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Thursday, August 1, 2013

GROWING UP ON THE ROAD!!!

By the time the stork left Igor with us, we were zooming around the world at a hectic pace. There was always a concert, a video, a meeting, an interview. Max and I decided at the start of Zyon's life that we would work at our marriage and raising a family. We would survive the drama and the many tests. We would grow a tribe.
Sleepy Igor
Igor was only a few months old when he hit the road with us. We bought him his protective headphones at K-Mart in the gun section. They worked very well on Zyon's many road trips. Igor was even featured on the cover of Belgium's TV Guide Magazine, in an article about ear protection at rock concerts!!


Max and I decided to start traveling on our own bus about this time. We had a large group with 7 children and their toys and didn't want to be in the way. We only did this when it was summer and everyone was out of school. In the US, our driver, Buddy McKensie was our favorite driver. Buddy drove us for 18 years and was a family member to us all. The first time we met him, he pulled up with a bus bunk converted into a baby bed for Zyon! With Igor's birth, we knew to expect a personalized bunk for him too!


Working mom!

Igor was inseparable from Max and me. At the age of 3, Zyon was not impressed with the road life and asked to enroll in preschool. Igor, on the other hand, had to be pried out of our hands on the first day of school. He was loving the road life and all that came with it. He never grew tired of the action, the many people, the endless shows.
At home with the Fam

Igor accompanied us to nearly every recording since Roots was recorded in Malibu at Indigo Ranch. He went to every video shoot we did! The trait that set him apart was the fact he was always reading and carrying a book around with him. Once we even went to a State Fair and he walked with a book, reading it in between the rides! We did not expect him to become a musician.
On location recording Roots

Kids sleeping while I work work work!!
Prophecy video shoot, Monument Valley, Utah
When Igor was 13, he stopped reading and got in a small bit of trouble in school. I grounded him and what did he do??? He jumped on the practice drums in the living room and drummed his frustration right out of him! I could tell immediately there was something unusual about his style. He had the most precise timing I had ever heard! I saw him pick up the drums, guitar and bass and play them all. We began to notice that the organized intellectual was also carrying the blood of a serious art form in his veins.

I was quite shocked when Igor informed me he was drumming Troops of Doom in Paris on the first Cavalera Conspiracy tour. He went on to play the song at every show for the rest of the tour. I am sure you have seen the legendary footage of him drumming in his red shirt, hat backward and barely able to see above the drum kit. The "Igor Jr." footage has over a million views!
Iggor, Igor, Max

Joey Nugent, Igor, Paul Grey from Slipknot RIP, Max
Forming Moldbreaker with his brother, Zyon, at the age of 15, the band morphed into the current lineup of Lody Kong, a powerful, avant gard band with a uniqueness like no other.


Igor does have a secret identity and we hear this person type typing away at all hours of the day and night. Something we have yet to discover is being incubated in that room....
Class dismissed....