1. For the first question we want to know when
did you start to play the bass guitar? Was it easy for you to learn
I actually started to play the guitar, I was about 13
when I saw Gene Simmons on some TV show and it made me want to switch to
bass. I wanted to breathe fire and fly with bat wings on stage. I was
pretty much begging my dad every day to buy me a bass, he eventually
bought me a little Fender Mustang bass. I started taking lessons and
figuring out how to play the music that was played on the radio. I donít
really remember this part, but when I run into people that were around
then, they tell me I always had a bass with me or I was always
practicing. I was not one of those people where things came easy,
some people do it once and they get it right off the bat. I worked my
ass off, practiced all day and night and took lessons. Once itís in my
head it doesnít leave Ė so I guess itís a trade off. Plus, I became very
passionate about playing, and you cant help yourself but to do it all
the time, when you have passion.
2. Playing on the bass for you isÖ Hobby? Job?
When Iím sitting at home a hobby, in the studio or at
rehearsal itís a job or responsibility, when Iím on stage or on tour
itís a lifestyle. I always tell people, getting paid to do your hobby
for a living is the ultimate reward!
3. Who is your musical inspiration among bassists?
I had so many different inspirations through out the years
(many different musicians, bands and styles of music). I like all kinds
of music and I am not one of those guys who is snowed in listening to
just metal and screw the rest type (laughter). Like I mentioned, the
initial trigger for me to switch to bass was seeing Gene Simmons on TV
so I got heavy into Kiss, then all the 80ís bands, Judas Priest, Iron
Maiden, guitar gods like Schenker and Blackmore. I got into a lot of
classical music and for a period of time a lot of the instrumental metal
music (mainly through Shrapnel records and Mike Varneyís huge catalog of
4. Do you play any other musical instruments? If you start to learn
another one which would you like?
I write songs on guitar. I always regret not learning the piano
on a deeper level. Itís never too late to learn something new of course,
but everytime I sit down wanting to practice the piano the phone rings
or I get pulled elsewhere. So, obviously Ė my passion to do it is not
there one hundred percent. Perhaps one day!
5. Musical instrument with which you can be associated with isÖ
6. Tell us about the projects in which you participate?
Longtime bass player with Lizzy Borden, x-Lynch Mob and a bunch
more stuff, to long to brag about here. I am playing bass on Dario
Lorinaís (Black Label Society) latest instrumental CD (out on Shrapnel
records, you can find it
here) it has a ton of cool shredding on it if you
are into that. Also my old solo CD āLegacyí was re-released digitally
with bonus tracks and I just found out it on the Top 100 N1M metal
Charts, which is mind blowling but it feels awesome. It can be found
7. What do you feel on live performances? How friendly and open are you
with your fans?
Itís amazing playing live. I like looking out and seeing the
fans smiling, singing along knowing that our music is putting them in a
happy place, even if just for a couple of hours. Make them forget about
the issues and problem we all face in our daily lives. With Lizzy Borden
we always do a meet and greet after every show (for free!!) like a
gesture to thank the fans and we try and make sure everybody get their
stuff signed. We just played in Russia and we went to the Red Square
after the show with a ton of fans, something I will always remember, it
was awesome. The fans are everything!
8. What do you like except music? Can you imagine yourself in other
areas of life?
I am a
pretty normal guy aside from my music. I like hanging out with my
friends, good dinners and wine, interesting conversations, watching
hockey and motorcycles. I often think about where to go from here and
what to do after my touring/playing days. So far Iíve got nothing, music
is my life..
9. Maybe other bass players or those who start to learn bass are reading
this article now. Letís talk about technical stuff. Which brand do you
prefer? Does quality of music depend on the guitarís brand or of the
skill of the bass player?
ESP Bass guitars and have been playing them since I was 18, I have some
Fenders and a few other basses but ESP is the company I am loyal to and
play in the studio and live. I feel their products are superior,
reliable and they provide great customer service. They have not let me
down in 20 years so why switch.
is always a plus (laughter) but I think its part of a bigger question,
and itís a tricky question. Why? Well, because so much can be created
and fixed in the studio now-days. I recorded in situations where the
producer goes: ĄOK play a verse, play the pre chorus and a Chorus, OK
DONE!Ē I am like, what? He copies and paste them in (fly in the parts in
the song) and bam itís done. I am definitely not use to work like that
but with the technology moving so fast itís the way of the future.
10. And the last question is about your musical dreams and plans. What
are you planning for the future? What are you dreaming about? What
should we wish for you?
We are currently finishing up the Lizzy Borden 30th
Anniversary, we have played in places like South Korea, South America,
U.S.A., Europe and Russia, itís been a crazy last couple of years and
there are still many countries I would like to see and play in. I am
still waiting for Blackmore or Schenker to call me (Laughing) some
things havenít changed since I was 14 years old.
wise there as are still many bands and musicians I would like to play
with. Some have already died, but since you asked me about my dreams. In
other aspects of life I have the same daily issues as you do, we all do.
I try to do my best in whatever I do. I hope we all can figure out a way
to live on this planet in harmony, wishing people the opportunity to
have a happy life without poverty and health issues. Yes it sounds like
a Facebook post.