Friday, October 6, 2017


1997 was a year of awakening. It didn't happen overnight. It took everything we could dig up, every last puff of faith, to motivate. I was in the middle of an intense investigation and Max was brooding; we had our share of shocks. The family needed attending to..Igor developed juvenile diabetes and the ship was filling with water. It was the dawn before the rebirth.

One day, Max came out of the bedroom and began carting gear in. It definitely caught my attention! Speakers and drum machine, mics, cords, and before long, a big stack of guitars in the hallway. He went in and soon enough, he was calling me to hear his songs. Eye For An Eye was first, with the classic lyrics....not the ones on Soulfly 1. Primitive and Tribe soon filled the hollow air in our home. Judas, Loser, No, on and on, track after track, it all came together!

Once again, we flew to NYC, to meet with Cees Wessels and Monte Conner, songs safe with Max. It didn't take much convincing. The music spoke for itself! Max returned home refreshed and I returned home with a badass deal for 5 LPS! No band, band members, band name or gear...but a solid deal. It worked! They could see the vision that was laid out. That was 20 years ago. Next year will be the 20th Anniversary of the release of Soulfly 1 and Max intends to Bring Da Shit to his Tribe!

The boys were so young then., Richie was stepping into Dana's shoes as my my Number One Son...the one who helps, consoles and takes charge. The rest of us were all just trying to get back to normal. It wasn't easy. But that music!!! That music carried away the pain to its permanent location in our hearts. It gave us strength to carry on. No Hope No Fear! Pain with Chino and Grady...both friends of Dana's. Everything was linked. There was no turning back!

Many of you have been with us since these days and you helped us more than you will each ever know. The Tribe that Max once told me we would have is a solid reality and it's the biggest in the world! It spans continents, oceans and forests. It grows every single day! And all we can do is bring the music to you! Our Tribe is Your Tribe!

Class dismissed!!