Guitarist Dario Lorina Interview

Guitarist Dario Lorina Interview:

Touring for over a span of seven years since age sixteen, first with late Warrant singer Jani Lane and in more recent years with Lizzy Borden, metal guitar virtuoso Dario Lorina delivers his first solo recording. Growing up listening to guitarists such as Randy Rhoads, Paul Gilbert, George Lynch and Van Halen, Dario’s music harkens back to the glory days of high caliber shred guitar, the genre of which Shrapnel Records was a founding force.

Dario Lorina’s debut solo CD reveals a guitarist brimming with extreme musical ability. This guitarist brings more diverse influences into play than the
average neo-classical riff monger. While technically proficient like all of the label’s guitar instrumentalists, Dario’s CD isn’t just about shredding. It’s an American guitar instrumental album having more in common with riffs reminiscent of Paul Gilbert George Lynch and Van Halen than the European influence of guitarists such as Yngwie Malmsteen.

Dario’s debut CD is a powerful all-instrumental CD drenched in attitude-filled guitar work, backed by a thundering hard rock rhythm section.

Points of Interest

• Phil Campbell from Motorhead had this to say, “I think Dario Lorina is one Amazing guitar player! Having known him for many years, he never ceases to amaze me every time we hang out and jam! He blew me away when he played with us in Vegas. A true talent and an amazingly nice guy”.

• Boasting thirteen phenomenal new instrumental tracks, Dario proves why he is considered by many of his peers to be a true guitarist’s guitarist.
• Dario Lorina has remained in the public eye through heavy touring, first with Jani Lane and later with Lizzy Borden with whom he continues to perform.
• Dario has been featured in Guitar Player Magazine and Europe’s Guitare Xtreme Magazine.
• Dario was featured in the Music Star Productions All Star DVD (2008) with George Lynch, Bruce Kulick, Jennifer Batten as “Next Generation of Rock Guitar”.
• Dario has his own signature guitar model with LAG Guitars, founded in 1980 and headquartered in Bédarieux, France.

Lastly, Dario is now the Guitarist in Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society


1. Demon Rum
2. Pipe Dreams
3. My Heroine
4. Villains
5. Silhouettes
6. Feels Good
7. House of The Rising Sun
8. Alive
9. Ambrosia
10. Words Unspoken
11. Sacksong
12. Revolutions
13. Amor Odium

Guitarist Dario Lorina Interview:

Scott > Hi Dario, How are you doing these days?

Dario > I'm doing well, thanks Scott.  I'm really excited about my new solo record.  I spent most of May recording it and its out now on Shrapnel Records.  Aside from that i've been touring with Lizzy Borden.  We just got back from playing at the Skogsrojet festival in Sweden, and back in November I spent some time in France where Michel Lag and I finalized the design for my first signature model LAG Guitar called the Arkanator.

Scott > What’s the genesis for the NEW Self-Titled Debut Dario Lorina Album?

Dario > Referring to the title of the album, "Dario Lorina", I felt like it was an appropriate title for my first solo release.

Scott > How do You know Mike Varney at the Shrapnel Records Group Label?

Dario > I was fortunate to have met Mike several years back through mutual friends when I was touring with Jani Lane and over the years we've kept in touch.  He's discovered and recorded many guitar players I am inspired by and have looked up to, so its really been a pleasure.

Scott > Give us a run down of the musicians that are playing on the CD.

Dario > On drums I have my good friend Dan Conway.  We actually went to high school together and have been jamming together for years.  Him and I have such a great musical chemistry and when it came time to complete this record I had no doubt that he was the guy.  He's a monster drummer.  On bass I have my good friend and fellow Lizzy Borden bandmate, Marten Andersson.  I've been playing in Lizzy Borden with Marten for the past three and a half years and he has a really cool style of bass playing.  We've always clicked as musicians and fans of instrumental music.  There are three songs on the record which feature bass player Mark Matthews, who I played a few shows with when I was touring with Jani Lane, and long time Steve Vai/Whitesnake drummer Chris Frazier, who's currently touring with Foreigner.  Those guys are wicked players and the three songs they played on are "Feels Good", "My Heroine", and "Sacksong" which were mixed by Fred Archambault and are actually the first 3 songs recorded that spawned the completion of this 13 song record.  On the song "Villains", track #4, I have Jacky Vincent playing call-and-answer style guitar solos with me. His playing really breathed extra life into that song.  Aside from the 3 songs I mentioned, the record was mixed, mastered, and engineered by Jason Constantine and everyone involved did a phenomenal job.

