DJ Mama of the WSOU 89.5 radio station recently conducted an interview with Max Cavalera (SEPULTURA, SOULFLY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, KILLER BE KILLED). You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On the upcoming "Return To Roots" North American tour with his brother Igor Cavalera (drums) during which they will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of SEPULTURA's classic album "Roots" by performing the LP in its entirety:
Max: "This tour is amazing, because it was such an iconic record. It's even more powerful now than it was when it came out, I think. Now that it's twenty years down the road, the songs have become super classics and it's gonna be a lot of fun playing them live with Igor. And we have some really designs for t-shirts and a really cool backdrop. We're excited; I think it's gonna be awesome. It's a fun album to play too. There's a lot of really, really high-energy songs like 'Spit', 'Straighthate', 'Ratamahatta'. It's a fun record to play, so I'm excited for it. I think it's gonna be great."
On what fans can expect from the "Return To Roots" tour:
Max: "Well, hopefully we'll get to go a lot of places with it, and people get to experience a bit how this album was, because it was a special record, and there's some magic about this album that's really quite powerful when you play the songs live, and people will have a chance to experience a little bit of that on the 'Return To Roots' tour. I'm excited to play with Igor after twenty years of making this record, and I'm excited to play some songs we've never, ever played live, like 'Breed Apart', 'Ambush' and 'Endangered Species'; we've never played those live, so it's gonna be great to get to play that stuff live."
On his current relationship with Igor:
Max: "We don't see each other all the time, because I live in Arizona and he lives in England; he lives in London. And he's busy all the time; he's got a DJ project with his wife called MIXHELL, and he does a lot of that, so he's busy all the time with that. And I'm busy with SOULFLY a lot of the time. But when we get together to do stuff like CAVALERA CONSPIRACY or now this 'Roots' tour, it's always fun to hang out with him. We like a lot of the same music — we have similar tastes in music — and we like a lot of the same stuff; we like soccer and drawing and artwork. So, yes, we have a lot of the same friends in the music business. So hopefully we'll get to see a lot of those guys on tour too. Hopefully they'll come a show."
On whether they will perform the "Roots" songs the way they were originally recorded:
Max: "We're gonna try to play as close to the original as can possibly be, even with the tempo. I was trying to tell Igor, 'Don't play so fast,' 'cause live he has a tendency of playing faster than the records. And I was trying to explain to him: 'It would be cool if we get to play the album really close to the original version of the album.' And we're gonna try to play everything — even the songs that were recorded in a tribe; we're gonna try to play all of that. So it's gonna be a big challenge. But I think we can pull it off. I think it's gonna be fantastic; it's gonna be an amazing show."
On the possibility of performing other SEPULTURA albums in full in the future:
Max: "I'm hoping this idea goes good, so we can do other records, like we can do 'Arise' and 'Chaos A.D.' and even 'Morbid Visions'. I think 'Morbid Visions' would be a good one to do with the original [SEPULTURA] guitar player, Jairo [Guedz], 'cause he lives in [SEPULTURA's original hometown of] Belo [Horizonte, Brazil]. And he'd be great to do that with us. So let's see how this goes. Hopefully it'll open doors to do more stuff like this."
"Roots", along with 1993's "Chaos A.D.", is considered SEPULTURA's most commercially successful release, having been certified gold in 2005 by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for U.S. shipments in excess of 500,000 copies.
In 1996, Max exited SEPULTURA after the rest of the band fired Max's wife Gloria as their manager.
Igor left SEPULTURA in June 2006 due to "artistic differences." His departure from the band came five months after he announced that he was taking a break from SEPULTURA's touring activities to spend time with his second wife and their new son (who was born in January 2006).