Voodoo Queen Digital Magazine's Interview with Ty Fury guitarist and back up vocals for TRAPT
VQDM: I have seen the many bands you have played for as well as done guitar tech for, how did you find yourself with Trapt?
Ty: I began my life with Trapt as their Guitar Tech. Teching was something I was doing to stay involved in the industry while I was not playing in a band. I found a passion in it. And its something I love to do and still do to this day. Im very involved with our crew as well.
Ty: I was teaching for In This Moment when I met Jeremy Jerme, who works for Breaking Benjamin now….he was on the ITM crew and after i left that crew, he called me and asked If I wanted to tech for Trapt. I was in Denver working as a Food and Beverage manager at the time, so i was excited for the opportunity.
I got the job, of course, and about a couple of weeks in, Chris asked me to learn the set and told me he wanted me to play guitar for them. I obliged, and the rest is history. I've been the guitarist for a little over 2 years or so.
VQDM: When you were young was playing guitar the first goal you had or did you play other instruments as well?
Ty: My goal as a guitarist was always to play in a big band. I had local bands, some were somewhat successful, but I always knew I would grow into something bigger. I knew I had the skills and attitude to rise in the industry, and Im continuing to do so. I was good at every instrument I picked up. From drums to the clarinet. Although the guitar was the most fun. I thought id be a drummer and I was for a while, but the guitar was easier to load….and I wanted to walk around on stage. I knew I was going to be a guitarist and become an asset to any band.
VQDM: As a musician going from different styles as well as different positions over the years has it been easier dealing with people in the industry as you have grown?
Ty: Dealing with other people in the industry has been instrumental in my career. Its important to know what other roles there are out there. And to understand that everyone's job is important. Its all about maintaining relationships and becoming indispensable to people. I've learned from all of the people i meet. From managers to crew, and sound guys, I appreciate all jobs and everyone has something they can teach you. I see myself as a “go to” guy in my band, because i know a little about everything and will always find an answer to any problem.
Ty: I think the main thing is that having the different jobs allows you to appreciate the hard work that other people do that bring the show together as a whole. Mainly, teaching has been a big thing for me to have done to respect my current crew and I have been in their shoes so I try to always relate to the pressure and hard work that they go through. We couldn’t do it without our crew and I love them like family.
VQDM: Was there one moment in your musical history that may have caused you to throw the towel in and quit?
Ty: I've had setbacks. And it is very frustrating at times. When those moments arise, I try to be grateful for where I am right now, and how far I've come. Its hard to get along with everybody, and I’ve had arguments and even fights in my time. Sure, I’ve thought about quitting bands, and jobs, but when the going gets tough, the tough gets going….as they say.
Its important to always keep in mind how fortunate you are to have the job you do, this is a gift, and I try to remember that when it set to the worst of times.
Ty: I think the one moment Ive had was when i had a fight with a band member, and I made them leave me in a certain town. I watched them drive off and I was relieved, but also a little upset.
but it wasn’t until the next morning that I realized how stupid that was. Fortunately we both felt that i wanted to continue and I showed up the next day, after driving for 7 hours to the gig. It was difficult, but i think we all got over it and are glad it didn’t end right there.
VQDM: On the road do you have a favorite comfort food that reminds you of home or holidays?
Ty: Im not a big home or holiday guy. I think the best thing for me is actually finding new foods on the road, and looking forward to eating those things and at those places again. I think its the opposite for me, the road food Ive had is a comfort food that reminds me of the road. Probably searching out good sushi places is my favorite. But as I write this I do realize that the sushi places remind me of someone and some times Ive had while not on the road…so maybe a little of both.
VQDM: Have you ever thought of doing anything else as you get older profession wise?
Ty: I have to do music. its all I know, and all i love. I have tried to see myself doing something else….but it just won’t make me happy. Playing or working on a crew is something i hope to do until I’m old and have enough money to retire and then just play by myself and life in a good state of mind.
Ty: Ive tried to see myself having a family and raising kids, having a normal job, but thats just not something I want in my life right now. Things may change later, but I’m still young and hungry for musical success.
VQDM: In social media the one thing I noticed on your personal page is how much credit and appreciation you give to others. In music that is sometimes a rare find. What makes you interact so personally with your fans and followers?
Ty: I am very interactive with my/our fans. I appreciate them, and always give them my time and listen to what they have to say. I love meeting these people. I love meeting other band members and people in the industry. I owe it all to them. The popularity comes with being down to earth and respectful of the people that have supported you along the way. I may have bad days, and maybe some people have experienced different from me. But i would say 99 percent of the time I am excited to meet my and and see my friends, and have time with them. Anyone who doesn’t do this is in the wrong business. Its all about who you know and maintaining those relationships. You never know who you are talking to and how that attitude you give them may affect your career. As in life, treat everyone how you want to be treated. Any good I can do to other humans, let me do it now, let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
VQDM: If you could teach a group of young inspiring musicians would you teach them how to play, how to cope with life in this industry, or how to be skilled in social media?
Ty: I would teach them how to cope with the industry. Because there are a lot of people that are not good players, but great people persons. And there are a lot of people that are not good at social media, but are great in the other areas. Although it benefits one to have all of those skills and they go hand in hand, its important to understand how difficult this industry can be, and how much frustration may come. Just being patient, and having the drive to learn and also learning respect can push your career further than you could ever know.
VQDM: Has there been anyplace you have toured that you would love to go back to and play?
Ty: I would love to tour overseas again. I hope to soon. The people over there are different and interesting and the crowds were amazing. Anywhere outside of the US is an amazing experience to play and visit.
VQDM: How do you see yourself in the next five years?
Ty: I see myself growing as a guitarist and becoming more utilized with other artists. I will hopefully be playing with country artists, and other rock bands, and even doing studio work. I want to be very busy, so busy that I am exhausted, because at the end of the day I know I have accomplished something with my time that day. I want to have a much more stable life as a guitarist. Right now I live tour to tour, and hopefully I can have enough work and credits to maintain a steady lifestyle.
VQDM: Which band that you have played with in the past do you miss the most?
Ty: Dirty Little Rabbits. That band was amazing, and my band members, including Mike Pfaff, who was the best musician I’ve ever met and had the honor to play with, and M. Shawn Crahan ( who is Clown from Slipknot) as our drummer taught me so much as a band member and as a musician.
VQDM: Is there anything new coming that you would be able to share publically as far as you and music?
Ty: I'm planning on promoting myself more as a solo guitarist, on the side of Trapt. I want to release all of the songs I have written over the years that never made it to a band. I have a lot of music that isn’t right for the bands I'm in, and I hope those songs get out into the world soon.
VQDM: Who do you see yourself as if you had to compare yourself to a superhero?
Ty: If there is a superhero called - go-to-guy, I would be him. I"m always up for any challenge and will try to solve any and anyones problems. Ill take on anyone…haha.
VQDM: Is there a story you would like to share for any crazy mishaps on stage?
Ty: There are always crazy mishaps and accidents. Ive fallen off of stage, had things go haywire, broke strings and had to change guitars in the middle of a song, which is embarrassing as well as a momentum killer for me and the band. But the worst feeling is being a guitar tech and handing someone the wrong guitar. That has gotten me fired before. Its something you always want to go back and rectify, but it happened, and I learned from it.
VQDM: Your final question, what drives you the most to do what you do?
Ty: What drives me the most is being understood as a musician. By my peers and the people I love. Nothing feels better than someone saying “I get it.” When someone asks me to play guitar for them, that is a great feeling. Playing for the one person I love would be something I could do for the rest of my life. And I hope to be able to do that one day.
Voodoo Queen Digital Magazine- Jan-2017