Entrevista con Dino Cazares (Fear Factory) / Interview with Dino Cazares

Entrevista con Dino Cazares (Fear Factory) / Interview with Dino Cazares

[Applause] hello hello how are you now good how are you doing yeah all good good thank you so obviously the reason this interview is to talk about the new album uh magnesium continue so it is finally out this this new album after all after many years and all the story behind do you feel some kind of relief that nowadays finally the album is out 100 uh i definitely do feel a sense of um you know definitely happiness you know i’ve been celebrating for the past two weeks very happy that this record finally came out um i’m glad i got the opportunity to go back and add some things that can make this record go to the next level as far as the production side you know adding live drums you know things like that um i’m just happy that it finally after all the turmoil that we i went through just to get it out i’m happy that you know everyone’s finally gonna get to hear it yeah and did you think perhaps there was a moment that this album was never going to be out or were you always 100 sure is it well my lifetime i i didn’t lose faith i did not lose faith or hope you know that this record was not going to come out um i knew it was going to come out one way or another you know i mean whether it was going to be called fear factory or not called fear factory i knew it was going to come out the music was at least going to come out and even though that you knew that barton was not going to be in the band anymore have you ever thought perhaps or re-record the album with another singer or never all it was also like um did you just leave it like this just a like a closure album of an era well we uh there was definitely discussion about removing his vocals for sure um but the label thought it was best to leave his his vocals on there and i agreed and we went ahead and uh executed that idea and obviously that’s what you hear now this is also like sounds like an end of an era right as well yeah you know for you know yeah for everybody involved it just felt like you know this is um this is definitely his swan song this is uh his last album and you know we look forward to moving forward forward and seeing what the next chapter holds for us yeah indeed um if i’m not wrong this is finished somewhere around 2017 um and and the drums were re-recorded but did some there were some changes from 17 until until now in the iphone or pretty much remain the same um there’s no there’s been some changes definitely for sure in the production side of it um and actually the performance side as well um you know adding the drums the live drums was definitely a big uh game changer on this record definitely add more dynamics um more powerful uh and it had a lot more feel to it than than the previous version um so definitely adding that and you know you know collaborating with different keyboards keyboard has made a difference um getting our old uh keyboardist you know to appear on the record even though it was for a little bit he was able to do something on the record mr reese fulber um you know i was able to get uh andy steve back who mixed g nexus he makes this record which came out great i got damien reynolds who’s been working with the band for a long time i got him on the record as far as the production side um yeah every all all the stars aligned you know uh in 2020 when i was able to uh regain the trademark and move forward with making this record sound as best as it could be um we definitely went back in and re-amped the guitars and to make them sound bigger heavier more powerful you know adding um you know adding a little bit more attack to the guitars you know made a big difference so very happy that i had the opportunity to do that i guess that working with andy is like a having a winning card in your hand yeah andy’s an a-list mixer he’s one of those guys that just knows how to how to approach that type of sound for us and i’m glad i got to use them for this for this new album and perhaps a new stage was a perhaps tori campus the new the or the the newer musician involved also in the composition now he was not involved in the composition because he was too busy with his other band static x but you know tony’s been in the band tony’s been working with the band for a few years now uh unfortunately he is just our live bass player at the moment okay um so now that the album was out uh some some weeks ago how do you find the responses of the people the prayers the reaction uh the response has been amazing i’ve been really surprised how well that that people you know perceive this record to be up there with one of the with the top two or top three albums of our catalog you know we do this is our tenth studio record yep um you know a lot of people compare it to obsolete or deep manufacture or mechanized i think it’s great that people are sitting there and like trying to figure out you know the the vibe of the record but um you know i think energy the energy of this record is very positive and i think that even though it’s very aggressive and and it sometimes could be very dystopian but that’s pretty much what people expect from our records you know and um i believe that we were able to bring all those elements that we’ve done over the years and plus new elements to make this record amazing and uh people feel it people like it yeah so i think that then there was not only anxiety in