Interview With Killing Of Mind's Tony D'Orazio
Formed in 2002, Santa Rosa, California's Killing Of Mind consists of Paul Nieblas on vocals, Niall Mulcahy on drums, Russell Mederios on guitar/vocals and Tony D'Orazio rounds out the talented lineup on bass/backup vocals. They have been playing their local scene hard and steady, making a big splash now on Myspace and generally seem to be moving in the right direction. Citing key influences such as Unearth, 3 inches of blood, Killswitch Engage and Soil Work, Killing Of Mind has a tight grasp on working hard at defining their music right now and really have all the potential in the world to make it far in the music game. I recently got in front of their bass player, Tony D'Orazio to learn more.
Rocket: Are you originally from Santa Rosa?
Tony: No, I was born in San Bruno, CA.. I've lived in Santa Rosa for the last 20 years.
Rocket: When did you first start playing the bass guitar?
Tony: I started playing bass about 7 years ago.
Rocket: Right on. Who are a few of your biggest bass playing influences?
Tony: MIKE D from Killswitch Engage, and Clint Norris from As I Lay Dying!! Those guys are sick as hell!!
Rocket: They can lay it down for certain. What kind of basses are you playing on?
Tony: I have 2 bass guitars right now!
1. Fernandez four-string- GRAVITY 4 DELUXE/BLACK!!!
2. Signature Tom Aryou four-string
Rocket: What kind of amp rig?
Tony: I use an AMPEG pre-amp, with a NADY power-amp.. My cab is a 4-12 BASSON!! On the floor, I have my Sure wireless/Bose-Distortion/Bose-Digital Delay/Bose-Noise Suppresser, and the sexy digital tuner!!
Rocket: Sounds killer. Do you play with a pick or your fingers?
Tony: I play with a pick. I believe I get a fucking ballzy sound with a pick!
Rocket: Yeah, sure it can be achieved that way. How does the songwriting process work exactly for Killing of Mind? I know as a bass player myself, that many times that song came from a bass line I was jamming on.
Tony: I actually mess around on my guitar before I bring something to my bass.
Rocket: Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue does that. Seems to be a solid way of doing things. Ha! so who are some of the other un-signed Santa Rosa metal bands that you've seen live or played with that have earned your respect?
Tony: Exposure, and Boston Auto... both bands are broken up, but I believe they were very good with what they did!
Rocket: Man, I tell yeah... bands come ad go ike the breeze. What's your favorite metal album for 2006 so far?
Tony: Inflames: Come Clarity.
Rocket: Yeah, that is a popular one this year. What are some of you upcoming shows that we need to be aware of?
Tony: June 28th at the last day saloon in santa rosa!! more info on@ www.myspace.com/killingofmind.net
Rocket: Listen, thank so much for taking time out with me. Give a shout out to your biggest supporters.
Tony: THE VP's!!!!, Paul, Russell, Niall!! Much love to others! You know who you are!
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