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The Chaz Interviews - July, 2003
by Chaz and the MP3.com artists

It was the summer of 2003 and MP3.com's active message board community was heating up as well -- with flame wars. Along came Chaz Fanaro, looking to cut through the negative noise. He began to interview many of the musical artists who pitched a tent on the popular indie music forum. Others pitched in with questions of their own. July of 2003 could have turned ugly, but thanks to the interviews blanketing the forum, it became a home for insight and mutual respect. The forums were wiped clean by Vivendi in December, 2003. The interviews live on.

Dr. O

Artist description
dR. O has 21 genre #1s on MP3.COM giving them more than any other band in the WORLD making dR. O THE top ranked alternative hard rock/metal band on MP3.COM...They make music that they like to listen to and they typically like it loud and heavy but also like to experiment with new sounds.

Music Style
Alternative Hard Rock with a heavy dash of metal, a pinch of rap/hip hop, and the occasional psychedelic vibe thrown in for good measure

Musical Influences
Incubus, Alice in Chains, Ice Cube, NIN, TOOL, Nirvana, Dr. Dre, Smashing Pumpkins, Metallica, Black Sabbath, KORN, The Beatles, Eminem, Janis Joplin, The Doors, Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, etc.

Similar Artists
Alice in Chains, Godsmack,NIN, Marilyn Manson, TOOL,Incubus,STAIND, Nickelback, Puddle of Mudd

Artist History
Ben started playing guitar around the age of 13 then later at Long Beach High School became best friends with Chris and Danny. Of course, Chris decided he wanted to play guitar too and so Ben showed him a few chords and taught him how to read guitar tablature. Somehow they made it to college and met Jake. Eventually Jake, Ben, and Chris wound up in Mobile and for fun they would play live gigs with friends changing their name each time they played. Some of the names they played under were Drilldo, Clitallica, Billy Jack Justice and the Bushogs, Stool, etc. In their spare time Ben and Chris wrote, recorded, and produced everything on their first album, The Diary of Clone #9, at home using Ben's Roland VS880EX home studio. It has 9 songs and is a concept album about human cloning that has heavy guitar sounds mixed with space-age instrument effects, sound bites, and vocal effects, resulting in heavy kick ass music with a futuristic feel. Ben uploaded the first album to MP3.COM in July of 1999 under the band name , Clone #9. Chris and Ben wanted to perform live shows so naturally Jake and Danny joined . They later recruited local drummer extraordinaire Trebor Genry. They played the Kaley Hollis benefit concert in Pensacola, FL. with this lineup. Eventually Jake and Danny moved on and so were replaced by Andy and Damon. The band didn't want to be labeled as a concept band and so changed their name to ORIFICE (which they later found out was already taken and so they added the "Dr."). The band worked on the "Y2Kiss My ORIFICE" album for most of the year 2000 and finally completed and released it in December of 2000. In 2001 Chris finished residency and moved to Florida...the band fell apart and ben recruited new musicians to rebuild the band from scratch. They have had 20 #1 songs at MP3.COM and had the #1 selling CD becoming THE top ranked hard rock/metal band on the site receiving widespread acclaim.

Group Members
Ben Marble MD, Charles Galloway, Harley Rowell, Matt Delpit

Instruments
dR. O use Les Paul guitars, mesa boogie/fender amps

Albums
The Diary of Clone #9, Y2Kiss My *RIFICE?, EXIT 69, ALIVE PLUGGED AND UNPLUGGED O

Press Reviews
JINGO says, "If you want some hopeless **** that will make you wonder why you didn't do yourself a favor and wake up dead, ORIFICE is for you. Once again, it is the middle of the night, and I am wasted, and ORIFICE is in my headphones. Gloom, despair and a general feeling of unease smother me like a wet blanket. I wonder if I will make it, or if I even want to. TRY IT! It's pretty cool.", Fredrik from Sweden says, "Wow!!!Great!! I must say that i love this song.The lyrics are fantastic, so whoever wrote it i think he/she have a big future in songwriting. Your 'sound' is good, it really rocks, here in Sweden we love that kind of'sound'. Guitar playing is outstanding tell the guitar player that he/she donīt have to practice anymore, he/she is now a expert guitar player like Yngwie Malmsten. And i havenīt forgot the drums, they sounds real heavy and cool. So what i want to say with all of this is that u are going to be stars. And no matter what other people say i belive in u, and remember that iīm your greatest fan. Peace, take care and rockon!! ,Team Faithgroove says "If you can't feel the power of Lord *RIFICE, then you must either be in a deep sleep or dead. If you're into r(sh)ock treatment and some heavy metal deliveries, Orifice offers them up on a silver platter. I liked "Maybe" the most although all of the songs are well produced with great guitar. "This isn't my style of music but if you like in-your-face-bitch-ass-loud-hard-rock then you will LOVE this band""Mommy! Mommy! He said a bad word!""Whoa these guys are nuts and I love it!""God's a F** has to be the single most offensive song I have ever heard. This is pure crap. I just hope God will forgive me for listening to it""In my opinion this is Led Zepplin meets Black Sabbath yet retains an original concept. Interesting stuff" "Their song Ton of Bricks makes me want to do naughty things. Very good indeed :-) ""Some people may think they sound a little like Marylyn Manson but believe me these guys would bend him over and spank his sorry ass"

Additional Info
go to www.cafepress.com/orifice to buy band merchandise!

Location
Ocean Springs, MIssissippi - USA

Chaz the Spaz
What is the band currently working on?

clone9
oh i need 2 update the page bc it is actually TWENTY FIVE #1s now anyway we recently completed and released our latest cd "REPENT OR BURN!!!" (recorded at SOUTHERN FRIED SOUNDS studios...i.e. my house)
we recently played an awesome show at The Masquerade in Atlanta but since that time our bassist harley made plans to move to oregon (luckily he changed his mind) and so for now we are mainly gearing up for our trip to NYC for the "September Concert" on 9/11/03....we were lucky enough to participate in the very first event last year and are bringing the entire band this time.... http://www.septemberconcert.org b sure to watch the video bc we appear in it briefly i have also been working on a side project known as ANOREXIC SKELETON that is sort of underwraps but is already making a large impact on the local scene here in Mississippi.... http://www.mp3.com/anorexicskeleton
derek pardoe is the main person i am working with on this side project u can check out his other recently signed to wind up records band here http://www.watershipband.com

Chaz the Spaz
It's good to see some artists here that get out and do things, instead of sitting around like me! If possible, I'll try to make it to the September concert, I'm just across the river.

How did you first become interested in music?

clone9
my father played guitar since as far back as i can remember....when i was 3 or 4 years old i can remember banging on it on the couch....my first 'real instrument' was saxophone that i started playing when i was 9....my oldest brother started playing guitar so i picked it up when i was 12.....by the time i was 16 i was the single best guitarist in my school BUT my parents wouldn't let me get an electric guitar bc rock music was 'satanic'....every band in town wanted my to play with but my parents refused.....then i moved to Mobile, Al. for college...this is the time period that i switched from learning other peoples songs to writing my own...

Chaz the Spaz
What are your goals and what do you have planned for your music?

clone9
my goals have always been
1-to hear one of my songs on FM radio (done)
2-to get 25 #1's on MP3.COM/O (done)
3-to get a record deal (not done)
4-to get a gold record (not done)
5-to win a Grammy award (not done)
6-to have fun (always)
7-to play my music live all over the world (done)
8-to get listeners in 100 or more countries on MP3.COM/O (DONE)
plans? to achieve the above goals

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