m​.​A​.​d

by Arsenio Oro

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THE STORY BEHIND M.A.D

In high school I was influenced by OVERKILL a lot. I use to learn all their songs and just wanted to be like them. Then I started taking classical guitar lessons with Dr. Kunze and learned mostly basic theory and basic knowledge about classical guitar. But, it was enough for me to start composing my own stuff. That's where all the rhythm guitars of M.A.D was composed. I didn't even know the names of the songs or even that I was composing my first record. But, little by little the pieces started to stack up. I never did the solos cause I was not yet ready for most of the stuff I actually wanted to do. That's when I moved to college to major on Classical Guitar teacher and started taking classical guitar lessons with Jose Adam. That and all the other music classes they teach you in college really helped me out as a musician. My guitar playing got to the level I wanted and then I felt it was time for me to leave when I was done with all my music classes and got all the knowledge I needed.

When I started recording M.A.D I really thought things were going to go a bit smoother. But, I was wrong. It was very hard looking for people to work with. Their technique level were low and when I would find a decent player then he or she wouldn't understand my ideas so nothing would ever get done. One day I got tired of dealing with people's problems, not to mention their massive egos and decided to buy a rhythm machine. From that day forward everything was much easier to get it done. Rhythm machines never complain, they always play exactly what you want, with the sound you want, every time without asking for money or a time to take a brake. It took me about a month to master it and program the entire record. I have to admit that I am very grateful for that technology.

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released January 1, 2003

Arsenio Oro

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Arsenio Oro Florida

I started recording in 1998. I do everything from programming the drums, bass and synths to producing the entire record. I play both classical and electric guitar. But, I am not traditional at all nor I'm a tone purist. I experiment with new sounds and odd techniques. ... more

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