That One Time Soulfly's Max Cavalera Pissed on a Star-Struck Fan, and Other Tales
How do the Soulfly audiences react to Lody Kong?
They don't really like it [Lody Kong opening for Soulfly]. I told the boys that I opened for a lot of people whose audience didn't like Sepultura, but you have to use the reaction as a weapon.
They had a couple shows where the crowd didn't like it, but some did. They have a Sonic Youth influence. My crowd doesn't listen to Sonic Youth. I do, but a lot of my friends don't. I noticed that the more they play, the better they got.
We had the Maximum Cavalera tour and it was Lody Kong, Incite, and Soulfly. They were [Cavalera demonstrates a reaction by sitting back and crosses his arms] for Lody Kong. They were okay for Incite, though, maybe because they are a lot more my style. Richie [Cavalera] has really become a good front man. He has a lot of energy and reminds me a lot of the lead singer for Lamb of God [Randy Blythe]. He really gets the crowd going.
It was funny because we had to hide the beer from them. Put it in a trunk or hide it the bus and make sure they didn't steal it. I would have stolen it back when I was their age. They are a lot more well behaved than I was, which is good for them.
You've also got some collaborations happening, correct?
I love doing this kind of wild, off-the-wall collaborations. I did this thing with some guys from Scotland, Man Must Die, which was super-cool. They are these crazy Scottish dudes with the whole "fuck England" kind of vibe.
I also did a song for Five Finger Death Punch . . . They wanted me to do a song with them in Portuguese. It was fun.
I did something really cool. ESPN hired me to do the music for the World Cup. I love soccer and the World Cup is in Brazil. They were all just two-minute songs, no vocals . . . I put a lot of tribal percussion on it. I tried to imagine what kind of a cool riff would go with, you know, someone scoring a goal, and I did something on the ESPN noise, the duh nuh, duh nuh noise that they can use for anything. I also did the "Ole, ole, ole" but we're not
sure if they can use it as somebody might have the right for it.
That sounds awesome. I heard about a supergroup that you're involved in. What's up with that?
I am also doing this thing, Killer Be Killed. It's me, Greg [Puciato of Dillinger Escape Plan], and Troy [Sanders of Mastodon]. We are all singing, so it is kind of like the heavy version of the Transplants. We got Dave Elitch from Mars Volta on the drums, and it is awesome. He's so good . . . really fun to watch in the studio. It comes out in May.
Glen La Ferman Killer Be Killed -- yes, that's a pun in the band name.
The record came out really good. It is really different. There is a lot of melody because Troy sings really melodic and Greg sings both really melodic and also does the screamy shit like he does in Dillinger. We actually wrote a song about people in Iraq and Iran who can go to jail because they listen to heavy music. Gloria does a lot on Facebook, and some kids told her that they couldn't listen to metal because they would go to jail for it. It struck me as such a cool topic, I can't believe no one has written a song about this before, so we did. So we wrote this really Soundgarden-sounding song, with a Soundgarden kinda bass line, and Troy sings really melodic on it. We're really proud of it. It's called "Forbidden Fire."
I just try to have fun with it, my way. I wrote the riffs I like and sing the way I like. I just enjoy doing it, man. I really don't care. I'm excited about it and even if nobody likes the record, which I don't think is going to be the case, even if that happened, I'd still think it was cool to do.