How Derrick Green knew his stay in Sepultura would last a long time
Sepultura’s Derrick Green was the final guest on Full Metal Jackie’s weekend radio show and he talked about how the band got busy in the midst of a pandemic and remembered joining the icons metal for the first time in 1998 and how he knew his tenure would be long.
The well received Quadra The album was released in February 2020, just before the world went into lockdown at the start of the pandemic. Although they couldn’t hit the road in support of the record, the band connected weekly through video meetings, which gave way to jam sessions where they later invited guests to participate. to new recordings of classic Sepultura songs. These sessions have been grouped together in the SepulQuarta album released last year.
Green expressed how much he loved the raw, garage-like feel of remote recordings and that the sessions gave everyone something to look forward to each week.
The conversation also moved to the frontman’s early days in the band and how important it was for him to make personal connections with the band members, as well as being in tune musically as Sepultura s strove to continue their development.
Read the full interview below.
Quadra was released just before the pandemic shut down the world. How will being dormant affect this music when it finally comes to life on stage this year?
We will see. People really had more than enough time to listen to the album. So I’m curious to see the reaction of the public once we can do these songs live. I can not wait to be there. I think it will be a great response and a lot of people are excited about the release of the album. I hope we can have that momentum on stage as well.
SepulQuarta is an album of classic Sepultura songs with collaborations recorded throughout the pandemic. How did the unique experience of playing remotely actually improve these tracks?
The idea came about because we had published Quadra and we wanted to stay in touch with our fan base and also stay in touch as a band. We didn’t know how long the whole lockdown would last, so we had a meeting point every Wednesday and it started with the band communicating with each other, talking online and then blocking out a Sepultura song.
It turned out that other artists and friends of ours were doing Sepultura songs, and then other guests who were part of different organizations, from Sea Shepherd to people with depression. It became something much bigger than we could have imagined and from those recordings we had we decided to make an album out of it.
What was great about it was that everyone was at home and recording, they were really loose and super relaxed. It almost came out like a jam with your friends in a garage. There was no emphasis on the mic at all. It came out very raw and very real.
The positivity that has occurred has really kept many of us united and given us something to look forward to every Wednesday. You get that feeling in those songs and that combination makes it very unique.
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Sepulnation – The studio album 1998-2009 is a new box set that highlights your first decade with Sepultura. What does the chronology of these albums reflect on your growth as a singer and as a person?
It’s really important that everyone has access to the whole story of Sepultura. I know there were a lot of different changes that happened, but that’s part of the story and what makes it so magical. The fact that we are still here today…
When I joined the band, there was definitely a mission for me and the band to really grow as musicians and grow together as bandmates – touring, being in the studio with different producers.
You can really hear that and the changes that are happening within the band, it’s an aspect of the band to really make albums that don’t sound the same. It’s something very natural that happened, but as I said, when I joined the band, they had already developed a very strong history. I needed my time to do it.
With the box you can really hear the evolution and solidarity that has happened over time. Every album is super important to show growth and show how important every album was to us at the point where we are today.
Musically and culturally, you are a worldly person. How has having a perspective from around the world benefited you artistically?
It’s really something that started very young. My mother was a music teacher and I was open to a lot of different styles of music from an early age. My mother sang in a church, led a choir, played the piano and studied classical music. So at home I was hearing a lot of classical and a lot of gospel and then I got into a lot of jazz and slowly moved into rock and then underground hardcore and punk rock. I grew up in that scene and a lot of hardcore and punk rock shows had that attitude.
Being in that scene really helped me develop a very open mind and with that open mind I was able to really appreciate good music in general and not really put labels on things or try to box everything in in a certain category. I let it all flow and I’m glad I was put through that and not been put in such a closed environment where I couldn’t witness a lot of the great music playing there.
After joining Sepultura, what was the moment that allowed you to consider the long career you finally had with the band?
On my first trip to Brazil, when I went to audition and got to meet the band members, it was really important to have that connection as people and get along as friends. I used to play with friends I grew up with and jam with them – that’s how my music career started playing live music.
Once I got to meet them and everything seemed to work that way, I knew we could really pursue a career and grow from there. I spent a few weeks in Brazil and after the first week I knew there was something really bubbling, really happening.
Once back in New York, where I was living at the time, I knew I really wanted to be in the band more than anything after meeting them, their family and being in Brazil and being part of that culture for a such period. short period of time. It made the prospect of being in the band even stronger because I really went in with an open mind – if I get along with the guys, that’s the first step and I got on really well with them. Once it happened, I knew a lot could be done.
Thanks to Derrick Green for the interview. Get your copy of Sepultura’s ‘Quadra’ here and ‘SepulQuarta’ here and follow the group on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Spotify. Find out where you can hear Full Metal Jackie’s weekend radio show here.
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