Machines of Death -- The Complete Interviews
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Flea Association
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My Morning Jacket's Tom Blankenship
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The New Golden Age Of Metal, The Complete Interviews
3/9/2010 1:05:00 PM

Yes, there really is a cartoon character on the cover of the April 2010 issue of Bass Player. But that’s no ordinary animated dude; it’s William Murderface of the quantruple- platinum, über-brutal metal band Dethklok, an act so big that their record sales can affect the economies of major Western countries for good or ill.

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William Murderface Of Dethklok
3/9/2010 12:00:00 PM

You can’t put into words what I do. It’s like asking Robert DeNiro how to act, or why George Burns was a comedy genius. I mean, we’ve just got the goods. There’s no secret formula. And I’m sure all the sad struggling bassists out there will read this hoping for the secret to being an amazing bass player like me, and there isn’t one and then they’ll kill themselves.

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Steve DiGiorgio, Extreme Metal Session Ace
3/9/2010 11:45:00 AM

 I just gradually became this “session player.” I love it. I don't care what it's called, I'm just so happy to just plug in and jam with somebody else. ‘Cause everyone has killer ideas, no matter what level of musician or what age of band they are, there's always something new and killer about playing with someone different, and as long as they keep giving me the chance to keep doing it, I'll keep doing it.

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Sharlee D’angelo of Arch Enemy
3/9/2010 11:30:00 AM

I think it’s great actually that people are getting interested in musicianship as such again – especially the guitar players, you’d be amazed by how fast they are, and their technique and everything. And some of them, you give them a few more years and I think someone will probably come up with stuff even better. So I think it’s a good thing. People start out playing a lot of technical stuff and then after a while they’ll probably slow down a little bit and just use whatever musical abilities they have to go to the next level.

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Ryan Martinie of Mudvayne
3/9/2010 10:30:00 AM

 It's the relationship. It's not about how good or how fast or how many inversions I can play. It's the relationship that my parts bear to the other things that are happening within the song and whether it's musical or not, whether it serves a purpose or not.

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Nate Newton of Converge
3/9/2010 9:45:00 AM

When I joined the band, we were actually a five-piece, and we had two guitarists, and so when we became a four-piece, I then had try to compensate at least for the sound of a guitar being there, so I started playing with a lot more distortion than I had before. And then using two amps certainly added to that. Also, I didn't start out as a bass player, I started out as a guitarist, and I basically started playing bass because Converge needed a bassist to go on tour with them one summer.

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Liam Wilson of The Dillinger Escape Plan
3/9/2010 9:20:00 AM

 I’ve always loved to cop the Jaco punk-jazz stuff or like, you know, fusion-metal or something like that. I really abhor the whole sub-categorizing thing, but I definitely feel like my band is a mix of like really fusion-y stuff, really metal stuff, thrashier metal stuff, and a little bit of melodic pop, poppier sensibility, [with a] kind of punk attitude? I don’t know.

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John Campbell of Lamb Of God
3/9/2010 9:05:00 AM

 Honestly, I never saw the bass and was like, “I’m going to play bass.” I had friends [and] the opportunity to play music came up…they had a house with stuff set up, and I was playing my friend’s drums with his roommates and the bass playin’ roommate took off for the summer. My friends whose drums they were was like, “Hey, why don’t you just let me play my drums and you can play Mike’s bass rig.” And that was when I was 18, and that’s how I ended up playing bass.

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Jeroen Paul Thesseling of Obscura
3/9/2010 8:50:00 AM

Maybe the reason why the bass work sounds a little different than on most metal albums, and death metal albums, is because I [was] working with Pestilence in the early 90s. And I was recording bass for their fourth album, Spheres. And at that time, the metal scene was totally not open-minded at all. We were very much into fusion and jazz, and we had this idea for a different direction and, actually, those guys gave me carte blanche – they gave me all the space I needed to put my own stamp on the album. So bass was, first of all, very audible on the record. But also, it was my first chance in death metal to put my own stamp on a death metal production.

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Dan Briggs of Between The Buried and Me
3/9/2010 8:45:00 AM

As far as when we’re writing, we approach every song differently, but it's always just starting somewhere and not knowing exactly where the song is gonna go. Someone might have a part pre-written that is some sort of down tempo, boom-chuck-type thing, or a piano thing, and we'll be like “oh, that's cool” and it'll spark ideas for how to get there and how to get out of it.

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Chris Beattie of Hatebreed
3/9/2010 8:40:00 AM

I don’t want to be overly aggressive, but I like to have a clean tone so you can hear every note, like defined individually, but I like to dirty it up so it’s in the mix where it’s almost like a guitar but it has a lot of bottom to it. I like balls, and the definition. Those are my key things.

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Byron Stroud of Fear Factory
3/9/2010 8:30:00 AM

I find a lot bass players – especially [bassists who] played with Devin before me – they're like guitar players that play bass, or just come along and start playing bass. I think I brought a different thought process to it. I came in as a bass player, and musically that's about it. But I bring in a lot of [the] business side of things too. A lot of bands, especially with Strapping, didn't have any kind of business direction, and I came on board and definitely helped with that.

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