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Cristian Machado before a show in 2011
|Birth name||Cristian Machado|
July 23, 1974 |
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
|Genres||Heavy metal, latin metal, metalcore, nu metal, alternative metal|
|Instruments||Vocals, bass guitar|
|Labels||Victory, Cement Shoes, Roadrunner|
|Associated acts||Soulfly, Merauder, Ill Niño, 40 Below Summer, Ankla, Deftones, Spineshank, Machine Head, Deteriorot, Headclamp|
Cristian Machado (born July 23, 1974 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is the vocalist for the heavy metal band Ill Niño and was a lead singer for Roadrunner United. He has also played in Headclamp and La Familia, in addition to making numerous guest appearances on albums such as Sepultura's Nation, Soulfly's 3 and 40 Below Summer's The Mourning After.
Cristian Machado was born as the son of a Brazilian musician, but soon moved to Venezuela with his mother. In 1986 they moved to New Jersey where he spent the rest of his teens. He only knew his father, Marcello Machado, halfway through his teenage years. His mother told him his stepfather was his father, and he found out only when his father called him, and told him he was his real father. Cristian Machado told his father he did not want to see him. Today, however, he communicates with his father through e-mail and phone.
Most of Cristian Machado's music influence is from his childhood without a father and growing up realizing that. Even when touring he would meet people that he felt left an impact on his life and he would show in his music how that person helped or ruined his life. The songs "Unframed" and "How Can I Live" are both about his father.
Cristian Machado uses Dave Williams of Drowning Pool's microphone. They were good friends and both bands created a bond and friendship while doing the Jägermeister tour. After Williams died, Drowning Pool and Dave's family gave him the mic in respect.