Interviewer: Cameron Edney - http://insideout666.mysite.freeserve.com
Every now and then an interview comes
along that you just can't decline. For me that interview was with
Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser. As a long-time Sepultura fan I
was looking forward to talking to Andreas on the phone about many
different issues surrounding the band. Unfortunately due to time commitments
on both our parts we had to conduct this interview via email. Andreas
has been keeping very busy over the last year working on the latest
Sepultura album 'Dante XXI', Andreas also found the time to record
some tunes for longtime friend Dino Cazares' band Asesino. Andreas
even made an appearance on the Roadrunner United album which was a
huge success around the world. Since the release of Sepultura's latest
album 'Dante XXI' the band have been on an up and down roller coaster,
receiving praise by critics around the world, Sepultura hit the road
in support of the album but unfortunately drummer Igor Cavalera announced
to fans that he wasn't going to do the European tour as he wanted
to spend more time with family. Only 24 hours after I conducted this
interview with Andreas, Igor announced that he was leaving Sepultura
so I never got a chance to ask Andreas his thoughts on Igor's decision,
but I did talk with Andreas about touring Australia, the latest killer
Sepultura album 'Dante XXI', Working on the Roadrunner United project,
his work with Asesino and much more. Time to get back to our 'Roots'
with the one and only Andreas Kisser...
Metal Fanatix: First of all, I want
to thank you for taking the time out to answer the following questions
for all of our readers. As a long-time Sepultura fan I am over the
moon to have the opportunity to ask you the following questions mate.
Andreas Kisser: Hi Cameron, no problems
Metal Fanatix: The latest album 'Dante
XXI' is everything I have come to love and expect with Sepultura,
congratulations on a fantastic job. Looking back at the album now
a couple of months on are there anything's you would have changed?
Andreas Kisser: Not at all, I'm very
happy with the final result and live the songs are working great.
Metal Fanatix: I was really impressed
with this album, I believe it showcases some of the best work you
guys have done in years, did you guys approach this album in a different
way to some of the albums you have done in the past?
Andreas Kisser: No, I mean all the albums
are different, but with this one, it was totally influenced by the
book from Dante. It was something different for us, it felt more like
doing a soundtrack for a movie.
Metal Fanatix: For years you guys have
been putting out fantastic albums from 'Beneath The Remains' to 'Arise'
and of course the latest 'Dante XXI'. How do you constantly come up
with new fresh sounding material without falling into the trap a lot
of other bands do by repeating themselves?
Andreas Kisser: By looking forward,
not backwards. We are always trying something new, and the most important
thing is that we love what we do.
Metal Fanatix: What equipment did
you use on the album?
Andreas Kisser: On Dante I used Fender
Strat guitars with double humbucking and floyd rose tremolo bar. Mesa
boogie amps, many different pedals, cold beer [Laughs].
Metal Fanatix: Andreas,
in a few words, tell us the first thing that comes to mind when I
mention the following tracks from 'Dante XXI'
Repeating the Horror Stupidity: of the
human being, not learning with our errors
Crown and Mitter: End of purgatory,
still fast but with a feeling of relief
Buried Words: It's a great song to play
live, simple and direct.
Dark Wood of Error: Fast and evil, it's
the beginning of hell…
Metal Fanatix: Let's talk about your
most recent video 'Convicted in Life' there was some amazing make-up
effects used in the video which I really enjoyed. Take us through
a day on the set of a Sepultura video shoot?
Andreas Kisser: It was only a day to
shoot for the band and the rest was done by computers in post production.
For those who haven't seen the video, tell us the story behind
Andreas Kisser: It deals with the first
part of the trilogy and shows the worst of hell. We wanted to show
the shit we make here on earth and to be more responsible on our acts,
think a little more about the consequences of what we do…respect!
Fanatix: During the eighties I can remember seeing so many
different hard rock and metal videos on our televisions but these
days they are few and far between, Being in a rock/metal band these
days do you feel it is still important to spend so much money making
film clips that don't get anywhere near the airplay they deserve?