Scott > How do you come up with your songs?

Dario > For an instrumental song it usually starts with some kind of riff or set of chords that i've either come up with on the spot or have had in my collection, and then I usually record it on my Pro Tools which I run on my laptop, come up with a drum beat and take it from there, arranging and recording as I go along.  Sometimes the song gets completed in one session, thats an ideal situation, or sometimes it may take several days of listening back to it and changing or rearranging things here and there, or maybe its just not working for me at all and it gets sent to "The Island of Misfit Riffs", the hard drive where the rest of my unfinished ideas live.  I also write really well with my drummer Dan Conway, our musical chemistry is almost like telepathy sometimes.

Scott > Tell me in your own words what it is that spoke to you about this project.

Dario > It's an outlet where I can feature and express my passion for guitar playing and instrumental music.

Scott > Are there plans to tour?

Dario > I would love to tour with this project.  We will see what happens...

Scott > Are you a schooled guitar player or a self-taught guitar player?

Dario > A little of both.  When I was 6 years old and still living in the Boston area, I started taking weekly guitar lessons from a local guitar player named Justin Beech who played in a funk rock band named Two Ton Shoe, and I remember he had a really cool Strat that was covered in newspaper funnies which I thought was awesome.  I had a few other teachers over the years up until I was around 15 years old, which is when I started teaching myself techniques and things I wanted to learn.  YouTube was (and definitely still is) great for that and I also had a few books like John Petrucci's "Rock Discipline".  I think it's important to never stop learning or finding inspiration, and in my opinion it's really beneficial to learn, at least for some period of time, from a player one-on-one.  As someone who was just learning, it helped expose me to different approaches and ways of playing and it continues to have the same effect even if I just sit down with someone once.

Scott > Did You develop your style by ear or by messing around on the neck playing what sounded cool to you?

Dario > Well, I play what my ears like to hear and being influenced by players like John Sykes, Paul Gilbert, George Lynch, and Van Halen, I really love the sound of big wide vibrato, bluesy notes mixed with legato modal runs, and melodic yet improvised sounding phrasing.

Scott > I was wondering if you ever hear music in your dreams and turn them into songs?

Dario > I can't say that I have, but what if we're actually dreaming now, and when we're dreaming while we sleep, we're actually in reality..................

Scott > How often when you start an idea for song, does it actually get finished?

Dario > Most of the time I stick with it and try and finish it as soon as possible because if I let it go too long, I may loose my initial vision for it and it'll have to join the others and get lost on "The Island of Misfit Riffs", but thats not necessarily a negative thing as long as I have the initial idea down on "paper", I can always revisit it, maybe with stronger or new inspiration.  There are actually a couple pieces that came from that "island" which made it on to this record.

Scott > So then tell me a little bit of what you’ve learned about human nature during this new production.

Dario > I learned that its very important to rest.  The first day we started tracking for this record I temporarily injured my arm from over playing and had to step away from my guitar for a several days.  Fortunately we were able to complete drums and bass during that time, but there was one song in particular which I had to hum the melody of into the talkback mic so the drummer could hear it while he recorded to be sure we got the arrangement right, since I was unable to play along.  It was good for a few laughs.

Scott > What are your personal highlights on the new album?

Dario > I can honestly say that i'm proud of the entire record.  I feel like each song has a bit of it's own personality and I enjoyed creating them all.  I couldn't have asked for any better from everyone involved.  Track #13, "Amor Odium" is a personal favorite as well as track #12 "Revolutions" as it's really enjoyable to play in a live setting.

Scott > How did you first get into the music business?

Dario > I've been around music my entire life as much of my immediate and extended family are musical in one way or another.  I started jamming with friends when I was around 8 years old and the first real band I played in was in 8th grade.  I was in a couple bands after that before I started touring with Jani at 16 years old, which is when I would consider first getting into the music "business".