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Max Cavalera Admits Stealing Sepultura’s First Microphone from Another Band


During a recent conversation with Hardcore Humanism, vocalist-guitarist Max Cavalera revealed how he stole the first microphone of Sepultura from a pop band in the past.

As with every musical group, Sepultura did not start its career from the top. While gradually gaining recognition, the band faced some difficulties at the beginning of its career.

As the band’s founder and former frontman revealed in a recent conversation, they made a plan to steal the microphone from a pop band. The founding member explained that he jumped the stage, took the microphone, put it in his pants, and left. This microphone was their first one, as the rocker said.

“You know, even our first microphone that I got, it was like, there was a whole plan. We made a whole plan to see a pop band at a free show in the city, and we went, ‘this is the plan. When it’s dark on the stage, one of you motherf*ckers launches me on the stage. I’ll jump and grab the mic, put it in my pants, and jump back in the crowd,” Cavalera shared.

“And it f*cking worked, man. I f*cking jumped in, grabbed the mic, stuffed it in my pants, jumped back, and we were gone. ‘Alright, we got a mic.’ You know, ‘Thank you, pop band.’ We got our first microphone, man. We had to do sh*t like that to survive.”

The group has since impacted genres such as nu-metal, thrash metal, and hardcore punk with their various albums like ‘Morbid Visions,’ ‘Beneath the Remains,’ and ‘Arise.’

You can listen to the entire conversation below.

Ash Burnett

Hailing from Chicago, IL - Ash made his break into journalism at the age of 23 writing music reviews for a local website. Now in his late 30's and after being pulled closer towards the technical side of the music and live gig industry, he founded Shout4Music to write thorough microphone reviews.

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