Paulo Jr.

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Paulo Jr.
Nova Rock 2014 - Paulo Xisto Pinto Jr..JPG
Paulo Jr. at Nova Rock Festival in 2014
Background information
Birth namePaulo Xisto Pinto Júnior
Also known asPaulo Jr., Paulo Destructor
Born (1969-04-30) 30 April 1969 (age 53)
Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • Bass guitar
  • percussion
  • backing vocals
Years active1983–present

Paulo Xisto Pinto Júnior (born 30 April 1969) is a Brazilian musician best known as the bassist for heavy metal band Sepultura.[1] He joined Sepultura after Roberto Raffan left the band in 1984, becoming Sepultura's second bassist. Although no original members are left in Sepultura, Pinto is the longest remaining member of Sepultura despite never performing on any album until Chaos A.D. (1993).

Early life and influences[edit]

Paulo Jr. was born in Belo Horizonte, where he grew up with two brothers and a younger sister. His father was a lawyer. He received his first bass guitar, a white Giannini, when he was 15. In an interview, Paulo Jr. commended his parents for supporting the band in its early days.

"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."[2]

His influences include Steve Harris, Geddy Lee, Geezer Butler, Cliff Burton and Gene Simmons,[3] though Paulo plays bass with a guitar pick rather than his fingers.



In 1984, Paulo Jr. met the Cavalera brothers in the Santa Teresa neighbourhood of Belo Horizonte through a common friend. He joined Sepultura after the departure of the band's previous bass player, Roberto Raffan. Paulo Jr. played his first concert at the Ideal Club in Santa Teresa.[4] He is their longest serving member. However, while he was a part of the band in their early years and performed live with them, Paulo had not performed on any Sepultura album until Chaos A.D. (1993); Andreas Kisser did both guitar and bass duties on their albums prior to Chaos A.D., except Morbid Visions (1986), which featured Jairo Guedz handling both roles.[5][6][7][8][9]

The Unabomber Files[edit]

In 2009, Paulo Jr. joined with Alan Wallace and André Márcio of Eminence and Vladimir Korg of Chakal to form the band The Unabomber Files.[10] In 2013, the group released a six-song EP and a teaser for the music video of the song "Buried In My Bunker".[11][12]

Guest appearances[edit]

In 2007, Paulo Jr. played bass guitar on Sayowa's second album.[13] In 2013, he made a guest appearance on Eminence's fourth album, The Stalker, providing extra bass accompaniment.[14][15]

Personal life[edit]

Paulo Jr.'s hobbies include jiu jitsu and football. He is an avid supporter of football club Clube Atlético Mineiro.[16][17] He currently lives in São Paulo.

Charity work[edit]

Since 1999, Paulo Jr. 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 spectators were asked to donate a pound of food and the gathered donations were given to local charities.[18][19][20]

In April 2008, Paulo Jr. 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 development of the state of Minas Gerais and the country. The ceremony took place in Ouro Preto, hosted by the then Governor of Minas Gerais, Aécio Neves.[21][22]



The Unabomber Files[edit]

  • 2013: The Unabomber Files

Guest appearances[edit]


  • 2013: The Stalker


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Biography: Sepultura". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 March 2010.
  2. ^ Renato Faria, João (2011). "Paulo Jr., baixista do Sepultura, fala sobre vontade de voltar a morar em BH". Portal UAI.
  3. ^ Maragno, Karla (2009). "Entrevista com Paulo Xisto – SEPULTURA".
  4. ^ Renato Faria, João (2011). "Paulo Jr., baixista do Sepultura, fala sobre vontade de voltar a morar em BH". Portal UAI.
  5. ^ "MAX CAVALERA Says PAULO JR. Didn't Play Bass On Any Early SEPULTURA Recordings". 3 December 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  6. ^ "MAX CAVALERA Talks About Getting 'Kicked Out' Of SEPULTURA, Hanging Out With OZZY OSBOURNE". 16 April 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  7. ^ "SEPULTURA Bassist: Reunion With MAX CAVALERA Would Have To Happen 'Naturally'". 31 January 2020. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  8. ^ "Hall of Fame Countdown: Sepultura's Arise". Decibel. 18 February 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  9. ^ "Sepultura – Morbid Visions". Least Worst Opinion. 4 March 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  10. ^ "SEPULTURA Bassist Joins Forces With EMINENCE, THE MIST Members In THE UNABOMBER FILES". Blabbermouth. 2010.
  11. ^ "SEPULTURA Bassist's THE UNABOMBER FILES: Teaser For 'Buried In My Bunker' Video". Blabbermouth. 2013.
  12. ^ "SEPULTURA Bassist's THE UNABOMBER FILES: Debut EP Available". Blabbermouth. 2013.
  13. ^ "Sepultura's Paulo Xisto Recording with SAYOWA". sayowavideos. YouTube. 2007. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021.
  14. ^ "SEPULTURA Bassist To Guest On New EMINENCE Album". Blabbermouth. 2013.
  15. ^ "Paulo Xisto Recording Bass with Eminence". Eminence Brazil. YouTube. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021.
  16. ^ "Biography of Paulo Jr".
  17. ^ "Bate-bola: Paulo Xisto". tvgaloweb. YouTube. 2010. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021.
  18. ^ "SEPULTURA: Photos From Charity Soccer Game Posted Online". Blabbermouth. 2007.
  19. ^ "Entrevistas jogo das Estrelas TV Alterosa e Grupo Sepultura". momentoonline. YouTube. 2007. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021.
  20. ^ Girotto, Breno (2009). "Sepultura: entrevista com Paulo Xisto no Mondo Metal". Whiplash.Net.
  21. ^ "SEPULTURA Bassist Honored". Blabbermouth. 2008.
  22. ^ "Cerimônia traz homenagem aos 20 anos da Assembléia Constituinte". Agência Minas. 2008. Archived from the original on 21 October 2013.