Sevenstring.org Interview: Dino Cazares

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  1. Chris

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    <div align="right"><img src="http://www.sevenstring.org/newsimages/dc/dino_header.gif" alt="Dino Cazares" />
    <b>Interview: Dino Cazares of Divine Heresy</b>
    <i><font size="1">By Rick Windsor</font></i>
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    <img style="padding:20px;" align="left" src="http://www.sevenstring.org/newsimages/dc/4.jpg" alt="Dino Cazares" /><span class="ivorange">Rick</span>: Dino, we really appreciate you taking the time to do this. With you being my idol, it's a bit more special to me so, thanks again.

    <span class="ivred">Dino Cazares</span>: Thanks for having me. I think it's cool to answer questions people have for me.

    <span class="ivorange">Rick</span>: Well, let's get started. How did you get started in music?

    <span class="ivred">DC</span>: I started getting into music when I was 14, 15 years old, I started playing acoustic guitar and playing typical stuff like AC/DC and Black Sabbath. When I got older around 15 or 16, I got an electric and started playing stuff like Metallica and Def Leppard and progressed from there; I started learning the downstrokes from Metallica and the triple picking from Slayer. Then when I was 17, I moved to Los Angeles and started playing with bands in LA. I met Raymond when I was 21, he was 17 and the rest is history.

    <span class="ivorange">Rick</span>: What kind of approach do you have with songwriting?

    <span class="ivred">DC</span>: It depends. For instance, with my new band Divine Heresy, it's mostly me and our drummer Tim Yeung. He'll come up with a cool beat and I'll say, "that's pretty good" and I'll write something with that. Or we'll just use a killer riff to write something. Mostly, it starts with a riff but it all goes hand in hand. I personally prefer to use a live drummer to write as opposed to a drum machine because I can really feel it. But once in a while, I'll use the drum machine.

    <span class="ivorange">Rick</span>: What's your favorite Asesino song to play live?

    <span class="ivred">DC</span>: The whole album. (laughs) It has really cool death metal and thrash metal riffs that I've compiled from the past and put all together. Just try to make it as extreme as possible. Somewhat simple, but fast.

    <span class="ivorange">Rick</span>: What got you interested in the 8 string?

    <span class="ivred">DC</span>: Way back when I started, I was using a 6 string tuned to B. But when you tune down like that, it starts to sound muddy and you need thicker strings. So when Ibanez approached me with the 7 string, it was a natural progression for me. The string tension was better and it can handle the lower tunings. So when the 8 string came out, I was like "Perfect". I use the 8 string on the Asesino record "Cristo Satanico" and on the new Divine Heresy album as well. One of the cool things is that it handles the really low tunings. Also the necks are smaller so I can handle it because I have smaller hands.

    <span class="ivorange">Rick</span>: Let's talk about gear for a little while. What's your setup looking like these days?

    <span class="ivred">DC</span>: I have a couple of old school Marshalls that I like a lot, I have a Peavey 5150, I use an Ibanez tubescreamer which helps give me a little extra bite, I have Mesa Boogie Triple Recitifer cabinets, I have Marshall 1960 reissue 25 watt greenback cabinets, I have Ibanez cabs and the Thermion head, I have lots of Line 6 stuff: the Flextone 1, Flextone 2, POD Pro, POD PRO XT; I have 2 Mesa Boogie power amps, I have 14 different Ibanez guitars, including 2 8 strings. No 6 strings at all. <img style="padding:20px;" align="right" src="http://www.sevenstring.org/newsimages/dc/1.jpg" alt="Dino Cazares" />

    <span class="ivorange">Rick</span>: Wow.

    <span class="ivred">DC</span>: I also have an old 10 string acoustic. A friend found it for me and I picked it up and I started using it; it'll be on the new record as well.

    <span class="ivorange">Rick</span>: What's your live rig gonna look like?

    <span class="ivred">DC</span>: Good question. That's something that I'll have to build soon. When I started doing this record, I used the 5150 and a Marshall JCM800 so I don't know what it'll be but I'll have to have a whole new rack built because we'll be doing some shows in July and August. Before, I'd take out the Line 6 stuff because it would fit on the rack nicely but I want to change it up a little bit and flip flop between different sounds. On the Asesino record, it was all Marshall but for the Divine Heresy record, I've combined a bunch of stuff. I'll let you know what it'll be once I get in going.

    <span class="ivorange">Rick</span>: Awesome! Well, speaking of the JCM800, I heard that Chevelle had their gear stolen in Dallas recently and I thought of when Fear Factory had their stuff stolen in 1999.

    <span class="ivred">DC</span>: Yeah, they stole our U-Haul truck. It was our stuff, System of a Down's stuff, and Spineshank's stuff. Over a million dollars in gear. The one thing that was priceless to me was the JCM800 that was modded. It was my tone and it wasn't gonna change. I shouldn't have brought it on the road, I should have just left in the studio. We had a few leads from investigators but nothing was ever recovered. They stole 6 of my 7 strings. The JCM being stolen was the main thing that really hurt. I've had to try so many different things to get my tone back.

    <span class="ivorange">Rick</span>: What kind of mods were done to the JCM800?

