I was lucky enough to catch up with Tim Tournier of Man the Mighty on his return after working with Slipknot and Stone Sour at Download festival and Here´s what the musician at Fret12 had to say about his world.
Where did the name Man the Mighty come from?
I came up with it when I was 15; we had a gig and needed a name… It just kind of stuck! The other guys always hated it…. I told them that we will keep it until they came up with something better, they never did.
Why and when did you start playing?
I wanted to play ever since I first saw Back to the Future when I was about 5 or 6…. It was the moment in the start of the movie when Marty McFly was blown across the room when he plugged into the huge amp… then he rode a skate board on the back of a blue jeep… It was a done deal in my book after seeing that.
My uncles always played, so when I was about 8 they would teach me Metallica riffs… I begged my mum for a guitar for a few years but It wasn’t until Christmas in 94 that my family all pitched in and got me a black on black Fender squire strat and a crate amp.( I still have the guitar, I gave the amp to charity for Music in public schools a few years back.)
My mum somehow found a way to get me and keep me in lessons for the next 10 years with a man whom by chance is a Jazz Guitar legend – Dan McIntyre. I owe 100% of my chops, out look on music and versatility to him.
Who are your musical inspirations?
Tremonti has always been at the top of the list, Jeff Buckley, JoePass, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Monk, Jim Root, Damien Rice…. it’s a never ending list…. Miles Davis… I can keep going…
Did I Am Icarus turn out how you had envisioned it?
I’m never happy with anything. Once I record a song, get it mixed, Mastered and back to me, I have written more parts I wish I could have on the song…
The record it self is very close to me. I wrote every song over 6 months time, I had just gotten out of a very long, very passionate yet toxic relationship that I had been in since I was 17 years old, signed a record deal with a major label that turned to shit and I had to spend my life savings to get out of, lost one of my best friends to drugs…. for the first time in my life I felt all hope fleeting. I needed to talk about that feeling but was too proud to actually talk to someone, so I wrote this Opus in hopes it would help. It did.
I wanted this record to be my finest hour, I wanted it to challenge my playing, writing and push me to become a better lyricist. I feel that was accomplished but only because my Band mates saw what I was doing and what I needed to work out. They helped by letting me lead.
Who came up with the idea to name the album I Am Icarus?
I did, it’s classic Tournier. Overly theatrical. Everyone knows the story of Icarus and in this case I felt my story on the record was the same. Being so close and yet so far, thus I am Icarus.
Are you planning on touring Europe in the near future?
That’s a label question! If we can move some records over there we will… I know Ghosts has been picked up by radio over seas… if the people want it, I’ll deliver.
What was the first record you ever bought?
The Crow Soundtrack with my own money. I fell in love with The Cure, Rage and Pantera because of that record.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Playing guitar in a club some place, raising my daughter Mara. Writing songs on a bus some where with her sleeping in a bunk… that would be lovely.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Play guitar… I try to see my friends when I’m home. Go to the gym… normal stuff. Zombie movies…
What’s the hardest thing about being in a band?
I’m away from home so much. I bought a house and have to sleep in a hotel some place so I can pay for it!
I miss my Daughter like crazy when I tour.
BUT I’m lucky and my band mates are my best friends… and when I’m with other bands – I have been lucky to work with only class acts that treat their people well.
Finally…one for fun
If you were stranded on a desert island and were only allowed 3 items….what would those items be?
A phone – Fully Charged, Motorboat – Fully fuelled and a Taylor 814 with 10 sets of strings in the case and a photo of my family taped to its back.
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