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Arion Salazar first picked up his first instrument around the age of three. "As soon as I was old enough to lift it," he explains. Salazar came from a musical family, and his dad played in bands throughout Arion's childhood. He got into playing bass after he'd been playing guitar for a couple of months. "It seemed like everyone was playing guitar, bass is like drums and guitar in one." He states, "I never really took bass lessons, I just learned the Rush album, Exit Stage Left." His friends were shocked at the speed with which he learned the entire album, but, "I've been listening to music more than anything else-watching T.V. playing outside, or anything since I was born," Salazar explains. "So it just kind of comes easy to me."

Salazar joined Third Eye Blind in 1993 after playing in various local bands since he was eighteen. Grateful for the experience he gained throughout those years, Salazar had the opportunity to "work with really talented musicians that pushed and inspired me to be better myself. I learned a whole lot." He continues to stay creative by drawing inspiration from simply playing music. "I'm always down to play for the song and that's my number one priority, but right there along with that I want to do something interesting; something beautiful, and something that makes a statement." Salazar looks to see the value and art in all kinds of music. "You get to the point where you just have to grow up and realize that there is great music all around you and it could be in any format." He also gets inspiration from watching films. "Watching great actors and filmmakers can be as inspirational as music," Salazar asserts. Salazar is looking forward to kicking the tasty sides from the new album onstage with Third Eye Blind fans. "I just dig when other folks dig our scene, you dig," he explains. For Salazar, the band's new album is a step forward. He's proud and excited and "feeling nummy" about the bold new sounds and vibes, and the newer, deeper, wetter feel to the music. "It doesn't sound like more of the same. That keeps it fresh for me, the fact that this record is different from the last one." As for the near future, Salazar confides, " I don't see any obstacles for the new album. I just wanna go rock it live for our peoples."

Previous Bands: Risk, Lovely Lads, Curveball, Acme Pimps Inc., Fungo Mungo