    <span class="ivred">DC</span>: It was a pull knob that had some extra gain to it. It was sort of like an overdrive pedal. Not overly saturated, but enough to give it a real clean crunch and that's what I liked about it. I used it all the way up until Obsolete.

    <span class="ivorange">Rick</span>: Then you switched to Line 6 for Digimortal.

    <span class="ivred">DC</span>: Yeah, it was kind of like a quick fix for me.

    <span class="ivorange">Rick</span>: Can you talk about the Blackout pickup you're working on with Seymour Duncan?

    <img style="padding:20px;" align="left" src="http://www.sevenstring.org/newsimages/dc/2.jpg" alt="Dino Cazares Seymour Duncan Pickup" /><span class="ivred">DC</span>: Yeah, there's gonna be two different 7 string versions. Phase 1 is the standard "Dimarzio" size pickup that will fit any guitar, no routing necessary. Now, for those people who bought the EMG and had to do the routing for the 707 pickup, Phase 2 will be for those EMG users. I know a lot of people who are gonna love it. They completely blow the 707 away. It gives me really nice tonality and I was able to use it on the Divine Heresy record in time. We will debut some music on our myspace page very soon, so go check out the site at MySpace.com - DIVINE HERESY (New CD in Stores Now) - Los Angeles/New York - Metal / Metal / Metal - www.myspace.com/divineheresyband.

    <span class="ivorange">Rick</span>: I'm very proud to say that I was friend #92 for you guys.

    <span class="ivred">DC</span>: (laughs) Very cool! I've been searching for the perfect tone and I'm so proud of this pickup.

    <span class="ivorange">Rick</span>: When will it be available?

    <span class="ivred">DC</span>: July/August. It'll also be available in a 6 string version.

    <span class="ivorange">Rick</span>: Well, I don't really know any 6 string players.

    <span class="ivred">DC</span>: (laughs) Neither do I!

    <span class="ivorange">Rick</span>: By any chance, will we ever see an Ibanez Dino Cazares signature edition? I'll be first in line to buy one! <img style="padding:20px;" align="right" src="http://www.sevenstring.org/newsimages/dc/3.jpg" alt="Dino Cazares" />

    <span class="ivred">DC</span>: We've had discussions about it before, I'm just very happy to be with Ibanez. Unfortunately, you have to sell millions and millions and millions of records to get a signature series guitar. I've been offered by other companies to have a signature edition but no one else makes 7 strings like Ibanez. I'd rather be with a company that will give me full access to a custom shop than have a signature series.

    <span class="ivorange">Rick</span>: Finally, last question for you. Can I have one of your guitars?

    <span class="ivred">DC</span>: (laughs) All of my guitars are LA Custom Shop guitars and it would be really hard for me to give one away. You can try and steal one but you might get shot.

    <span class="ivorange">Rick</span>:That's okay, thanks anyway! Dino, thank you so much for doing this!

    <span class="ivred">DC</span>: Thank you for having me!

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    <a href="http://www.myspace.com/dinocazares" target="_BLANK"><span class="ivred">Dino Cazares on MySpace</span></a> - <a href="http://www.myspace.com/divineheresyband" target="_BLANK"><span class="ivred">Divine Heresy on MySpace</span></a>
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    Ok everyone gather around.... Group hug bitchez. We got our standard size active 7 stirng pickups. I for one, am throwing a party.
     
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    good interview rick, thanks chris
     
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    "Blows the 707 away" huh? Sounds interesting! NICE INTERVIEW TOO! :metal:
     
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    wewt regular size actives ftw
     
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    I love where he says the Duncan pickup will be DiMarzio sized. :lol: Cool interview.
     
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    Nice interview, maybe I'll try some actives in one of my sevens now :yesway:
     
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    Awesome, That was cool of him to do this interview :]
     
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    Rick, you'r the shit, and Dino it's my god!

    When dino came here he talked with a friend, about guitars, and the said that the 7 strings custom shop Schecter were the shit, i think that he need to get a Schecter Dino Cazares Signature.
     
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    Cool interview. :yesway:
     
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    That was great. Been waitin for that for a while. Thanks Rick W., ya made my day.

    Dino is the man. I love everything he does.

    Maybe Dino will give ya another interview in the semi-distant future? Or, better yet, just post here from time to time.

    :hbang:
     
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    Thanks so much guys. I had a lot of fun doing it and I'm glad you all enjoyed it. :hbang:
     
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    simply awesome! thanks rick for doing it!
     
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    Deemed true. Dino is unique and amazing. I will buy his new band's CD without hesitation. Good job Rick.
     
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    :metal: Been looking forward to this for a while.
     
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    Awesome Interview !!!!!!
     
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    That ruled! I wonder if the blackouts slay harder than the M7 supposedly does.
     
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    I deem this interview supreme. :lol:

    The album is finished, it will be released August/September and it will be called Bleed The Fifth. I'm supposed to call Dino back today and I'll try and find out when the songs will be posted on their myspace page.
     
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    What do you know? Our collective bitching on the Duncan forums actually wrought results!
     
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    "Bleed the Fifth". ?!??!?!? That's awesome.... A title definitely worthy of the "why didn't I think of that" category.
     

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