-Hello. My name is Trey and I sing for the psychedelic band EYEBALL.
2. What / Who made you want to sing?
-It came about out of necessity really, we didn't have a singer and I decided to give it a try and it stuck. I wasn't that great at first and am still growing as a (clean) singer, but the sound of my voice fit the style of music we play so I became the main singer in the band. I purchased a Helicon Touch Live 2 processor so I could dial up any strange vocal effects to help me cover a wide range of sounds as well, its crazy how much that unit can do.
3. Who was the first singer you saw live that gave you chills?
-Probably Perry Ferrell, I was lucky enough to be front row at the very first Lollapalooza concert right in front of him. I was a big JANE'S ADDICTION fan but had never seen them before, that show was like some kind of religious experience for me, I left that show a different person.
4. Many people say heavy music is just screaming, How would you combat that statement?
-Tell them to try it sometime!
5. If you growl or do harsh vocals, how do you keep your voice after such violent performances?
-I don't now, but I did sing that way for a few years once, I never really had any issues with being able to talk after a show, I dont' know why, the other singer in the band couldn't talk after shows but he was a heavy smoker so maybe that had something to do with it.
6. Do you have a warm up routine? Tell us about it.
-I don't really, I do try to scream once or twice while the music is loud in the club or stand by the PA system so I don't weird people out, I just try to clean out the pipes and maybe get some blood flow to my throat, it seems to help me have a stronger voice starting off. I had to learn not to over do it though. I doubt its a proper technique, but it helps me. I have some proper warm up exercises on my iPod, but its really hard to find somewhere at shows to venture off by myself and really use them the way I'd like, there are always other people in the greenroom and I feel kind of self-conscious running scales over and over in front of people, so I developed the scream method I mentioned, its quick and dirty but works in a pinch.
7. Do you think power or performance is more important?
-I think they go hand in hand, one without the other is only giving 50%, but I can see how each has its place. Power isn't needed in every genre or song, knowing when to bring it down and use a more delicate nuance is just as important. And in the studio, your "performance" is more of capturing emotion rather than being an entertainer in front of an audience. But really, they are equally important.
8. Who do you think gets unfair vocal praise, someone the world thinks is great but is not? / And who is great but does not get the credit?
-I don't know if I could say, its my opinion and not fact, these people are famous because people like them and anyone who has had success deserves to be where they are in this crazy music business, more power to them.
9. Name your top 5 vocalist.
-I like so many and my list may be different from day to day depending on my mood at the time, but right now off the top of my head in no particular order:
Kory Clarke (early)
10. Micheal Buble or Jim Gallette? Just testing your skills here.
-I guess I fail, I don't know who those people are.
11. Who do you love to listen to that would surprise people?
-Hard to say because people don't know my musical taste to begin with, I like everything from ABBA to Zappa (except for modern country music and polka).
12. If you could remove the auto-tune from any singer who would it be?
-Honestly you'd be surprised how many singer use it, its pretty much an industry standard. Of course not every singer needs it, some only sparingly, but its more common than people think. There are certain songs that really crank the threshold where you can actually hear the effect, but the technology is so good now that it can sound quite natural. I don't know if I would remove it from anyone, because if they used it they needed to, so by taking it off they are going to sound worse.
*Tell your guitarist id love to do the axewoman interview with her