because its really not about style of dress or how much makeup you’re wearing.It’s state of spirit and being, I believe.”The actress in “Got Monsters,” who represents Caputo’s subconscious sex (female) is unlike traditional metal music video vixens: “We loved her because she was really natural and there was pretty much nothing really girly about her.
Her dad overdosed on heroin in 2002; her mother OD’d when she was still an infant.
“Even though they were never around, they literally they showed me how to live my life and to create bliss out of any tragic situation which is pretty much my way.” She knew she was different before she even hit puberty.
“When I was like 8 or 9 years old I started cross dressing.
I used to go through my aunt’s drawers when nobody was home and I used to steal her lingerie.” Raised by strict grandparents (“If I came home with dyed red hair, I’d get the shit kicked out of me, literally, so me coming out to my grandparents — it was never happening.”), Caputo first thought she was a gay man, experimenting with men and hanging out at transsexual bars“I really didn’t even know the word transgender back then.
There may be other transgender heavy metal musicians — Cretin singer Marissa Martinez in the U.
S., From Metal to Maternal stage star Jade Starr in Australia — but none as high profile as Mina Caputo.
Once known as Keith Caputo, the front-person for the popular rock band Life of Agony, Mina Caputo shocked heavy metal fans when bloggers and magazines around the globe picked up on her transition this summer. ) got the facts wrong and they were, says Caputo, a little late.“I came out technically three years ago.
I kind of thought it was funny,” she says of the flood of attention she got this summer, especially “in the metal world, which I came from when I was like 19.
I was in a very hard-edged, male pseudo angry kind of punk rock metal kind of band. Most people know me from that I guess, but I’ve also been doing solo albums for 10 years.”The irony of being the first high profile heavy metal musician to come out isn’t lost on Caputo, who has been making very non-metal music in the last decade.
Her latest video, for “Got Monsters,” is Niko Bikialo’s 11-minute docu-opus in which Caputo and an alter-ego struggling with identity.
“We didn’t want to make it a cliché coming out story,” she says.