(laugh), I'll just say "Hi!"!
VIDEO (3.52 MB)
Max Tattoos' Pics !!!