your side but also in the fans and the press to listen to the new album and you can you can see that in the reactions well you can definitely feel what we are feeling on this record for sure you know what i mean the the passion the emotion and the struggle that we put into this to get this record as you hear it you know you hear it in in the music and you hear it in the lyrics and people are you know identifying with that and they’re really connecting with it and it’s i think it’s amazing um i think the record is so good that people some people look for a reason not to like it so yeah people sometimes it’s not easy right yeah but you were talking about the music the lyrics that feel very connected and the song record has a part with the it starts with the world we know has suffered from the system we once know you and there is also some parts perhaps it is like a situation of the band reflects this song the situation of the band it could you know it it could mean that a lot of a lot of the stuff i added uh you know in 2020 like for instance the intro the record the outro the record uh the intro to aggression continuum um there’s a lot of things a lot of elements that i added later on um but yeah i mean maybe maybe that’s how it is but it’s more of like a more of a conceptual thing than necessarily a personal thing you know um but the end of the record the fear is the mind killer uh once the fear is gone only i remain that’s more of a personal thing that’s more of like you know cuz i’m trying to prepare people for the change there’s going to be change in this in this band you know there’s going to be a new singer so that’s going to be a big difference for a lot of the fans who’ve only heard one singer for the past 30 years so yeah i’m trying to prepare people for the change uh and at the end at the end of the record with that speech is what that means just letting people not fear the future um and also at the end it says only i remain and so that’s me i am the only only one remember so yeah that’s the reason why i put that speech towards the end of the record like that so how challenges is for you this moment in the future how challenging is it yeah um yeah it could you know the future is going to be definitely very challenging for sure i mean everything is life is you know what i mean every day we wake up can be a new challenge but um it’s how we uh it’s how we take on those challenges and for me it’s like been very positive i’ve had a lot of people around the world contact me you know regarding the position of singing for fear factory and um i look forward to it you know what i mean i look forward to where this new person can take us uh to to a different chapter of fear factory is a decision made or not yet those are some things you will never see you will know they said of course but uh no i i i can’t yeah i can’t answer that question yet because of course of course you know i want it to be an announcement you know what i mean of course of course but inside you you already have okay i know that this is going to be the guy so i can answer the question okay after 30 years that the band has a a guitar sound like you and a voice like barton what do you what do you search or what do you want for the new singer something to be a mix that uh looks into the past and can also sing the past but also look into the future to add new elements exactly i mean i don’t want to you know get somebody who can’t necessarily represent the past you know i want someone who can do that um but i also want this person to have its own identity in the moving forward in the future you know what i mean just that when we have to step into the past that he’s able to handle that as well as what we create moving forward going back to the album um the iphone sounds at least for me very well balanced with the aggression the melodic part also the keyboards as he was saying that player a very important part and i don’t know if you think this way but how is your difficulty is to find this balance and to to make this the songs sound really powerful well it’s not that it’s not that difficult to find the balance because we found the balance uh you know many years ago you know in all of our records you know i mean if you listen to d manufacturer and you know obsolete obviously we there’s a big balance in those records so and you know and on and a few and the other records after that too as well so we you know we have a particular formula that we like to stick to something that we created back in 1994 when we were doing the manufacture i believe that we um nailed it we we created we perfected our sound there and we stuck with that formula since you know since that time we’ve stayed with our formula and i think that’s one of the things that makes fear factory relevant today is that you know our formula was able to change uh how we look at metal music because if you listen to the syncopated guitars the melodic riffs the heavy riffs the melodic vocals and the heavy vocals that pretty much became a staple in music today you know i didn’t i didn’t aspire just to write music i inspire to change music and i believe that we were able to change music as we know it metal music since that time and i think that i just stick stick with our formula and try to improve on my songwriting every time you know every record i always feel like i need to a like i need to prove something every time i go to a record to make a record you know what i mean