Fear Factory Guitarist Dino Cazares On Current Touring Industry: “People Don’t Understand The Cost That Goes Into Doing These Tours”

During an appearance on the “Vulgar Display Of Podcast,” Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares discussed the current state of the touring industry. The guitarist says “people really don’t understand the cost that goes into doing these tours.”

Cazares said the following about post-pandemic touring:

“So much has changed in those couple of years, because look how much the economy has gotten really, really over the top, with gas and even availability on certain things, even drivers; just getting a driver, it’s hard. People really don’t understand the cost that goes into doing these tours. Everything affects you, whether it’s venues taking a big cut of the merch sales to insane diesel and gas prices. A lot of people don’t realize that these buses take diesel, and diesel is more expensive than gas. So that adds up, when you’re spending eight hundred to a thousand dollars just to fill up a tank of a bus. People don’t realize the cost of all that. So it’s getting harder and harder.

It’s really kind of weird, because when we first booked the tour, the economy was much lower than now. And then we do these show contracts for ‘X’ amount of dollars, and all of a sudden we postpone the tour to a year or so later, and so much has changed. Now these contracts, it doesn’t match to where the economy is at now. A lot of people don’t realize that either, that a lot has changed so much. I wish we can go back and renegotiate our contracts, but it’s too late — can’t do it. It is what it is. We’re just not gonna be making the money that we would normally make to do that tour, but we’re still gonna do it; we’re committed to it. We can’t wait to get back on the road and just play in front of all those people.”

He also added:

“I’m not the only one that really talks about that. There have been other people — Devin Townsend‘s been talking a lot about it; Dark Funeral and a few other bands as well, talking about what it’s like out there. Of course a lot of people who follow me who are fans of the band, they don’t really understand what it is, how it is out there. But in a way, they should, because, obviously, gas prices affect everything. Food prices — food prices have gone insanely high. So people should be able to relate to it in that way. Speaking in the third person, if it’s hard for that person to pay rent or to buy food, imagine what it’s like for us to be out there touring. People have this misconception, just because you’re on the road, you’re making big bucks and you’re a rich guy. We are affected by it just as much as they are — as a matter of fact worse, ’cause we have more overhead.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares Says His Car Was Hit By A Bullet Earlier Today

Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares’ car was hit by a bullet earlier today (January 21). He said the following about that:

“Bullet hole in my windshield today, Los Angles Police Department asked me if I have any enemy’s I said “yes” and named 3 people. Let’s see where this investigation goes. LAPD said it looks like a 45 caliber, it’s a big bullet.”

He also added the following while responding to a fan:

“The bar that’s part of the frame that holds the dashon the inside stopped it from going all the way through.”

Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares Guests On New Front Line Assembly Song “Stifle”

Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares is featured on a new Front Line Assembly song titled “Stifle.“ That track is from Front Line Assembly’s new album “Mechanical Soul,“ which was released today (January 15).

Dino Cazares (Fear Factory, Etc.) Seeking Vocalist For New Project

Dino Cazares (Fear Factory, Divine Heresy, etc.) is currently seeking a singer for a new project that he is working on. The guitarist said the following in a since deleted tweet:

“Looking for a singer for a new project in the style of @FearFactory and Divine Heresy if u feel u got what it takes send video to dinonewproject@gmail.com”

[via The PRP]

Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares Working On Industrial Project With Die Krupps & Leæther Strip, Collaborating With Jamey Jasta, Etc.

While answering a fan on Twitter, Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares offered an update on all his various projects. In addition to working on a solo album, he is also working on a new Asesino album, as well as an industrial project with Die Krupps & Leæther Strip. Furthermore, he is also collaborating with Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed) and producing a band called Darksun.

As for Fear Factory, there is unfortunately “no news”:

[via The PRP]

Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares On Upcoming Solo Album: “I’m Gonna Be Making A Fucking Metal Record”

Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares was recently interviewed by Heavy New York at the NAMM show in Anaheim, California and talked a bit about his upcoming solo album. He said he is “about halfway done” writing it, and that it will be “a fucking metal record.”

Cazares said the following

“Once I get done with the writing, I do wanna get a drummer and, of course, a bass player and, of course, a singer. But I like to write the music and have stuff ready to go before I actually pick the musicians who I want to come in and maybe collaborate a little bit later on or add a little bit of their flavor. It depends on who I get.”

He also talked about its musical direction:

“I don’t really like to stray from what I normally do. People know me as being a heavy artist, people know me for my right hand. I’m not exactly the kind of guy who’s gonna go out and try to do a rock album or a hip-hop album or nothing like that. I like to do what I do. Metal’s in my heart and speed riffing is my thing, and that’s what I love to do…. I’m not saying it’s gonna be the ‘same ol’, same ‘ol.’ Of course I’m gonna try to take it to somewhere different, but people are gonna know what to expect from me, and I’m okay with that.”

He also added the following, when asked if he is taking different approach than he has in other projects:

“When I was doing DIVINE HERESY, I was, like, ‘Okay…’ ‘Cause FEAR FACTORY is its own thing. So when I was out of FEAR FACTORY back in 2002 doing DIVINE HERESY, I’m, like, ‘Okay, what could I do to make this go somewhere different than FEAR FACTORY?’ You know, but some of the elements are still there. When I was doing DIVINE HERESY, the tempos were heavier, it was more modern, there was guitar solos, so there was a lot of different stuff I was doing that I don’t normally do in FEAR FACTORY. So every project I do, I try to get into a different mindset. Especially with ASESINO, it’s more extreme, it’s all pretty much death metal in Spanish, so that’s definitely further away from FEAR FACTORY. So, in particular, if I’m working on a solo record, I can do a combination of all that and some new stuff. But I am who I am and people know me for my particular style, so that’s what I’m gonna do… I’m not gonna go out and try to make a hip-hop record or make a fucking country record — nothing like that. No, definitely not. I’m gonna be making a fucking metal record, and that’s what it is.”

[via Blabbermouth]