Mike Tramp has been in three bands and feels it’s the equivalent of being married three times
Former Mabel, White Lion and Freaks of Nature frontman Mike Tramp was recently interviewed by Andrew DiCecco for Vinyl Writer Music. Trampwas promoting his new “best of” album Everything Is Alright, which was just released via Target Records on May 21, 2021.
Tramp was in Mabel from 1976 to 1982 during which time the group released five studio albums. He was also in White Lion from 1983 to 1992 and 1999 to 2013. White Lion released five studio albums of new material including one platinum selling album (Pride in 1987) and one gold record (Big Game in 1989). Tramp was also in Freaks of Nature from 1992 to 1996. That band released three albums during that time span. Since 1997, Tramp has released 12 solo studio records.
In terms of what was the inspiration for him to pursue his solo career and own projects, Tramp indicated: “I’ve been in three bands. That’s equivalent to being married three times, where the first one takes the mansion, the second one takes the children, the third one takes the bank account. You’ve got nothing left after that, and I said, “I’m not starting over.” So, the second that I start writing for myself, I don’t have to think anymore; I am just me. Everything Mike Tramp writes is on those solo albums. I’m not trying to be Springsteen or anything like that; I’m just saying I identify with it because that’s the sound I grew up [along] with Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and Dylan; this is the stuff my mom introduced me to. This is how I learned to play guitar; it’s also where my limitation of playing guitar ends. That’s where I am as a solo artist, and that’s how I want to sound as a solo artist.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Mike Tramp at Vinyl Writer Music‘s website.