i never lost that hunger i never lost that drive i never lost that attitude uh when it came to making records i mean look at all the records that i’ve made divine heresy all those records are powerful one way or another you know what i mean and uh you know i believe that you know even way back then even doing brujaria there was not a lot of i can’t think of anybody who was doing mexican death metal in spanish you know i can’t really think about it i’m sure there’s i’m sure there’s many and i just don’t know but we definitely did cross boundaries with those records you know with the brujadia records you know what i mean i felt and that was before fair factory so i felt that i was you know pushing the envelope and being as innovative as possible you know doing those early burjaria and those early fear factory records and set out to try to change music and how people see it when it comes to metal or heavy rock you know you can just listen to the album uh of course there are some as you said this is the formula of your factory but also there are some moments with the new things or some different moments uh perhaps monolith is one of the songs that are a bit different in the album yeah monolith is definitely one of those standout tracks that definitely has different elements that we probably never really touched upon um but uh it’s still a heavy it’s still a heavy track you know it’s still got some really cool stuff about it um the refs the riff is still pretty heavy but you know the vocals we really break down the vocals on the verse and uh we really make those parts stand out yeah um you know a lot of people have been saying that they really like that track you know what i mean but i think that i think that they like to track when they hear it in an album sequence but i think if i would have released that if i would have released that song as a single in the beginning yeah people might people be like what the is this you know the band change you know what i mean they could understand yes so you have to kind of like you know um strategically place it on the record to where it stands out and then now it people love it like i could release i could release that song as a single now and it’ll be okay because people heard the whole record and know what the whole record’s about but releasing that track first wouldn’t have worked at all yeah that’s what record was uh the perfect song to to release before and to open the iphone as well well yes uh but it was it was actually disruptor was the first single that came out yeah yeah yeah recalled was number two no i’m sorry fuel injected suicide machine was number two yeah true true so you wanted to give him something heavy so you know we gave it to him and it’s okay because you know people are really appreciating the record as a whole and when i when i go when i set out to make records i try to make a record that people are going to listen from start to finish right i want to make a record that um that flows well so you could the minute you put the first song on and you’re like that was amazing what’s next and wow wow then they get to the last they get to they get towards the end of the record and they’re listening to monolith point you know and then obviously the closing song end of line um you know people listen to it all the way through so yeah has it become a tradition that in the latest fear factor in silence the last song is like the longest of the album it’s always been that way since um since the manufacturer yeah any particular reason i’ll just uh just like i like to do closures you know to me those are closure songs you know what i mean i like to make you feel like hey you know the movie started you know with recode and then the movie ends with um with you know a closing type of track how do you come with the title of the album um it was actually a song it was actually a title of the song and i thought it best represented the record because of the sound the tone the the vibe you know the the the anger that you hear on the record i thought i thought the title was more fitting also perhaps like a statement okay we are we fear factory and we are still sound aggressive yeah i mean that’s that’s kind of uh you know continuum is something that’s ongoing so you know obviously we’re going to continue with uh with what we are creating sure the music is aggressive sure then that fits the title yeah and that’s one of the reasons why i decided not only to call the record that but also you’re right as a statement saying hey we’re going to move forward and this is going to be still doing the aggressive stuff that we do yeah for sure have you written any new material for the new following album uh yes i’ve written material for a new singer so to see how he adapts and how or that person adapts or how they um are going to connect with the music and the vibe of fear factory yes whoever whoever is going to come in and step in is going to have to hopefully well i wrote new material so this person can you know sing with this new material and not have to just look you know singing the past stuff but also you know putting their two cents into what could be the next fear factory record and now with the with this pandemic situation are you also waiting perhaps to the things open a bit more and come together with the with the next person just to see uh in not not virtually but just in person to meet the candidates yeah well of course in in-person auditions is very