“I never really loved just playing chords. They eat up so much space, sonically and rhythmically. Doing things that were sparse was more effective to me”: Dante DeCaro on firing up his Jazzmasters for his Hot Hot Heat return

Dante DeCaro
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When Guitar World makes the call to Hot Hot Heat guitarist Dante DeCaro, he’s handling heavy lumber – but it’s not his vintage Jazzmaster, which fires out hummably haunting high-string melodies through a fog of plugin-distressed distortion.

Instead, the conversation regarding the recently reunited Canadian pop-rockers’ surprise single, Shock Me, takes place as DeCaro is lugging and installing shelves into his Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia home studio.

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Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams is a Vancouver-based arts reporter. From metal legends to emerging pop icons to the best of the basement circuit, he’s interviewed musicians across countless genres for nearly two decades, most recently with Guitar World, Bass Player, Revolver, and more – as well as through his independent newsletter, Gut Feeling. This all still blows his mind. He’s a guitar player, generally bouncing hardcore riffs off his ’52 Tele reissue and a dinged-up SG.