Mike Tramp ( the voice of White Lion ) Dos Amigos Spain Tour 2019
As someone who has gambled his life and given his heart and soul to rock n roll, Tramp is philosophical when pondering what rock n roll has given him in return. “To me it is my lifestyle, a pair of glasses that I view life through, a pair of boots that take me to where I want to go and a religion that allows you freedom to follow your heart and do what you want.”
Mike Tramp – “a life of no limits, rules or compromises”.
* New studio album from Mike Tramp (the voice of White Lion and Freak
* Tramp is staying true to the roots of rock’n’roll on this album and no
fans of his previous albums will be disappointed.
* 100+ shows planned in 2019 supporting the new album, starting off in
the US in February and March with 22 shows following a large UK tour
and European shows and festivals.
* Big international marketing, PR and advertising campaign will be
supporting the album.
* First single "Dead End Ride" will be released on the 25th of January
and a top notch music video.
Mike Tramp has spent a significant portion of the last twenty years
studiously carving out a solid solo career for himself as a
singer/songwriter. Having long turned his back on the temptation to dwell
on former arena-filling glories and extremely comfortable with his chosen
path, it matters not to the Dane these days, whether he’s playing a small
café in some far-flung town in France or a large outdoor Summer festival
in his native Denmark. Mike Tramp is happy being Mike Tramp.
“Many years ago I realized that going back to basics, demanding nothing
and being surprised if there was a tray of sandwiches in the dressing
room was the way forward,” he smiles.
“I’ve played a role on stage in the past – my upbringing on Freddie
Mercury and David Bowie allowing me to stand on stage and perform –
but you can’t carry that rock star stuff off in tiny clubs. You have to be the
same guy on stage who came in the front door, went through the crowd
to get to that stage and leaves through the same route afterwards.
Maybe,” he laughs, “selling a T-shirt on the way out”
“The audiences embraced that approach” he adds. “It was the real deal.
Besides, I’m just a kid from Copenhagen who never really felt
comfortable in the back of a limousine. I want to be the guy who goes out
on stage and is simply the person I am, with the ability to pull the songs
out of my pocket in the spirit of the moment and not just the songs
I have to play.”
Since first embarking on his solo journey in 1997 with the excellent
“Capricorn” album, Tramp completely re-invented himself as a
singer/songwriter in his own right with 2002’s “Recovering The Wasted
Years”. “More To Life Than This” and the double live album “Rock ’N’ Roll
Alive” both followed a year later; with “Songs I Left Behind” appearing in
2004. However, in 2009 Mike reappeared seemingly fronting a new band
with 2009’s “Rock ‘N Roll Cirkuz” project. Yet appearances can be deceptive....
“Once I had started recording that album it took a different turn to the
more recent albums I’d been making at that time. That band I’d
assembled took things to a different level. It was almost akin to having a
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers feel to it, a little more energetic but
not that far away from my other albums. But I was reminded on the
second album (2011’s “Stand Your Ground”) as to what it takes to keep a
band together, especially when you’re no longer a 21 year old kid. So
that’s why I took charge again on “Cobblestone Street” and in order to
fully establish myself on my own again”
2013’s “Cobblestone Street” began a run of albums that has
subsequently included “Museum” (2014), “Nomad” (2015) and “Maybe
Tomorrow” (2017) that have been consistent in their look, feel and a
sound that although centres on some of the finest, acoustic based yet
hauntingly melodic songs you’ll ever hear also – refreshingly so - make
the odd diversion into previously unexplored territory. In the case of
“Museum” that just happened to be a fantastic slice of funk rock in the
brilliantly rendered “Down South”.
“Cobblestone Street” is one of the most important albums I’ve ever done”
states Mike. “That’s because it took me back to where I came from. As a
kid I had no plans of becoming a rock star in a rock band, it just
happened, as I had, in a way, almost a folk background. Each album I’ve
recorded since “Cobblestone Street” hasn’t really run too far away from it,
other than the production on the subsequent records may have just got
bigger; perhaps because there’s a fuller sound”.
Mike’s new album, “Stray From The Flock”, essentially takes that
“Cobblestone Street” template one step further. It’s also an album that
pretty much wrote itself. “I picked up the guitar and the songs just started
flying out of me. I thought ‘fuck! There’s an album that wants to come out
of here!’”, Tramp laughs. Mike will, of course, be touring in support of
“Stray From The Flock”, but as with his previous solo excursions there
won’t be any explosions, moving drum risers or confetti bombs on stage.
There will just be a guy standing in the middle being the real deal. That
guy is Mike Tramp.
"Stray From The Flock" is the new studio album from Mike Tramp.
Released on the 1st of March on CD, LP, digital and cassette (!).
Recorded at Ark Studio in Denmark and mixed in Sweden by Peter
"Why do you write another song when you’ve already written 500? Where
do you find passion when you’ve done it all, and what is the point to
record and release and new album, in a time when nothing is like it once
was. I tell you why! Because it is who I am and it is what I do. I am a
singer, I am a songwriter and I am a rock’n’roller. I have said this before
and say it again. I am a torchbearer of my musical heroes. The seed they
planted in me keeps growing and I keep going on and on”.
“The songs on “Stray From The Flock” simply poured out of me. There
was no way I could stop them, I simply had to record a new album for the
songs to have a home. “Stray From The Flock” continues where “Maybe
Tomorrow” ended. I have no plans of steering away from the sound and
songs I have made on now 11 solo albums. I want the fans to know that
when they reach for a Mike Tramp album on the shelves, no matter which
one, they will always get who I am, and each and every album represent
who I am, and “Stray From The Flock” is where I am at in 2019. When I
recorded my first solo album 22 years ago, I made the point that I would
always stand by my lyrics and my lyrics is my stand in life”.
“The musicians on the album are all my close friends who lent their talent
to my music, and this time I asked many of the guitar players I have
worked with through the many years, to each leave their stamp on my
songs. It made it fresh and interesting.", Mike Tramp, January 2019