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(L-R: Dave Lombardo, Kerry King, Jeff Hanneman, Tom Araya) Photo Credit: Mark Seliger

For many, the gauge for success in the music industry is set by unit sales. However, those in the know understand that longevity is the true measure. There are few American groups in the heavy metal genre that have sustained longer success than Slayer. They are regarded by fans as members of the “Big Four” of thrash metal bands which also includes Metallica, Anthrax, and Megadeath. Although the band has never reached Platinum sales status, they have enjoyed 30 years of success including embarking on countless tours, receiving multiple nominations and two Grammy Awards, having their music licensed for film and video games including Metallica’s Guitar Hero, and have also consistently sold music with six of their ten albums reaching Gold sales.

In this interview, acclaimed drummer and original member of Slayer, Dave Lombardo, speaks with Insomniac Magazine about his career in the music business with the super heavy metal band. He talks about working with Rick Rubin, comments on controversy over the band’s lyrical content, discusses his thoughts on the state of the music industry, and shares a secret for success in the music industry. -I. Vasquetelle

(Part One) Dave Lombardo addresses Slayer’s lyrics, censorship, metal culture, being true to the music, and longevity in the music industry.

(Part Two) In this segment Dave Lombardo discusses working with music industry veteran and producer extraordinaire Rick Rubin.

(Part Three) In this segment Dave Lombardo discusses the secret of success in the music business.

Similar article: Visit Insomniac Magazine’s interview with Anvil’s frontman Lips. He talks about the music industry and his history in heavy metal.


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Gazelle MCI is a veteran urban music industry radio promoter who started out in the business as an indie label proprietor during the mid to later 1980s. Currently, he is the director of mixshow promotions at E1 Music (formally known as Koch Entertainment). Other duties provided by Gazelle include promoting videos to local video shows, as well as helping to coordinate promotional tours for the label’s urban artists.

In this Q&A, he explains the value and process of urban mixshow radio promotions today, and shares his views into this distinct and sometimes misunderstood aspect of music marketing. He also provides insight about the effectiveness and use of eblasts to build awareness for a release, and how these efforts correlate to the sale of music.
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John Lennon, the iconic musician/songwriter is chronicled in this new DVD release from MVD visual.  Using original footage and rare video of the musical genius, we get a behind the scenes view of the legendary artist in JOHN LENNON RARE AND UNSEEN. [click to continue…]

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Look around at the world of rap music- most of it is the same. This has been going on now for nearly two decades. However, new rap artists desperately want to be recognized. How likely is it to be seen when you do what everyone else does. Solillaquists of Sound and music video director X:144 approached the task of making a video for the track “Marvel” by doing something different.

Watch what they do, be inspired, and then do something totally different. If you want to get noticed, stop playing follow the leader.
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The following is a statement from Chuck D and his wife Dr Gaye Theresa Johnson Professor Of Black Studies and Chicano Studies UC Santa Barbara regarding Arizona’s new immigration law.

‘Jan Brewer’s decision to sign the Arizona immigration bill into law is racist, deceitful, and reflects some of the most mean-spirited politics against immigrants that the country has ever seen. The power that this law gives to police, to detain people that they suspect to be undocumented, brings racial profiling to a new low. Brewer’s actions and those of Joe Arpaio, Russell Pearce, the Arizona State Senate are despicable, inexcusable, and endorse the all-out hate campaign that Joe Arpaio, Russell Pearce, and others have perpetrated upon immigrants for years. The people of Arizona who voted for this bill, as well as those who crafted it, demonstrate no regard for the humanity or contributions of Latino people. And for all of those who have chosen not to speak up, shame on you for silently endorsing this legislated hate.

In 1991 I wrote a song criticizing Arizona officials (including John McCain and Fife Symington) for rejecting the federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The same politics I wrote about in “By the Time I Get to Arizona” are alive and well in Arizona today, but this time the target is Brown people.

These actions must stop. I am issuing a call to action, urging my fellow musicians, artists, athletes, performers, and production companies to refuse to work in Arizona until officials not only overturn this bill, but recognize the human rights of immigrants. This should include the NBA playoffs, revisiting the actions of the NFL in 1993, when they moved the Superbowl to Pasadena in protest against Arizona’s refusal to recognize Dr. King. We all need to speak up in defense of our brothers and sisters being victimized in Arizona, because things are only getting worse. What they’re doing to immigrants is appalling, but it will be even more damning if we remain silent.’

Make sure to support Chuck by checking out his new release “Tear Down This Wall” and his new album coming in June “Don’t Rhyme for the Sake of Riddlin’”


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