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Incite. Richie Cavalera

Incite. Richie Cavalera

Monday March 16th, 2009. Bucharest, Sports Arena.

Richie Cavalera Interview. INCITE

MANY THANKS TO THE PHOENIX FOUNDATION FOR THEIR SUPPORT in helping CZB with this interview.

Event Line-up:

    • Soulfly (promoting their recent Conquest album)
    • Incite (promoting their image for the upcoming debut album)
    • Truda (promoting their recent Taraf Nation album)

I was in the two-story bus. It was huge. I stepped out of the makeshift kitchen, down a small flight of stairs, into a short hallway am climbed up another small flight of stairs into the Family Room, which resembled a crammed Romanian sports-bar, decorated with style. I had just finished interviewing Max Cavalera and was going to talk to his step-son, Richie, who leads the Arizona Power-Metal band, Incite.

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Richie Cavalera (Incite): I’m gonna smoke. Do you mind?

Rick, for Clickzoombytes (CZB): No, not at all.

CZB: I work with the band opening here tonight, Truda

Richie Cavalera (Incite): This is awesome. Anyone that helps support the music scene is part of the family.

CZB: I’d like you to have their debut DVD album. Piracy is high here, so the band thought that they might be able to beat the system by releasing music videos to all the songs in DVD format, instead of just recording a regular downloadable audio music album. They also have the songs in mp3 format.

Richie Cavalera (Incite): That’s a good idea! A really good idea. So, it’s all just music videos? That’s very smart, trying to sell CD’s again!

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CZB: I checked out the internet to look for information aboutINCITE and the first page I found is called Women of Color Against Violence, who also call themselves INCITE.

Richie Cavalera (Incite): Yea, that’s a Woman’s Rights Group from America. There are a lot of things out there with that name. When I first heard it, I thought it was a strong name and I felt like using that for the band. I wanted a word that people knew already, not some made up, created name that no one can say, that no one knows what it means. I felt it was a good title for this band – and the kind of music we’re putting out there.

CZB: If I go to Arizona, what is the best time of year to visit, and what do you like to do most there?

Richie Cavalera (Incite): I would go there between September and December. It’s so beautiful, the weather is 70-80 degrees (Fahrenheit, which is like 22-30 Celsius); no rain. It’s pretty amazing. We suffer the heat there for these couple of months of the year, when it’s just perfect. It’s one of the best places, I think, in the world, weather-wise and environment-wise … that’s very laid back. There are a lot of old people, a lot of golf courses, resorts. So, it’s like, not my scene of people but it allows us to make good music because there’s nothing to do but play music, you know. And the music scene there is shit. No one goes out to support the underground music; no one is helping out the bands. We’ve been forced to tour and that is what brings us to Europe now. What I would do is go camping, fishing, have a good time, get drunk, have a good time listening to music and fish, hang out with the gang. That’s what I like to do.

CZB: What was your relationship to your father when he was concentrating on the music and you were still a child?

Richie Cavalera (Incite): It was weird at first because I didn’t have a father until I was 10 years old. That’s when Max came into my life. He was a big thing to have at that age; a big influence on my life and how I grew up – and having such a strong mom was huge as well. She is one of the most amazing people in the world – and that really led me to feel to deal with them being gone for so long, you know my mom (Gloria) would almost constantly write home and send postcards. Max would add on little P.S.’s. That was really good for us. We’d go out on tours as much as we could; we’d go out and see Sepultura on tour, but most of it overall was pretty easy. To me it all felt normal. None of it felt any different to me. That’s why I chose music in my life, just for what it was like for me growing up around it.

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CZB: So, Gloria, the tour manager is your mother and you are a child from her first marriage? I’m just double-checking, because I couldn’t find anything about that on the internet. I was a little confused about it.

Richie Cavalera (Incite): Yes, and she managed a small punk bar in Arizona in the really early 90’s like with Sacred Reich and Flotsam and Jetsam andAtrophy, early metal bands – and that was part of my early music line, you know, growing up in a metal bar, always being around bands and having them stay at the house. It was really a crazy environment to grow up in and I cherish it because it made me who I am and we love touring and we love music so much.

CZB: Do you think you’d have the chance to tour and have all these gigs if you weren’t Cavalera’s son?

Richie Cavalera (Incite): Of course not, because first of all no one would take a band out on the road that doesn’t have an album out. We only have an EP that we sell at shows. The band’s been around for about five years, but a breakup and bringing in new members about two years ago has affected us. (It’s because of that) the last two years it’s been hard to find a record label to bite into what we’re doing. We came out here (in Europe) and not a lot of people knew who we were. The crowd reactions that we’re getting is mind-boggling for me because people are just craving for a new kind of music, because most people don’t know that I’m Max’s son and people will find that out after the shows, when they look up stuff about us on the internet and I think it’s cool because they’re getting drawn in by the music and that’s one big part because I know that if we sucked, Max wouldn’t help us and he wouldn’t put us on his tours because you don’t want your tours to be bad. We’ve come out every night trying to be better than Soulfly. What our goal is every night is to crush whoever is in our path and we feel that we’ve found our own path. You know, last night in Bulgaria is the largest crowd that we’ve had, 3,000 plus kids. We walked out there and the first song through we felt like we just owned the building. It was really unbelievable. I just love the music and to have it coming out like this is really very cool.

