Virtual Festivals conducted an interview with guitarist Andreas Kisser of Brazilian/American metallers SEPULTURA at this year’s edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival, which is being held August 9-12 at Catton Park, Derbyshire in the United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked if SEPULTURA would consider covering a Justin Bieber song if they were offered a million pounds, Andreas replied without hesitation, “Yes. [laughs] We’re not scared. We’re not scared of music — indepdently of the style or the quality. SEPULTURA did cover songs from, of course, the metal bands like [BLACK] SABBATH and everything else, and MOTÖRHEAD, and hardcore bands like DISCHARGE and DEAD KENNEDYS and stuff. We did Bob Marley, we did U2, we did JANE’S ADDICTION… We did so many different stuff that it would be a great challenge for us, actually.”
He added, “I cannot really imagine [SEPULTURA doing a cover version of a song like Justin Bieber‘s ‘Baby’] because I don’t really know his music. [laughs] I would have to do [some] research and see where we can find something. But, yeah, I think that’s the beauty of music itself. I think the best covers are the not, let’s say, ‘expectable’ covers. I mean, SEPULTURA doing SABBATH is very expectable, but if you do something very different and you come up with something new, I think that’s why a cover needs to be done.”
SEPULTURA played its first show with new drummer Eloy Casagrande (GLÓRIA, ANDRÉ MATOS) on November 25, 2011 in Lichtenfels, Germany.
Casagrande joined SEPULTURA as the replacement for Jean Dolabella, who left the band because he could no longer handle being away from home for long periods of time.
Eloy is a 21-year-old drum prodigy from São Paulo, Brazil who won the Modern Drummer “Undiscovered Drummer” contest as a teenager in 2006.
Dolabella left SEPULTURA after a five-year run of relentless touring and two studio albums. He joined SEPULTURA in 2006 following the departure of the band’s original drummer, Igor Cavalera.
SEPULTURA is touring in support of its 12th studio album, and Nuclear Blast Records debut, “Kairos”, which hit stores in July 2011.