Dom “Smasher” Rini, shredder


Dom “Smasher” Rini, shredder

Wow where to start. Why did I pick up the guitar in the damn first place. Well lets see, it was 1979 and my brother and I wanted out of our house and wanted to smoke. I was 11 and he was 9. My mother got us in acoustic guitar lessons and we would walk to Goodrich Gannett Center for guitar lessons. We used to stash our cigarettes in our guitars and smoke on our way to practice. My brother didn’t keep the guitar playing up. He kinda destroyed the guitar and did his own thing. I kept it up.
My guitar influences were all over the place. I was told by many guitarist when I was young that if you want to play guitar you have to study the hero’s before you. So I dug in deep into Hendrix, Frehley, Page, Iommi, Nugent, and so many other Classic Rock guys. So I went out and boosted all these records by these artists and really listened to their styles. I used them as my basic foundation. It took the early 80’s when I was turned on to some great metal and hard rock music to move my stylings and create my own niche. It was guitarist Roger Romeo (Legz Diamond), Mark Reale (Riot), Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Gary Holt (Exodus), Mercyful Fate, Michael Schenker and others in that vein just to name a few. I think of my playing as “Ace Frehley playing in Metallica.”
I’ve been a boatload of bands and over the past few years really love what I am doing and working on my craft as best as I can. Being in the last few bands (Stymeed, Cardona, MourningWagon, Vultan) has really made me more of a creative person and is a great outlet for my mind. Its part of my therapy. I honestly think I’d lose my mind if I didn’t have my music. Plus the guys I get to play with are the best! It truly is like a family and a happy family at it.
I have also been blessed to have my radio show with me. MTRS – Maximum Threshold Radio. Wow to believe I have been at it for 13 years or something every week. It has given me the opportunity to meet some of my all time rock and entertainment heroes. People ask me who the most popular guy/gal I have interviewed. Its a real tough one, with over 1,000 interviews under my belt I think Joe Perry (Aerosmith), or even asking Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck questions at the Rock Hall Induction Ceremony are some of my favorites. Metallica was always great as well. I think that’s about it for now.