Meet the mighty Rob Trulak from Salem’s Childe. I love fucking guitar players
and this one is no exception. Read on.
MI-What is your birth date?
Rob-June 26, 1976
MI- Tell me about your latest music project. Describe Salem Childe’s
Music. Who are the members of your band and what do they play?
Rob-Our current project is our first full-length CD, tentatively
titled Coraxo, which means ‘Thunders.’ This album has been a group
collaboration and a Hell of a lot of hard work! The musick of Salem’s Childe is
metal, with tribal and progressive influences.
Band members: Rob Lee – Vocals; James Gates – Bass; Mario Farino – Drums &
Percussion; and myself on guitars.
MI- If you were king of the world for one week, what would you do?
Rob-Have the biggest damn metal concert in the history of the
world! (Of course Salem’s Childe would play!)
MI- What is your favorite song to play live and why?
Rob-Probably ‘Trinity,’ off of the new demo and soon-to-come
album. It’s heavy, it’s brutal, and it’s a Hell of a lot of fun.
MI- If you could be any superhero, which would you be and why?
Rob-Hmmm….I’d have to say Wolverine, cuz short hairy guys with
big-ass claws, indestructible skeletons, and healing powers kick ass. Oh, and
he’s brutal, and probably a metal-head.
MI- What is in your cd player right now?
Rob-Lacuna Coil – Comalies.
MI- Have you ever inhaled?
Rob-I don’t remember.
MI- Do you believe in psychics? Why or why not?
Rob-Oh sure. But I think that there are so many fucking frauds that it’s very
rare that you come across someone who can truly do
amazing stuff with their minds. Why do I believe in them? The average human only
uses 10-11% of his/her brain. Who knows what the other 90% is capable of?
MI- Who are your musical influences and why?
guitar: The late Criss Oliva (Savatage) – an incredible amount of power, passion
and talent gone too soon. James Hetfield
(Metallica) – Proof that metal could be interesting. Tony Iommi (Black
Sabbath) – any modern metal guitar player owes this man everything. Adam Jones
(Tool) – opened my ears to a new way of thinking
how one guitar could do so much.
MI-What about the world pisses you off the most and why?
Rob-Man, what doesn’t piss me off about the world? Stupid fucking
people. Ya know, the kind that make things hard for everyone
MI- When and how did you first get interested in music?
Rob-About 12. I heard that my uncle was in a band, and I thought
that it sounded like it’d be fun to do. So I picked up a guitar. Everything’s
downhill from there.
MI-What is the most memorable live show you ever played and why?
Rob-Milwaukee Metalfest XVII on July 26, 2003. We got to play
the main stage at a killer time slot. It was just an awesome experience to be
able to actually play at a concert that we had all grown up
MI- What piece of your work do you like the best and why?
Rob-Personally, I like all my creations on guitar equally. Being
the only guitar player, I try to make my parts interesting to listen to
while complementing whatever else is going on in the song.
MI- Where is your favorite place to play live and why?
Rob-Right now I’d have to say Tunnels in Kokomo, IN. It’s been
the band’s home. We have a lot of friends there and our shows there are a lot
MI- Tell me about your music history.
Rob-The history of Salem’s Childe is a pretty stormy one, loaded
with name changes, band break ups, style changes, and the usual bullshit. My personal
musick history isn’t that spectacular either; this is the 3rd band I’ve been in.
If this ride ever ends, I can’t say I won’t every play again, but it’ll be a tough
MI- Tell me about an average day in your life.
Rob-Work (musick still doesn’t quite pay the bills yet), come home, be
dad to my 3 kids, do some web design, band promotion, gig booking, dinner (somewhere
in there), band practice depending on what day it is, maybe a little Playstation,
MI- What three people would you like to be stranded with on a
life raft in the middle of the ocean?
Rob-Hmmm….my wife, and two of her hot friends!
MI- If you were stranded on a desert island and could bring one
person, one cd, and one book-what would that one person, one cd, and one book
Rob-My wife, our new album, and Zen Guitar by Philip Toshio Sudo.
