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An Interview With Marc Rizzo Of Soulfly And Cavalera Conspiracy

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Recently, I had the opportunity to conduct an interview with Marc Rizzo. For those who aren't familiar, Marc is the guitarist of both Soulfly and Cavalera Conspiracy, and he also was a guitarist in Ill Niño until 2003. During our interview, Rizzo was promoting his current U.S. solo tour and his new album "Legionnaire," which is in stores now. You can check out Marc's interview below the jump.

Mike(Corrosivemind): Are you doing anything new for your set-up for this solo tour? 

Marc: Yes, we're coming out heavy and only playing the heavy, electric, tunes. The kids are really digging it and it's been going over really well. For our next tour we'll play some more of the acoustic stuff, though.

CorrosiveMind: Is there any reason you skipped Philadelphia or your home state of New Jersey for this tour?

Marc: We'll hopefully be playing Philly or Jersey in late winter/early spring. I think I kind of over-worked my area for now. So, we're trying to get out there and play the rest of the country.

CorrosiveMind: Does "Legionnaire" have songs that fans of your previous albums wouldn't expect?

Marc: "Legionnaire" is much more mature than my previous records. It's a really big step forward. We've spent a lot of time working on tone, melody and new and creative ideas.

CorrosiveMind: During previous tours you've done covers of some old-school Sepultura and even Soulfly tracks. I read you're doing covers during this tour, are you doing covers of other bands, aside from Soulfly and Sepultura this time around?

Marc: It depends on the crowd. If it seems to be more of a guitar crowd we'll play more instrumental, original, tracks. If I can sense the kids are trying to slam-dance I'll throw in some covers with vocals, too.

CorrosiveMind: As a pretty young guy, how does it feel to have accomplished playing in a few of the bigger bands in metal as well as having a successful solo career?

Marc: I'm very proud of what I've accomplished thus far. I'm no where close to where I want to be as a guitar player and as a solo artist, though.

CorrosiveMind: Who would you say was your biggest musical influence?

Marc: That's too tough to answer...there's so many. I guess, just, all of the greats.

CorrosiveMind: I've heard you were known to eat a whole jar of peanut butter and hard-boiled eggs to get excess protein for workouts...is that true?

Marc: Yeah, I don't know why but that's up on Wikipedia from what I've heard. (laughs) Who cares what I eat?!

CorrosiveMind: I noticed you've been sans-backpack on stage for quite a while...what was the deal with the backpack anyway?

Marc: The backpack was just a backpack; no big deal. (laughs) Again, though, who cares.

CorrosiveMind: Do you feel like your solo work is as well-received as you'd like?

Marc: Yeah, I think people are digging my solo stuff. It's great to have people coming out to the shows and to hear they're digging it. Especially because I never even expected to tour for this project!

CorrosiveMind: Is flamenco more fun to play for you than a normal acoustic or even electric style?

Marc: Flamenco is very fun to play but it's extremely difficult. I always like it to be known that I'm a fan and study flamenco but I'm not a flamenco player yet (laughs) That stuff is crazy hard to play!

CorrosiveMind: You always seem to be recording, doing tours or even producing. Do you think you're a workaholic?

Marc: Yeah, I'm a workaholic but you have to be in these days; no matter what your career.  So, it's best to love what you do for a living.

CorrosiveMind: How do you keep yourself humble? I met you during your last solo tour at The Grape Street Pub in Manayunk/Philly. You and I spoke for almost a half an hour about music. That's rare these days and also pretty cool.

Marc: If I'm humble it's because I didn't get into music to be a rockstar. I love playing music, period. I'm lucky to be able to do this for a living. I think real musicians are humbled by their music. Rockstars aren't in it for the music.

CorrosiveMind: What's it like working with Max and Igor (Cavalera)?

Marc: Working with Max and Igor is a dream come true! I'm really lucky to be in Cavalera Conspiracy and Soulfly!

CorrosiveMind: You guys (Cavalera Conspiracy) have a new album coming out soon, any plans for possibly doing a summer tour to help promote the album?

Marc: Yes, the new record is coming out soon but we're not sure where we'll tour first.

CorrosiveMind: Does the new Cavalera Conspiracy album sound any different from the first album "Inflikted"? 

Marc: The new CC record is definitely heavier and has a lot more shredding guitar work. I'm really excited about it!

CorrosiveMind: Does Soulfly plan on doing a new album in the next year or two?

Marc: Yes, I've heard we will do a new Soulfly album later this year! I cant wait!

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