important not just uh you know virtually you know i mean we need to we need to have people here to definitely do physical auditions that’s that is correct um it’s all about chemistry to see how this person is going to fit with us and it’s been very nice here in california nice and sunny so i guess that you are eager also to to hit the road in the future of course yeah yeah of course um but we won’t be doing that until next year um there’ll be announcements coming up soon about what’s going to happen with uh with the touring situation um but you know the rest of this year is pretty much going to be getting prepared for who the new singer is going to be a couple of last questions how do you feel when you look back the band 30 years ago and and see the the status that you have accomplished during all these years as you mentioned before yeah you know i uh you know i’m just very proud that i was able to leave you know this legacy you know what i mean um listen we all die right everybody dies and the goal isn’t to live forever but the goal is for me is to create something that will live forever and i feel that you know fear factory you know creating creating those early records that were game-changing records all those records that will live forever they’re classics they’re legendary you know what i mean so even though i’m gone those records will still keep going if you if you wouldn’t need to choose a showa tour of your factory the best tool you have ever done that’s uh you know there’s a lot of them you know uh when we opened up from metallica was one of the one of the highlights of my career you know we did all europe and austra australia japan new zealand um that you know if i if i ever achieve that level of success um they are definitely a band to model that success after because they you know treated their opening bans really well right and so that’s something to aspire to you know to try to make make it to that level of course right um but that’s one that’s definitely one of the highlights you know um you know you i could go all the way back to the supple tour tour that we did in 1994. that one was a great tour as well a lot of great experiences um you know we learned a lot way back in the day when we were touring with all those bands um but you know i i mean there’s so many it’s hard to say we toured with ozzie yeah tournament opened up for iron maiden open up for megadeth open up for slayer open up for rob zombie you know we did a lot of tours with a lot of big bands and you know oh thank you to all those bands that really gave us a chance to get out there you opened for us when you released the manufacture right um yes right with the manufacturer came out we did a full uh us and european tour with ozzy yeah yeah that is also another highlight of your career for sure yeah it was a good like two three months tour with ozzy it was a long tour mm-hmm and was there any guitar player that influenced you or say okay i want to be millions i want to be on the stage like this guy well yeah of course you know when i was a kid nine years old you know um seeing ac dc on on television when you’re nine i was like right there i knew what i wanted to be and i knew what i wanted to do and i was very attracted to that and once once i started getting into my teenage years when i was 14 years old got my first electric guitar i was not looking back i was like i got to find a way to be in music i got to find a way to make it and so you know by the time i was 17 i was living in los angeles you know trying to survive in l.a and trying to meet the right mind re meet like-minded people who wanted to create this music with me and luckily i was able to to meet a lot of people and get involved in the music scene and and start jamming with people just making bands and just you know just progressing as i went along how was elaine that at that moment in the early 90s well it was it was it was night it was a mid 84 when i first moved to la um was when i was really you know 17 years old and just trying to meet as many people as possible and it worked out it worked out good for me uh mid 90s was amazing um like yeah like you asked about the mid 90s was killer because you know d manufacturer came out um and i wanted to pay it forward i wanted to help out all the bands that i knew here in l.a static x spine shank system of a down um cold chamber and a few other ones as well i tried to help out as much as possible try to get them signed try to give them advice whenever they needed advice so you know i loved it at that time and do you plan to do something else in the future with the divine heresy or with asacino definitely of course yes for sure when i get time right now it’s all about the fear factory machine and working this album you know and getting a new singer it’s a lot of a lot of work coming ahead for me um but you know i can always you know definitely do a new divine heresy and for sure for sure for sure a new associate okay that’s that is it was a pleasure for me to talk with you and hopefully perhaps in the future we can see you live in uruguay for the very first time uh thank you i’m really sure we will be going there i’m sure i really hope thank you very much have a nice day and all the best for you in the future thank you take care bye
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Entrevista con Dino Cazares (Fear Factory) / Interview with Dino Cazares

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