you speak to me about this new Road Rage tour?
You were in: France, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, and Spain.
How was it?
It was great. Every show in UK has been sold out and 95% of the whole
tour has been sold out, which I'm very happy to say. It's been a great
experience for us. This is our 4th time here and we're happy to be here
are the relationships with the other bands Chimaira and Spineshank?
Oh, very good. We've been touring with those bands for a long time:
Spineshank a couple of times and Chimaira a bunch of time in US. This
is good to tour with them and being here in Europe.
you prefer to play in big Festival like "Road Rage" with labelmates
or in classical tour?
I like both. I like big big festivals with a lot of people, energy in
But little place are cool too: we're face to face; you
see the kids react and their reactions are really clear.
new record "Confession" is out since 1 months. How do you
feel nowadays about it?
I love the record, I'm proud of it and of the band. We sold 60 000 pieces
in America and were number 36 in the billboard charts. It's a good accomplishment
for us to be in the top 40 of the billboard. It's a very honest record!
record is produced by Bob Marlette. What did he bring to your sound?
Bob Marlette was just a great mediator in the bands, and a good musician
He's now part of the Ill Nino family! He pushed all of us to our limits
and in the direction of being sure of ourselves. He was always saying
"don't pay attention to the press, to what people say, just do
your own thing".
also co-produced it, as "Revolution / Revolucion". Why didn't
have completely produce it?
I just wanted to have someone else to sit down next to me and say "You
know, I see this differently. Let me try to make it sound this way or
this way and we will see". He is a person I respect so much and
his point of view was enriching.
cover represents praying hands. Can you explain me it meaning and is
it especially a catholic representation or a world-wide one?
No, it's not about religion. The fingers are crossed, which means Fake.
In America, for me, people fake praying. They use religion to lie and
hypocritical and not themselves. That just means: "If you do something,
you feel you have accomplished everything you have wanted with "Confessions"?
Not yet. It's only out since 30 days. I'll see in one year at the end
of the tour. Musically, without a doubt, yeah. Sales, not yet!
have 2 new members in you row: Ahrue and Danny. What did they bring
to the CD, and what do they bring now to live shows?
Ahrue is bringing happiness and new breath in the band. We are friend
since many years. He's an amazing player and play guitar since a long
time. Danny is just an amazing percussionist.
Christian's lyrics seem more personal. What have
been his influences for "Confession"?
His vocals are our lives, we speak through him. We discuss the themes.
He writes the most part of the lyrics and after we discuss how we could
express it more personally.
drums parts are more tribal. Did you compose in tandem with Danny or
did he only add his parts?
No. When Danny came in the band, my drums parts were already recorded.
But he is an amazing musician. I let him do his job, and he did it perfectly.
have toured 2 years for the "Revolution / Revolucion" album.
What did you learn of it?
We learnt to live with many people and kill each other!
starting Ill Nino, you've played with Pro-Pain and Soulfly. What do
you feel different between all those bands experience?
I learnt from all my bands' experiences. Soulfly, it was just cool to
play with Max, it was an honour. I learnt from him how to behave when
you are in front of thousands of kids and as a person. From Pro-Pain,
I definitively learnt a lot about the business. I do all the business
for Ill Nino and I was used to do it partly for Pro-Pain.
you have a message for the young generations?
If you want to do something, do it!
did you come to tattoo?
One day, I went with one of my friend to a tattoo shop. I didn't go
to get tattooed but my friend yes and I left the shop with one!
is your first one?
A tribal dragon. Is not already finished, I added many things to it.
all your tattoos, which one do you prefer and Why?
I don't have really preferences, I love all of them!
is the last one?
The face of Drowning Pool's singer. I've done it after he died because
he's a person I loved and had so much respect for.
there a tattooist's work that impresses you very much? Who is he? Would
you like him to tattoo you?
Yeah, a lot of tattooist: Shu, Evil Dave who kicks ass.
you, what's the importance of tattoo in the rock's spirit?
It's a way of life, a way of expression, and a way to have artwork you
forever in you.
do you think about the new rise of tattoo?
I think that this is cool, that people realise tattoo are not for persons
who are in jail!!
Interview and Translation Ben