Sepultura’s Andreas Kisser

August 23rd, 2005
by EvilG

Sepultura: Getting To The Top Again.
An interview with Andreas Kisser!

By: Patricia Renda & Marcos Cardoso,
Planet Metal Magazine, Brazil.

Interviewed March/April 1999


Metal Rules!!
Max has declared that Sepultura does not exist anymore. What do you think of it?

Sep:
I have no comments about it, really. He’s been saying these things since he left the band. But the strange thing is that in every interview he has a different opinion, he’s not sure of what to say about all the things we have been through. I’ve heard him saying bad things and good things about us. We don’t know if he’s saying what he’s feeling now, or if he’s talking about the past, or even what he’ll feel in the future.

 

Metal Rules!!
After all the troubles, did you get to the real conclusion about why Max left the band?

Sep:
The truth is that we didn’t what to work with Gloria, our manager. We had a 2-year contract with her, and it would end in December 96, on the 16th, which was the day of our last show in London. Me, Paulo and Igor thought that she didn’t represent the band anymore, at least not the way we wanted, the way the band was created, when everybody worked hard and shared the credits together. Max did not agree with our decision and decided to leave Sepultura and start something new.

 

Metal Rules!!
Is there any hard feelings about the way Gloria shared the money among you?

Sep:
There are many reasons and details in this story, but the main reason was that she wasn’t representing the band the way we wanted.

 

Metal Rules!!
Did she give any privileges to Max that was no good to the rest of the band?

Sep:
Surely. And things only got worse after they got married. She started to give more credits to one than to another and there it goes. Of course, the lead singer gets more attention from the media than the rest of the band, he’s the voice of the band. But that’s not the reason why the others would be put behind, especially in a band like Sepultura, that lived in a democracy since the beginning. In Roots, there was this idea that Max did it all by himself, which is an utopia. We didn’t want to work this way anymore. We wanted to change managers to bring Max closer to the rest of the band, make us work better. Our music is not a product, it has no dictator, not a leader. Our songs consist in an idea called “Sepultura”, it’s a way we created, it’s our style.

 

Metal Rules!!
Max says he’s the “firemaker” of the band. Was he responsible for all the different things you’ve done so far, like playing with Chico Science, use percussion instruments, etc…?

Sep:
Max had always been a very important part of the band, but all of us were responsible for everything. We started to use this influence of the Brazilian music since Beneath the Remains and Arise. After that, we started to play the instruments, just like in “Kaiowas”, from Chaos AD. In this particular song we were also influenced by Neurosis. So, all the things that happened in our band were never because of one guy, it was always a group decision. 

 

Metal Rules!!
Back to the Donnington festival, when Max had to leave the band before the show and went back to the States because Gloria’s son had died. Didn’t it hurt you after all and maybe that was the beginning of the end for Max in the Sepultura?

Sep:
No way. That was a decision from the whole band, he didn’t run away and leave us behind. That definitely didn’t happen. We told him to go because we could run the show without him. Dana was a very close friend, his death was a shock to all of us. Everybody did their best to make Max and Gloria go to the States as fast as possible.

 

Metal Rules!!
He says that one of the main reason of his departure was the fact that the friends and wives of the band were giving opinions in the band’s decisions. Did it really happen?

Sep:
That’s ridiculous. It’s normal that people around the band have their opinions and get involved anyway, but at the end of the day it was our decision, only the four of us. Actually, three of us, as Max used to spend most of his time with Gloria and only came to the shows and left after that. He was kind of lost, and he’s still like that nowadays.

 

Metal Rules!!
Max also said that he saw the other members throwing away letters from the fans through the window of the bus many times. What do you think of it?

Sep:
All I can do is laugh. This is nonsense, and it’s the first time I hear about it. Go on to the next question…

 

Metal Rules!!
There are rumors that you and Max haven’t spoken to each other for years. Is that true?

Sep:
Of course not. There has never been a discussion among the members of the band, it was very peaceful and that’s why we improved our music so much. By the way, I’m Zyon’s godfather, Max’s son.

 

Metal Rules!!
Have you listened to Soulfly’s new album?

Sep:
Yes, I have. I thought it kind of confused, and there’s no connection amongst the members of the band. In my opinion, Max got some musicians, any musicians in the band, thinking that only his voice would do the rest. You can’t even call it a band. I think they need to get involved to each other before they can do a better work.

 

Metal Rules!!
When you chose Derrick as the lead vocals was there any fear of racism or prejudice acts against him?

Sep:
No. This is something that’s getting old, all this radicalism is ending. Sepultura has always fought against racism and all this shit. The only thing that matters is his quality as a musician and as a good person. We don’t care about the rest. When we played in Germany, in the ex-East Germany, and in Poland, we could feel some rejection from some fans, but that’s normal.

 

Metal Rules!!
Do you think that Sepultura’s music has lost a bit of his natural “punch”? Is your music too Yankee?

Sep:
This is your opinion. This “punch” you’re talking about comes from Igor, who’s still with us, and is becoming an even better musician, like the rest of us. We never wanted to compare Against with any other Sepultura record. And it’s surely not more Yankee than Morbid Visions, Arise and Beneath the Remains. At that time the American influence was much stronger, we hated everything that came from Brazil: samba, percussion, etc… . What we are doing now is something new, we can’t compare it. We looked for a singer who didn’t copy Max’s way just because of it, to start something new and exciting.

 

Metal Rules!!
Did you expect the repercussion Against had?

Sep:
In fact, we didn’t know what to expect. When Derrick started in the band, most of the songs were written and things happened easily. We were very surprised with the public’s reaction towards Derrick, his acceptance, and the happiness of the fans with our comeback.

 

Metal Rules!!
How were the days as a 3-person band?

Sep:
It was a very important period of the band. We set our minds to do something right, and if we had put a singer in the band at that time, I think we wouldn’t be together today. We just weren’t ready for a fourth member. We believed we would stay as a trio, but after 8 months my singing wasn’t as good as expected and we needed someone to take the band ahead.

 

Metal Rules!!
Did this tour with Slayer put an end to the stories that the two bands didn’t get along very well?

Sep:
This was all stories of the press and some unsolved matters. We had never met the guys before, so, how could we say something against them? It all started during the Rock in Rio, when we met their manager, who had come with the Guns ‘n Roses, and we set a tour with Slayer. Nobody knows why the tour was cancelled and then Kerry King started to talk bullshit and, of course, we wouldn’t be quiet at it. It was a dream to have played with the guys, as they had influenced us in the beginning of our careers, and it was great to put an end to all this gossip. I played “Chemical Welfare” with them and Kerry played “Propaganda” with us.

 

Metal Rules!!
What are the band’s plans for the rest of 99?

Sep:
We are going to record something with Apocalyptica, that cello band. We’ll also record with Mike Patton, ex-Faith No More, and we’ll be in many important festivals around the world. We may go to Ozzfest again, and we want to go on tour around Brazil, every part of it, and it’s an old dream of ours.

 

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