Interview - Roy
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Sam: How was recording
this last album different from the previous one?
Roy: "The difference was, this time
we just kinda went to the studio and recorded everything
right then and there, didn't do any pre-production. Me and
Max come up with stuff, the other guys come up with stuff
together, it depends on the songs. Some of the songs we did
together, some songs we didn't, it's different".
Sam: Any different types of percussion
this time around?
Roy: "I mean I didn't get to play too
much of it, I played some of it, and I used pretty much
the same shit, congas, I played a snake charmer flute at
the end of one song."
Sean: I don't know her name off hand,
but did you guys bring that singer along with you? No? It
was just for that one tour?
Roy: "Yeah, well, she didn't really
come out for the whole tour, it was for a few shows here
and there. This time it's just the band".
Sean: It was just really interesting
seeing a metal band trying to open it up a little more than
just straight metal.
Roy: "Well, I mean...heh, heh I can't
comment on that. It was kinda hard to do that at first,
because the crowd doesn't go for R&B singers coming out
at a metal show, but Max kinda wants to go against the
grain a bit, so, that's cool, I'll back him up."
Sam: You guys ever consider bringing
guests from other albums out on the road?
Roy: "Well, it depends, there's alot
of people that were on our records that are in bands too,
so they are off doing their thing, so it's impossible
unless we're like on tour with that band that was on our
record, then we could do it. The guy from Il Nino, we can
never do that song unless he's around. I like to do that
song, but we can't. Chino, same thing, we've been doing
the songs without him anyway, the songs that Chino is on."
Sean: Actually, that was the next
question I was going to ask you, is that the reason there
were less guests on this album, because it's harder to
do the songs that have...?
Roy: "That, and the fact that he
wanted to make this album just...the band. I think the
next album will probably be even less, just the band. I
prefer it just the band. I figure the less guests, the
more we can play."
Sean: How was your stint with Medication?
Roy: "It was cool, I that for a couple
years on and off, and um, I just decided that I didn't
think the band was really me musically. Great band, I
love what they do, but I'd much rather play more
percussive stuff. I'm pretty much a founding menber of
this band, I wasn't a founding member of Medication, so,
this band personally has more of my stamp drumming-wise
than Medication does. I'm able to do more things in this
band than I could do in that band."
Sam: Did you know Max long before
the whole split happened and he formed Soulfly?
Roy: "Yeah, I knew him for a bit,
I met him actually 11 years ago, so I've known him on
and off for 11 years. He used to be a fan of a band I
used to be in, this band called Nausea, it's an old punk
rock, New York punk, Discharge thrash band. That's what
we looked, and sounded, and breathed like you know what
I mean? Same political kinda vibe. So he was really into
that, I got to know him through that. I lost touch with
him for a bit, then I met up with him again when I was in
Shelter, I was on Roadrunner, he was on Roadrunner. I
did a remix for Sepultura years ago.."
Sam: Which song?
Roy: "'Refuse/Resist', Chaos B.C.,
it's on the album now, they've re-released it. It's on
the Third Wolrd Chaos video."