MsBrandyRock: How did you get your stage name?
Piggy D: The first touring band I was in, in Texas, I was 16 years old. The band was called Spunk. All the guys in the band were 8 to 10 years older than me and their slogan that was painted on the side of their kick drum said ‘Burly Pig Rock’. Since I was the youngest guy in the band they would haze me, kinda like fraternity initiations. When I would fall asleep in the van, they would write with permanent maker ‘the burly piglet’ on my chest, draw a pig, cut my hair, all kinds of horrible things. And it just stuck they called me Piglet. And it stuck through every band I was in. And I knew a hundred Matt’s so it was just easier, ‘oh this Piglet guy’.
MsBrandyRock: So you decided to go with Piggy instead of Piglet?
Piggy D: Yeah, it would insinuate that not only am I very small but I’m also very young, which I’m not anymore.
MsBrandyRock: How did you cross paths with Rob Zombie?
Piggy D: I met him as a fan years ago, when I was a kid, several times. But I met him through some mutual friends. His old bass player and I got to be friends and actually did some writing together for Rob, 3 years prior to me being in the band. His bass player called me up one day; I’m actually a guitar player. He was like ‘hey I’m gonna join Ozzy’s band, do you want to take over for me?’ And I’m like well I’m not a bass player.
MsBrandyRock: Blasko right?
Piggy D: Yeah, and he was like you can do it. He asked if I could be there tomorrow. I was in Boston at the time making a record. I flew out to LA and two weeks later I did David Letterman with Rob and that was it. That was 4 and a half years ago.
MsBrandyRock: Do you prefer to play guitar or bass?Piggy D: The more time that goes by, I’m actually considering myself a bass player. Guitar is always going to be my first instrument and I write on a guitar. When I’m at home I play guitar. I don’t know. I guess I like them both equally now.
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