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Sal Coz Costa - My Darkest Days Interview

Brian Toye
June 15, 2011

Brian Toye Interview Series / June 12, 2011

Sal Coz Costa is the lead guitarist of breakthrough band My Darkest Days The 2009 97.7HTZFM Rock Search Winners from the GTA went on to produce an album with Chad Kroeger and Joey Moi. Thier single "Porn Star Dancing" featured Ludacris, Zakk Wylde and Chad Kroeger. Thier single went Gold and Platinum within weeks of release in the States. They have finished thier North American Tour with Three Days Grace/Trapt/Papa Roach and have just begun thier European Tour.

Brian - As a guitarist, what is one thing you have learned about the music industry that you would like to have told your younger self?

Sal - To practise and give up everything else if you want to make it your career. There are many great players, but you have to stand out. The type of time you need to make this happen doesn't allow time for other activities... It sucks, but it's true.

Brian - How important is collaboration and teamwork in the process of writing and recording an album? Are there arguments about riffs/leads? how do you resolve ego driven arguments to discover what is best for the song?

Sal - Collaboration is key! Both with your band, and people not in your band. We all try to keep our egos in check. We all want what is best for the band as whole, and we do what is necessary to make that happen. If you think of things in that light, then there isn't much to argue about. We argue sometimes when we're on the road because we all live together. It's like a family.

Brian - Having been on the road for almost a year now after the release of My Darkest Days self-titled debut album, what can you tell aspiring teen and pre-teens who dream of life as a rocker?

Sal - It's not easy. You lose touch with friends, family, and your close ones. I haven't been able to see all the stages my nieces have gone through growing up, and it breaks my heart. While all these great experiences are happening to me on the road, it's sad when you can't always share them with your loved ones. Like a soldier at war if you will. But - I feel so lucky to be where I am and I wouldn't trade it for anything.

Brian - Do you write music on the road? Does it stem from jamming during sound check and/or do you have scheduled writing sessions on the bus?

Sal - We've been writing a lot on the road, but not by jamming. Most of the ideas stem from programming via Garage band or strumming on acoustics. It's a different approach. But I think we're coming up with some great stuff.

Brian - On your next album, have you thought about who you would like as producer/engineer? Who would you like to work with in the future?

Sal - We'd all love to work with Chad Kroeger and Joey Moi again. They are awesome. Why try and fix something that isn't broken?

Check out the videos under the Services tab at for their extended version of "Porn Star Dancing"