Ibanez: How has the writing been going for the new album?
Bill: It's heavier, catchier, everything "er" that you can think of [laughs]. This time around we have a very good bass player, which adds a lot in my opinion. I think this time around we broke all the boundaries that we couldn't break on the last album. I'm writing a lot of the songs, too. The last album was totally Chris, the other guitarist.
Ibanez: Has your approach to guitar playing gone through any changes since the last album?
Bill: The last album I was kind of forced to shred a little more than I wished to. You have to go over the top with shredding just because of the nature of the music and the scene right now. I've always been a huge fan of that style. When I was fourteen years old, I had an Yngwie Malmsteen tribute band. On this album, I'm leaning more towards the styles of Zakk Wylde and Slash. Those are the players that I really love.
Ibanez: Did you take lessons when you were younger?
Bill: I actually started taking lessons when I was ten years old, so I was really young. I had lessons with some of the best teachers in my country, which is Brazil. When I came to the States, I went to Berklee College of Music, but I dropped out after the first semester. Then, I went to Musician's Institute. Actually if you go to the Musician's Institute website, I'm on the front page as one of the success stories.
Ibanez: What were some of the things that you practiced to develop your technique?
Bill: When I was fourteen, I had the Yngwie tribute band. Then when I was sixteen, I started a Dream Theater tribute band. I also enjoyed playing a lot of fusion music by guys like Alan Holdsworth and John McLaughlin. Obviously by fourteen, no matter how hard you try you can't play that stuff [laughs]. Even though, I wasn't very successful back then, I think it was very good for my technique to try and play that stuff.
Ibanez: When did you start playing Ibanez guitars?
Bill: Ibanez was actually the second guitar that I ever had. Even before I was endorsed, I always played them. I would still be playing them, even if I wasn't endorsed.
Ibanez: What models do you currently play?
Bill: I have a Universe that I've worked to make as personal as I could. It has scalloped frets from the 12th fret to the 24th fret and different pickups. It was originally black, but I had it painted silver. I also have an RGT42 with scalloped frets and EMGs that I was endorsed on.
Ibanez: Was there anything in particular that drew you to those models?
Bill: Well, the Universe I've had for about 10 years and at the time, it was the only 7-string guitar that could be found in my country. You could probably buy a car for the price that you had to pay for those guitars in Brazil [laughs]. I picked up the RGT42 just because I really like neck-thru guitars. After I started playing neck-thru guitars, I just couldn't go back.
Ibanez: Do you like neck-thru guitars because of the sound or the feel?
Bill: Both! It has way more sustain, and it feels way easier to go to the higher frets. For the next album, I wrote a couple of solos on the RGT42. When I tried to play them on the Universe, I kind of had a hard time with it. It's possible, but it's a little harder.
Ibanez: How do you and Chris tend to differentiate your roles as guitar players in the band?
Bill: I think Chris and I being in the same band is the best thing that could have happened, because Chris is more of an American thrash/death metal guy. He's a really, really good rhythm guitar player, and I learned a lot by having to learn his rhythm parts. Up to a point in my life, all I cared about was solos and shredding. When I had to learn Chris's rhythm parts, I realized that there was an aspect of metal guitar that I wasn't that good at. As far as leads go, he doesn't really want to be a shredder, but he comes up with really good solos. I think he and I are like the beauty and the beast [laughs], because when I joined the band he wanted me to be the shredder and show off and do the things that he couldn't do. It's just been a perfect situation.
Ibanez: What do you guys have coming up this year?
Bill: We're playing the ProgPower festival in October. ProgPower has been my dream since I was a kid. When I first heard about it, I really wanted to play it, but I was stuck in the jungle of Brazil [laughs]. They're not going to bring me from there. Other than that, we're just concentrating on working on the next album.
Ibanez: Any words of advice for young musicians?
Bill: Young musicians...just sit in your room and study that guitar. After you've played enough and you realize that you're good, then go out there and start playing live. That to me is a big problem for a lot of musicians. They're really good in their bedroom, but when they play live they freak out and aren't that good. Play in front of people and play standing up. Playing in your room is good, but let people hear how good you are.
Ibanez: Anything to add?
Bill: If you're not familiar with Cellador's music, you can check us out at www.cellador.com or on our MySpace page at www.myspace.com/cellador. I hope to see you all on the road and rock on!