Andreas Kisser: It's always important
to express your art it doesn't matter where and how, if you do something
good it will survive.
Fanatix: Andreas I'd like to talk about life on the road; What's
the most ridiculous thing you have ever asked for on a tour rider?
Andreas Kisser: We have never asked
for anything stupid, we only ask for the things we really need.
Metal Fanatix: You
guys recently completed a very successful European tour, how did the
fans react to the new songs?
Andreas Kisser: It was a great tour,
one of the best the fans really reacted very well on the new songs.
The first time I got to witness Sepultura live was back in
1994 on the Chaos A.D. tour, a show I still regard as one of the greatest
I have seen to date. You guys have done many tours over the years.
Is there one tour that stands out above the rest for you?
Andreas Kisser: We did so many tours
and shows it's hard to choose one, but that tour it was very good.
Metal Fanatix: You
have played Australia on a number of occasions, what memories do you
have from your visits here?
Andreas Kisser: I love Australia, it's
a beautiful country with great people, we always had great gigs in
Australia. Too bad it's so far but we have great friends there…
It's been a few years since your last visit, are there any
plans in the works for an Australian tour?
Andreas Kisser: Hopefully by the end
of the year we will be back there.
Metal Fanatix: With a catalogue that
spans over twenty years, how do you come up with the perfect set-list,
you are always going to have fans that will want to hear early songs
& the occasional obscure tracks and every band at least two or
three new songs are thrown into a set. How do you juggle the set to
make everyone happy including yourselves?
Andreas Kisser: We play what we like,
it depends on the tour, and it really depends on how long we get to
play our set. We have to take many things into consideration when
we work on the set.
Metal Fanatix: Do you do anything specific
to warm up and prepare for a show?
Andreas Kisser: I drink cold beer and
the rest comes later [Laughs].
Fanatix: You have performed with many talented artists over
the years. Has these experiences helped to develop the techniques
that you are using today?
Andreas Kisser: Of course! I love to
play with different musicians from different styles, it's a great
Fanatix: Over the years you have shared the stage with so many
fantastic bands such as Sacred Reich, Pantera and most recently In
Flames just to name a few. Who have you enjoyed touring with the most
& can you share a funny story from the tour?
Andreas Kisser: They were all great,
we learn a lot playing with them, but the best for me was the tour
we did with Ozzy Osbourne in 92 with the reunion of black Sabbath
at the end of the tour.
Fanatix: Being a huge soccer fan no doubt you will be glued
to the TV over the next few weeks watching the world cup, Australia
are to take on Brazil, any predictions?
Andreas Kisser: Well the game already
happened and to be honest I expected a lot more from Brazil, but we
won, and that's the important thing. I think Australia still have
a great chance to qualify, they are playing great so far.
Metal Fanatix: Andreas, being
in one of the most influential metal bands of our time, who were you
surprised to learn was a fan of the band?
Andreas Kisser: Dave Grohl from Nirvana
/ Foo Fighters, back in 92 he was using a hat with our tribal "S",
we were very happy to see that.
Metal Fanatix: What's the craziest rumor
you had ever heard about yourself and or the band?
Andreas Kisser: That
I was dead once, that was terrible news for my family, but everything
was fine after a phone call.
Fanatix: Being a member of such a successful band I would imagine
you get asked some pretty weird questions from time to time. What's
the strangest question you have ever been asked?
Kisser: Oh I don't remember, there have been a few.
Metal Fanatix: Over the last twelve
months or so there has been a lot of speculation that Max would be
returning to Sepultura and or there would be some kind of reunion
tour planned. Can you set the record straight for us! Have there been
any talks/meetings taking place where this has been discussed?
Andreas Kisser: Well, I don't talk
with max. I haven't spoken with Max since he left the band back in
96. No reunion right now.
Metal Fanatix: Did it ever cross your
mind that when you joined Sepultura way back when that all these years
later you guys would still be going and influencing kids all over
Kisser: No, not at all, I always had my dreams and we've conquered
so much more than I ever imagined.
