Slayer’s Dave Lombardo: “Latin Jazz/Cuban Music Is A Big Part Of Me”
In a recent interview Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo gives the down low on his musical influences for ‘World Painted Blood,’ Slayer’s upcoming 10th studio album.
On how his Cuban heritage has influenced his style:
‘Latin jazz and even Cuban music is a big part of me. The rhythms, patterns that they use… there are a lot of things that I do that come from that. It’s just my soul. It’s in me.’
On his children’s interest in music:
‘Obviously I play for them the (Cuban) music. They love it and know where it comes from. I tell them, “Kids, you play drums because it’s in your blood.” Oh yeah, they’re very musical inclined. My boys and my daughter — I have a 15 and 17 year old boys and my daughter, she’s 9 and plays the piano. My second oldest that’s 15; he plays the piano really good. He’s been playing the longest. My oldest is very business-inclined, very academic but he plays drums. He wants to be a producer or engineer.’
On the album’s producer Greg Fidelman:
‘I think one of the best things and greatest thing that he did was go to rehearsal… To our rehearsal where it’s a room about half this size, from here to the wall and he heard us play. He feels and hears what this band is in a very small environment, very pure. So when you hear that, I think that helps you develop the band’s sound or what the band is supposed to sound like on record. And he definitely captured the sound, so that was really important. He really worked with me personally.’