Paulo Jr.

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Paulo Jr.
Metalmania 2007 - Sepultura - Paulo Xisto Pinto Junior 01.jpg
Paulo Jr. during Sepultura concert on Metalmania 2007 festival in Katowice, Poland
Background information
Birth name Paulo Xisto Pinto Junior
Also known as Paulo Destructor
Born (1969-04-30) 30 April 1969 (age 45)
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Genres Groove metal, thrash metal, death metal, alternative metal
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Bass guitar, percussion
Years active 1985–present
Labels Cogumelo, New Renaissance, Roadrunner, Steamhammer, Nuclear Blast
Associated acts Sepultura, The Unabomber Files
Website www.sepultura.com, myspace.com/unabomberfiles

Paulo Jr. (born Paulo Xisto Pinto, Jr. on April 30, 1969 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil) is the bassist of the Brazilian heavy metal band Sepultura.[1] He has been present in the band since 1985, making him the longest remaining member of Sepultura. He received his first bass guitar, a white Giannini, when he was fifteen. His influences include Steve Harris, Geddy Lee, Geezer Butler, Cliff Burton and Gene Simmons.[2]

Career[edit]

Sepultura[edit]

Main article Sepultura.

In 1984, Xisto met the Cavalera brothers in the neighbourhood of Santa Teresa in Belo Horizonte through a common friend. In 1985, he joined Sepultura after the tumultuous departure of the band's previous bass player, Roberto Raffan. Xisto played his first concert at the Ideal Club in Santa Teresa.[3]

The Unabomber Files[edit]

In 2009, Xisto joined forces with Alan Wallace and André Márcio of Eminence and Vladimir Korg of Chakal to form the band The Unabomber Files.[4] In 2013, the group released a six-song EP and a teaser for the music video of the song "Buried In My Bunker".[5][6]

Guest work[edit]

In 2007, Xisto played bass on Sayowa's second album.[7] In 2013, he made a guest appearance on Eminence's fourth album "The Stalker" , providing extra bass accompaniment.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Xisto Pinto Jr. at Nova Rock Festival 2014

Xisto grew up with 3 siblings, two brothers and a younger sister. His father was a lawyer. In an interview Xisto commended his parents for supporting the band in its early beginnings.

"The support of the parents was one of the keys to our success. We had an empty room and my parents not only lent the space, but also the car to carry the equipment and made lunch for everyone when we were rehearsing."[10]

His hobbies include Jiu Jitsu and football. He is an avid supporter of the football club Clube Atlético Mineiro.[11][12]

Charity work[edit]

Since 1999, Xisto has organised a series of annual football charity games between former Brazilian players, television artists, musicians and the band members. The games took place at the Estádio Municipal Castor Cifuentes in Nova Lima, Brazil, near Belo Horizonte. The attendants were asked to donate a pound of food and the gathered donations were given to local charities.[13][14][15]

On April 2008, Xisto was decorated with the Medalha da Inconfidência. This decoration was created in 1952 by the former Brazilian President Juscelino Kubitschek to pay homage to individuals who contributed in the developement of the state of Minas Gerais and the country. The solemnity took place in Ouro Preto under the host of the then Governor of Minas Gerais, Aécio Neves.[16][17]

Equipment[edit]

Basses[edit]

  • Zon Legacy 5 strings and Sonus 5 strings
  • Fender 5 strings custom Shop

Amplifiers and Cabinets[edit]

  • Mesa Boogie Triaxis pre-amps modified for bass
  • Meteoro heads 1600
  • SansAmp RB-1 pre amps
  • SWR heads
  • Rocktron intellifects
  • Meteoro MPX bass drive & direct
  • Crown 2400 power amp
  • Two Ampeg 8x10 cabinets
  • Meteoro 8x10 cabinets
  • Megoliath 8x10 cabinets

Effects and Accessories[edit]

  • Cry Baby Bass wah
  • DOD effects
  • Fender and DR strings (050-130 and 045-125)
  • Fender and Tecniforte cables

Discography[edit]

Sepultura

The Unabomber Files

  • 2013 - The Unabomber Files

Guest Session[edit]

Eminence

  • 2013 - The Stalker

References[edit]

Sepultura, Under Siege, 1991 The All Blacks B.V.