Fanatix: If you woke up and decided to stop playing music tomorrow,
what would you be doing?
I'll Be Dead!
Metal Fanatix: I believe you are doing
some work with Dino Cazares' band Asesino? How did you become involved
with this project and what can you tell us about your involvement?
Kisser: I have known Dino for a long time and we met up again
last year on the Roadrunner party. Dino invited me to be a part of
the new Asesino album and so I went to Los Angeles to record some
solos and extra guitars noises, it was great, really brutal and heavy.
Metal Fanatix: I would like
to ask you about the Roadrunner United project. Working with so many
iconic musicians must have been a blast.
Kisser: Yes it was fantastic, it was a lot of work and I saw
some people that I hadn't seen for a long time, it was a blast. Besides
the amount of musician's participating everything went smooth.
Metal Fanatix: Can you see yourself
working on something like that again in the future and maybe taking
it a step further doing a full scale tour?
Kisser: Yes, no doubt! It was a great heavy metal circus, hopefully
they put something like that together.
Fanatix: The Roadrunner album is a great example of some of
the amazing talent the metal industry has produced, showcasing both
old and new artists. In your honest opinion what do you think about
the direction that hard rock & heavy metal music has taken over
the last few years?
This style of music can be mixed with so many different styles
and that's why is still here!
Fanatix: After all these years in the business and tremendous
success what goals have you set for yourself these days?
Andreas Kisser: I have a solo album
that I'm working right now and hopefully it will be ready to release
next year. It's a very different music to what I do in Sepultura and
it will be a new challenge in my career.
Fanatix: No doubt you guys have a mountain of unreleased tracks
covers and demos, are there any plans in the works to release a box
set anytime soon?
Oh I don't know! We've had two different labels in our history
and that's kind of difficult to deal with, but let's see what happens
in the future.
Metal Fanatix: I
am a huge fan of many of the songs you guys have covered over the
years, 'Symptom Of The Universe' to my personal favorite 'Orgasmatron'.
Is there a song you have always wanted to cover but just haven't gotten
around to doing?
Andreas Kisser: There
are many bands that I love, and so many songs I never tried to do
versions of. We have done a lot of covers already, from hardcore to
metal to reggae, anything is possible.
Metal Fanatix: Of all the albums you
have played on in the past, which is your favorite to listen to, is
it even possible to narrow it down to just one?
No, all of them are very important to me as a player and as
Metal Fanatix: I
know that some of you guys are into very different styles of music
to what you play listening to U2, Johnny Cash & The Highwaymen
among others. Tell us something about the other guys in the band that
we may not know!
Andreas Kisser: We
like everything, music is music to us.
Metal Fanatix: Which record/song would
define Andreas Kisser to a complete stranger?
I think Roots is the album I did a lot of different stuff,
from heavy sounds and riffs to acoustic experiences as solo and with
the Brazilian Indian tribe.
Fanatix: There has been so many highlights in your career,
what would you say have been your greatest achievements to date?
Andreas Kisser: To still be here
talking about Sepultura, alive and well.
Fanatix: Mate, what advice would you give to up and coming
Play what you like and fuck the rest, play it loud!
Metal Fanatix: Andreas thank you so
much again for your time today, there is so much more I would love
to speak to you about but I know you guys are very busy. Hopefully
we will see you back in Australia very soon. Do you have any last
words for our readers?
Thank you all, I wish we could talk on the phone because to
write the answers is a pain [laughs]. Hopefully we will be in Australia
soon Thanks for everything.
copy of Sepultura's latest album 'Dante XXI' where all killer metal
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To keep up with all the latest Sepultura and Andreas related news
check out the following websites:
- Official Sepultura Site
- Sepultura MySpace Site
- Dedicated to 40 years of hard rock & metal music
Cameron Edney August, October 2006 Not to be re-printed in any form
without written permission.