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Interview With DZL of Lofat

Brickhouse Recording's growing underground metal sensation, Lofat from Norfolk, Virginia is a band on the serious rise. They have kept busy on tour and are working toward completing the highly anticipated new material of the fat. They seem to have really won over quite a few new fans via Myspace so far. I enjoy this band so much I think because they do metal with a fresh approach, a bit quirky at times, while mixing in a lot of the straight ahead old school hardcore punk/thrash sound. Roaches is their debut video that you can checkout on their site as well -- it's totally killer from my perspective. I have always said they had an immediate star in Simon on guitar... and the rest of the boys aren't chop liver themselves. Ha! But Simon on lead guitar for Lofat and Jenna from Southern Cross, who sounds like Dime's little sister, oh man...lol. They are both something else on the scene right now. Such great talent. Well, I tracked down Lofat's bassist DZL to answer some questions on how the low end is being held for the fat.

Rocket: I understand you just recently landed sponsorship with Peavey, bro. Tell us more about that.

DZL: When I first started playing, Peavey back then was an affordable luxury!! All I had was a Peavey 100 w/multi-use head and a Peavey 115 cab "1- 15 inch speaker" I have basically stayed with Peavey amps and or speakers since, do to their durability. It only made sense to go with what has worked best for me.

Rocket: When did you first start playing the bass guitar?

DZL: Ok, I admit it , I always wanted to be a Dime, Kirt, Mustane and yes, a SIMON. I am a failed guitarist. But , though I can't play a 6, I felt back (1986 ) then, the 4 ( now 5 ) string was my calling.

Rocket: That is really cool to hear. Who are a few of your biggest bass playing influences?

DZL:.1. Eddie Jackson (Queensryche) 2. Rex Brown (Pantera) 3. Sean Yseult (White Zombie)

Rocket: What kind of basses are you playing on? Give us the models and specs.

DZL: I have chosen: Ibanez BTB 5 ( My wife gave me ) and Ibanez 4 Sound Gear 89"model.

Rocket: Right on. What kind of amp rig?

DZL: Ampeg Br2 rack head into 2 -10 inch Peavey Scorpions, Bi amped to a 2500 Qsc Power amp to 2 - 18 inch Black Widows.

Rocket: Gotta love the Ampeg. All the bad asses play Ampegs, right? Ha! Do you play with a pick or your fingers?

DZL: When I need to get my point across (D-Z9,F.I.D. , Recycle) I use my Hotpicks Monster skull picks. And when I want people to feel the groove and the power of the chorus I use me 5 digits... (Roaches, Last Good By , etc...)

Rocket: Do you ever have any say in Lofat's songwriting process? I know as a bass player myself, that many times that song came from a bass line I was jamming on.

DZL: I have 100 % of the songwriting control as does my other 3 band mates... and also 5% if I am over ruled...most of the time a rif or song is constructed I listen to it over an over and try to write a similar or diffrent rif to blend with the original.

Rocket: Got yah. Who are some of the other un-signed metal bands in that area you've seen live or played with that have earned your respect?

DZL: Killfast, Hellaback, Sol Tribe, Saint Diablo, Endchain, Coldcast, Epoxy, Chaos Theory And Those We Were Drunk with.. But NOT Forgotten.

Rocket: What's the funniest thing that's happened to you on the stage?

DZL: My daughter (14) was on stage when we opened for Powerman 5000 (400 + people) With her back to the crowd, I said look at all the people behind you, she did, the people screamed ... she turned red, almost shit her pants and quickley walked offstage... sorry thats all I got.

Rocket: Alrighty then. I was expecting something a bit more David Lee Roth or even Sid Vicious, but that was a pretty funny story. So what's your favorite metal album for 2006 so far?

DZL: Static X , Mudvayne, Rebel Meets Rebel.

Rocket: I think the only one that was new out of those was Rebel Meets Rebel. Killer album. We do this for Dimebag. One thousand percent. So what are some of your upcoming shows that we need to be aware of?

DZL: Nebraska show, Woodstock of Hardcore Ny, more Florida. shows at the end of summer .

Rocket: Thanks for sharing time, brother DZL. Give a shout out to your biggest supporters.

DZL: Thank you METAL DEN, my wife and 2 kids, Peavey, Coffin Case, Sam Ash, Hot Picks, All the My Space Freaks, Brickhouse Records,Thunder Arrow Tattos rich va., Fabian Rush , WRXL 102 X for playing our new songs.

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