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CZB: You’ve been on the road now since January? Is it hard to be a rock star?

Richie Cavalera (Incite): Yes, January 27th. It is very hard but I’ve worked at gas stations, supermarkets, car washes, anywhere, just to pay the bills – and jobs are all very, very hard – but you don’t get to have fun and it’s the same thing every day, having a boss kicking you around, telling you what to do, you get the same pay check. Out here it’s all unknown, every day is unknown. You don’t know if you’re gonna make enough money to eat tonight, you don’t know if you’re gonna make enough money to pay for a hotel room and pay the gas. It’s tough on your body physically, I mean your back and your neck and your legs – doing 48 shows in 48 days is pretty nuts. We haven’t done anything like this. our longest tour was 25 shows with 4 days off in that tour. This is no days off. It’s physically exhausting but when it comes to showtime, you’re like brand new and then after the show you’re all beat up and hurt. It feels like you just got in a fight. …but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world, no doubt about it.

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CZB: how old are the guys in the band? Zak Solafy, Dis and Luis Marrufo?

Richie Cavalera (Incite): Yes. They are all 24; I’m the youngest. I’m 23. we all came from different backgrounds. The first Incite line-up was like we were all friends and it just didn’t work. There was fighting, everybody hated each other … now that I brought in people from outside of the family, it made things a lot easier. They are a lot more fun, a lot more appreciative of being on a tour like this and that’s what makes a person in a band really cool: if they’re appreciative and not expecting of things. I think that’s what these guys are really cool about and I enjoy being on stage with them every minute. I’ll give everything I have for them – like I hope they do for me. We have a real good bond.

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CZB: Some critics have considered your music “in your face metal” and you have songs called You Should Kill Yourself and Murder. Why the violent image?

R: I’ve had a pretty violent life. I’ve had my brother pass away at a very young age; I’ve had an uncle die of cancer; my youngest nephew, my godson, passed away at nine months old. It’s all just been a lot of downs. Brother dying … six months later, Sepultura breaks up. There are just constantly things that ARE THERE. And for long periods in my life I’ve been very pissed off. I’ve been very down in parts of my life and now I’m having a personal high and I think a lot of it is seeing so many different places in the world, seeing how different people treat each other, seeing attitudes the world has. Just the poverty and violence, just accumulates, into what I think about life and what I think about in my lyrics and it’s really NOT ALL I’m going to talk about BUT probably a lot of what Incite IS.

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CZB: What’s your view on terrorism?

R: I think it’s kind of a new way of saying Communism to me. It was a way like in the 50’s America described Communism and blaming people for no apparent reason and arresting people just for considering them to be Communists. That’s what terrorism is trying to be, as well, for America.

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CZB: Would you fight America’s wars if you got drafted or would you move to Canada till the war would be over?

R: I would fight for my country. That would be the proper thing to do.

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CZB: Getting back to music, what is it like to play to an audience that’s never heard your music before?

RIncite to me, if you could live through it, would be like a shock and a blast to your face. It’s so intense when we start, people are just sitting down there, with their arms crossed. They don’t know what’s going to happen. They’re just thinking it’s another crap band that Soulfly is bringing on tour. We make sure that you’re fucking dead by the end of that show. It’s a 30 minute blast that it takes time for you to comprehend. You will be thinking after the show like, “was that real?”. I really see that shit and that’s what we want. We want to see people blown away. We will put 120% of our energy into our show every night and there’s no bullshit about it. It’s fun, it’s lights, speakers and a lot of Metal. It’s going to be real fucking cool tonight. I’m excited by this big ass building also, so let’s rock it!

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CZB: When is the debut album coming out?

R: May 1st we’re gonna go in and record the album. We will pay for it ourselves and if everything goes right, we’ll release it Worldwide in October. I hope it will be produced by Logan Madder in L.A. (who was Machinehead’s guitarist, who was Soulfly’s second guitarist), who did the Cavalera Conspiracy album as well as the brand new Gojira record. I think he has a bone crushing, in your face, sound that we would work good with. If everything works out, we hope to have the album out at the end of summer, or else we’re going to start killing people.

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Interview conceived by: RiCo

16.MAR.2009

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THE BAND

Incite was formed in Phoenix, Arizona at the end of 2004. Incite landed on five U.S tours over the next three years with bands like SoulflyDillinger Escape Plan and Cradle of Filth to name a few. The riffs are dirty and so is the vocalist’s language; the crowd loves it.

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THE DEMOS

  • Murder (demo, 2006) was recorded at the Saltmine Recording Studio in Mesa AZ, which has done work for bands likeMegadethKornSoulfly, and Ministry just to name a few. It was engineered by John Grey and produced byIncite.
  • Divided We Fail (first official EP, 2008) was recorded at Villain Recording in Phoenix, AZ, and working with co-producer/engineer Aaron LamanIncite brings a more old school trash approach to the new music.

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Interview conceived by: RiCo

First posted on: 24.APR.2009

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Line-up 2013

(guitarist Kevin Dis McAllister is no longer with the band)

  • Richie Cavalera
  • Gene Macazan
  • Luis Marrufo
  • Zak Solafy

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