Music Marco Battaglia, 28, bass player for Dark Mirror. Zach Boyden-Holmes/Juice

Marco Battaglia, 28, bass player for Dark Mirror. Zach Boyden-Holmes/Juice

Three questions with … Marco Battaglia

Published on October 15th, 2013 | by Joe Lawler

Marco Battaglia, 28, is the bass player for Dark Mirror, headlining the second day of Rocktoberfest, which starts at 4:20 p.m. Sunday at Krazee Kafe, 1410 Broadway Ave.

Q: What first attracted you to metal?

When I was in school one of my best friends gave me the album “Rest in Peace” by Megadeth for a birthday present. Shortly after that I was in Little League with a kid whose grandma worked for Sony. He had got his hands on the whole Iron Maiden catalog at that time, and he said “You like metal, do you want this?” It set me off on a love affair from there. I don’t know too many kids that age that listened to Iron Maiden. It was a great day, for sure.

Q: Dark Mirror just announced its third album will be out before the end of the year. How does it compare to your first two?

We’re still not 100 percent sure on the date, but it’s been an ordeal trying to finish the record independently. We just do it for the love. We had a world of hang-ups and problems and just one thing after another. We’re still always playing, always having fun and always working on it. The big difference is we have a different vocalist, Adam Taylor, than our first two. A lot of people follow a band just based on the vocalist, but Dark Mirror has always been about a group of guys making music we like.

Q: Outside of metal, what are your musical tastes like?

If I had to pick one favorite artist, it would probably be Warren Zevon. I love a lot of classic rock, John Mellencamp, Tom Petty, Bob Seger. I used to work for Iowa Public Radio, and that broke down any and all genres for me.

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