Interview With Nyroh From Al-Ce-Mi
Whittier, California's Al-Ce-MI are an unsigned punk/metal act that are going to have their debut EP recorded by pretty much the best in the business in Ryan Green (Bad Religion, NOFX, Nerf Herder, The Dickies) and I can't wait to hear the results they come up with. I got some Q&A in recently with their bassist, Nyroh.
Rocket: So are you originally from Whittier, California?
Nyroh: No. I was born outside of Detroit, MI. I arrived here in the L.A. area bay way of San Diego - by way of Camp Pendleton. Between moving around a lot as a kid, and my time in the military. I have gone completely around the world!
Rocket: When did you first start playing bass?
Nyroh: I first started playing bass when I was 19, but I became obsessed with it when I was 21. I wish that I had started much, much earlier, but, oh well. It is still the only thing that has kept my attention. I am still completely obsessed with playing bass.
Rocket: That's totally killer, man. Better late than never. Did you ever take any lessons?
Nyroh: No, I just jammed with whoever I could for several years, almost non-stop. If you had a guitar, I was bringing my bass over and we were jammin'. Whatever you wanted to play, I would play. It allowed me to develop my own style while exposing myself to a wide variety of influences.
Rocket: What kind of bass are you playing live and in the studio?
Nyroh: I play an Ernie Ball Musicman Sterling live, and I will be taking it with to the studio coming up here in a week or two. I'm pretty hooked on the active electronics and I'm spoiled with how nice the neck is.
Rocket: What kind of amp rig?
Nyroh: I play through an Ampeg SVT6PRO with an older Peavey 2x15. I love the amp, and the speakers have done quite nicely, but I want to replace them with and Ampeg 8x10 soon.
Rocket: Do you play with a pick or your fingers?
Nyroh: I play exclusively with my fingers. I feel that I can get a much larger variety of tones with my fingers, depending on how I strike or pluck the string. Also, picks feel cumbersome to me.
Rocket: Who are some of your biggest bass playing influences past or present?
Nyroh: First and foremost: John Paul Jones - the classic rock bassist, with heavy supplements of Geezer Butler comprised my early listening library. Flea is also a big influence for me.
Rocket: Right on. Three of my all-time faves. What's the funniest thing that's ever happened to you on the stage?
Nyroh: My strap came unbuttoned on the last song of a set at the Whisky and the only way to keep playing was to get parrallell with the stage, you know. like, lay down, so I just kind of started freaking out, like I was supposed to be doing this. The funny thing was I was talking smack on the previous band, who had one of their members go down to the floor freaking out! A little instant karma, I suppose.
Rocket: Yeah, that bad karma will always come back to get yah. Tell me, what's been your favorite metal album for 2006?
Nyroh: I don't know if it's considered metal, but Tool's new album, 10,000 Days is my favorite album of the last 10 years! After it came out, I didn't listen to anything else for the next 2 1/2 months!
Rocket: Do you ever answer your fan mail on MySpace?
Nyroh: Oh, yeah, all the time!! If you send me messages on MySpace, I promise I will answere them!!
Rocket: What are some of the upcoming shows for Al-Ce-Mi?
Nyroh: Look for us to start playing a heavy rotation of shows in the Southern California area beginning in the next month or two.
Rocket: Yeah, I know you guys are off soon to record the new album in Arizona with Ryan Greene so thanks for chilling with me, bro. Best of luck to you and the rest of Al-Ce-Mi on all of that. Give a shoutout to your biggest supporters.
Nyroh: Thanks to Gaelen for the photos, and thanks to Jason Brunk (formerly of My Ruin) for introducing us to our new drummer, Brian Scott! And of course thanks to our core followers who catch every show we do, we love you guys!!!
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