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A Dirty Dozen with DOMINICK MUZIO – January 2023

| 21 January 2023 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Three decades of making music hasn’t slowed singer / guitarist DOMINICK MUZIO down one bit. In fact, he’s busier than ever writing and releasing record after record, two with the band he fronts Wicked Garden and now his first solo effort, the five song Ep, Candy at a Funeral. Following the success of the Wicked Garden releases Post Dystopian Leisure Music and Bipolarcoaster Muzio decided to demo some material on his own. Those sessions resulted in a deal with local Las Vegas label, ToneHouse Records.” We get Dominick to discuss new music, influences, and more.

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

My solo record Candy at a Funeral was released by Tonehouse Records in September. Because of Wicked Garden, a lot of people know me as a “grunge” guy, but this record shows a little more of my influences from hard rock, blues and alternative genres. Nothing really “hidden”, but I think people are a little surprised by some of the stuff on it.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

My father was a musician, and I remember being like 3 years old and listening to his band rehearse in our house and thinking “I wanna do that!”

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

Pretty much my parent’s record collection from the 60’s and 70’s.  The Stones, Aerosmith, The Kinks, they had everything!. Then when I was a teen Nirvana and the Seattle scene hit, and I was completely blown away by all that.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

I would love to write a song with Jerry Cantrell or Dave Grohl, just to hear what we could come up with. They epitomize the direction I have taken in my music career. It would be cool to see if it all meshed well.

5. What is your favorite activity when out of the studio and/or not on tour?  What do you like to do to unwind?

I play poker a lot, and I always have a guitar in arms reach at my house, cause you never know when inspiration will hit!

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

Imagine if the Foo Fighters and Alice in Chains mated with the Cure while Bob Segar and Screaming Trees played in the bathroom.

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Well, since this was a solo effort, I guess I’d do all of it. But my backing band, Chemical Tribe would be there pumping the keg and firing up the grill.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

I recently met Rami Jaffee from Foo Fighters. Really awesome, nice dude. I was amazed by how cool he was to everyone.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

The best part is you can exercise your demons though your songs, and everyone can relate in their own way. This would be my dream job if it only paid better!

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

I’ve always wanted them to ask “What makes a great song in your opinion?” And I’d answer with “I have no idea!’ because it’s such a personal opinion I’d probably go on an hour long diatribe.  I wish they’d stop asking about Crazy Road Stories. They are old, cliché and most of them are 100% bullshit anyway.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

I would have not signed a few deals back in the day and been more patient. Conversely, I would have given myself more time to develop, instead of thinking I was ready to conquer the world at 17.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

I guess it would have to Nevermind by Nirvana. That record changed everything, and 30 years later we are still trying to wrap our heads around its greatness. Sonically, lyrically, it’s just a perfect record.

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