MI- Who do you think the greatest musician of all time is and
Rob-The guy that invented musick however many thousands of years
ago. Why? Cuz he gave the world one of its greatest gifts.
MI- What is your greatest achievement and why?
Rob-Not quitting my band, cuz I love to hate the other guys,
MI-What is the worst job you have ever had and why?
Rob-Fast food. Cuz the restaurant biz sucks.
MI- What do you want people to know about you?
Rob-That I love life, I love musick, and that I put my all into
everything I do.
MI- What person would you bring back from the dead and why?
Rob-King Harald Hardraada of Norway, cuz Vikings rock, and I
bet they’d have liked metal.
MI- Who in the world would you most like to have lunch with?
Rob-Right now? An A&R rep.
MI-Do you believe in reincarnation? Why or why not? If so, who
would you like to have been in history?
Rob-I think that it’s possible that the Creator (God) in his
Infinite Wisdom may see fit to let people reincarnate. I’d like to have been
MI- Where were you when 9-11 happened, and how did it affect
Rob-I was celebrating my second wedding anniversary with my wife (we
got married on 9-11-99).
MI-If you were to design a 9-11 memorial, what would it look
Rob-Osama bin Laden crucified upside down.
MI- Tell me what you think about what America is doing in the
Rob-I think that the US is doing a good thing; war isn’t a good
thing, but it’s necessary to cleanse the world.
MI- Where do you get your inspiration from as a musician?
Rob-Everywhere and everything. Musick is a really spiritual experience
MI- Give me your opinions on computerized music-you know, the
stuff that is coming out in hip hop and rap, etc.
Rob-I think that electronic musick has its place, but it’s not
for me. On a positive side, it makes musick more accessible to someone who can’t
play an instrument, but on the negative side, that same person is missing out
on the joy of actually playing.
MI- What is your opinion about rap lines in the middle of rock
and metal music these days? (for example, limp bizkit and pod)
Rob-Ugh. I’m not a fan of rap-core. It’s not a bad thing, just
not my thing. I think that if a song is done well, then the mixing of the genres
is good, but there are plenty of shitty bands doing the rap/metal
thing, and they should stop.
MI- Is there anybody in the business that you would want to open
Rob-I’d love to open for A Perfect Circle; their musick is powerful
and intense, and so is their live show.
MI- Name five groups or artists, 1960 or later, that you feel
have been important to the evolution of music-and tell me why you think they have
Rob-Musick in general? Or Metal?? I’ll put the Metal spin on
Led Zeppelin. They opened the gates that gave Metal the chance to awaken. Black
Sabbath. Iommi defined metal guitar. Metallica. They perfected Metal. Tool. They
took Metal to it’s next evolution. Salem’s Childe. They’re carrying on the traditions
of Metal. (Pretty fucking
arrogant of me, eh?)
MI- What is your favorite movie of all time and why?
Rob-13th Warrior. Great spin on the story of Beowulf, even though
it’s not historically accurate.
MI- What in the world do you like to do the most and why?
Rob-Get on stage and play my ass off. Oh, and sex. They’re about
the same kinda high.
MI- What does success mean to you?
Rob-Achieving goals. For Salem’s Childe to achieve success would
mean that we get to play all the time and not have to worry
about keeping day jobs.
MI-Have you ever had a paranormal experience-if so, what is it?
Rob-I’ve seen ‘things’ that apparently other people didn’t.
MI- Tell me what you think about MTV.
Rob-They should change their name. Calling themselves Music Television
is false advertising.
MI- What do you think the best thing that ever happened to music
Rob-It got invented. Cuz now we have it.
MI- Give me your favorite quote of all time.
Rob-Heracletus, 500 BC: “Of every 100 men, 10 shouldn’t
even be here, 80 are nothing more that targets, and 9 are fighters. We are grateful
for them. They the battle make. Ah, but the one; the one is a Warrior, and he
shall bring the others back.”
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