As the kids grew older, I noticed they were all naturally musical. Richie asked Santa for a microphone when he was 4, long before we knew Max. Dana had a drum kit in his bedroom, growing up through his grade school years and we all know the story of how Zyon's first word was a beat! The music I grew up with was Mom singing Kay-Se Ra, Se Ra, and Cossack drinking songs!!
As the boys grew up, they began to focus on certain abilities, whether it was lyric writing, vocals, drumming, riffing, repairing and/or, organizing. We all say Igor got the best of us...organized and musical, book penning and riffing..both worlds neatly tucked in his brain lobes. They all have the management know how, having been on the road with me for years. Christina is my right hand and consultant, having been on the road and in charge of the production advancement of all my bands and their gigs. When we arrive and everything is sorted already, it is thanks to her! Roxanne was my ATM ( assistant tour manager) in her teen years. She was stuck to me like glue from birth on and settled wth me at most all the gigs. Now, she is heading to law school..which we all need lol!!
Zyon is a master drummer. Max says Z is the only drummer he knows, who never plays the same song the some way twice. Max laughs when others say "oh, I do that too," as he says it's so rare, and not really common at all. I believe Max as all he does is listen to bands and watch live gigs. He is a walking textbook of Metal!! Zyon also has an alter ego...he secretly makes beats. If you are part of his crew you know his various names, but if I spill them here, I will get my ass chewed!! He works hours every day on his beat making and one day, I can see him making it his career.
Richie is the vocalist of Incite (MinusHead Records). You have most likely watched their evolution, as they have toured with Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, Devil Driver and many other great acts! He was always a rebel with his mohawk hair at the age of 3 and it was about this time that he appeared on the cover of Atrophy's Violent By Nature, Roadrunner Record's release. He soaked up the management skills like a sponge and when he isn't on the road with Incite, he is with me, kicking ass and taking names! He also runs our merch on the road and is in charge of the ordering, designs and vending.
Jason is the behind the scenes son. Caring for Joe Nunez was his first road dog gig and since then he has guarded the stage for Zyon, Tony Campos, and Johny Chow. He looks after me with precise care and prefers to stay out of the spotlight. He can fix anything! We also call him the Punisher sometimes as he is not afraid to grind someone!! All of my sons believe solidly in women's rights and they are all protective of me, in all situations.
Igor is the 7th child, the 5th son. When he was born, Dana said he would be the doctor. Multi talented, not only can he write riffs like Max, but he is wise and organized. He is logical and also has the kickass memory some of us inherited from my Mother's Russian ancestors. He reads like a maniac and writes novels like one, too. He started his first book at the age of 15, and you should be seeing it published in the very near future. Killing My Insomnia is the title and also an affliction many of us, in our family, suffer from. We try to put it to good use!
A few years ago, to develop this young talent, I came up with the idea of the Maximum Cavalera Tour. I was surprised by the success of it, to tell the truth! Since we started, we have done over 25 weeks in Europe, the UK and Russia, and countless months in North America. Soulfly, Incite and Lody Kong, growing and raging worldwide for the Tribe's enjoyment!! On the last run in Europe we added a special guest, King Parrot. I plan on doing more runs like this and actually have a super secret idea in mind as I write! Come check us out when we are cruising through your city!