“If you try only one, get ‘The number of the beast’ by Iron Maiden.”
What happened to Ungodly?
“Gradually things began to slow down. In the world market it was not easy to be a heavy metal band, even though in Brazil it was still massive. So we talked a little bit and wound things back. I began doing some things with my family and that’s when I decided to do a few rallies to have fun. In the end we stopped the band in 2008 because there was no time for heavy metal anymore. So now I just listen, not play. Maybe in the future we could try again, but I’m not sure I’m fast enough today on the guitar.”
What was your highlight of the time with the band?
“For sure the shows we did with Slayer. That was incredible. We played to full venues of about 8,000 people. They were totally packed, nice places and the fans were very responsive to us. Slayer fans are known for being loyal, but they seemed to like our music.”
You look different with black racing overalls instead of black leather gear. What happened to the hair?
“Actually I cut it off before I left the band. It’s a different look in the WRC but I still have the tattoos. The one on my right arm has a demon with flames and poison - all good heavy metal stuff.”
How does the thrill of performing on stage compare to driving your MINI World Rally Car?
“It’s different. But the feeling you have in your stomach is the same. The main difference is that in a rally car you are not alone, and as the driver you have to be careful. In rallying you have to look out for your own safety and also that of your co-driver. Okay in the band we weren’t playing alone, but it was more relaxed. Rally driving is more serious. In the band we would drink a lot of beer after playing - but at the end of a rally day you can’t just open a bottle of whisky.”