Forget about basketball, brackets and March Madness! The place you will want to be on March 19 is the John F. Savage Arena in Toledo, Ohio! This weekend, Trixter will share the stage with other bands of the glam metal era for a full day of rock. I spoke with PJ Farley, bassist of Trixter, who shared with me details of the Human Era Tour, the role of a bass player and lessons from the road!
Hi PJ! What’s up? I hope you’re doing well! Thank you for your time.
Q: Trixter is currently on the Human Era Tour, correct? How many dates are scheduled?
A: Well, we have already done two this year and have around six or seven lined up with more coming in.
Q: Rock the Arena at the John F. Savage Arena in Toledo Ohio, is your maiden voyage for the spring set of dates. Tell me about the anticipation of a tour’s opening night.
A: With us (and all the bands in our genre) it’s an ongoing process so there is no real start or finish to speak of. I will say that we are excited every time we are about to take the stage as if it were “opening night” so I guess every show is opening night! lol. This show in particular is going to be fun for many reasons:)
Q: I noticed in your schedule that Trixter is playing Rockfest 80s in Sunrise, Florida. It looks like a powerhouse lineup. Can you tell me some information about this two-day event?
A: These events are very common as I’m sure you’re aware. We look forward to doing them. We get to hang with our friends in the other bands and catch their sets and just have a good time. This will be the first big one we have done in Florida in a very long time so we are stoked!
Q: When was your last tour and what’s something you gained from the experience?
A: Last tour…..hmmm. I”d say it was about 2 years ago where I went out for more than just a long weekend. Was with my other band RA. As far as gaining experience, I’d say that it was more of just having a better grip on touring and Tour Managing. At this point in my life, I have so many miles and tours under my belt that I’m in a very comfortable place handling any situation that can turn up. Not to sound “been there done that” but I feel at home on the road which sounds silly but I’ve been doing it so long that the experience of time itself has put me in a good place.
Q: PJ, bass players are sometimes not given enough credit for their contributions in a band. Do you think a bassist yearns to create a memorable riff or is it about suave subtlety?
A: Some do. I generally don’t think like that. It takes a certain type of personality to be the bass player. We aren’t in the “ look at me” position and you don’t notice what we are playing until we hit a bad note!! The bass is mainly the supporting role but sometimes you get lucky and are given a space to make your mark and THAT’S how it should be approached in my opinion.
Q: Do you play bass exclusively or do you play other instruments as well?
A: My first love is playing drums. it’s what I started on, gradually playing guitar and then moving to bass. I’m kind of a jack of all trades and master of none, haha. I just love to play them all. I’m competent enough on each to get my point and ideas across.
Q: Tell me how the Hollywood, Sunset Strip scene of the late 80s has influenced Trixter’s sound.
A: It [the Hollywood scene] played a roll in the sense that our genre was born out there so of course we were influenced. However, we are influenced more so from Van Halen than the late 80’s era.
Q: Referring back to Rock the Arena, you’ll be seeing some familiar faces on March 19 such as Warrant and FireHouse. When you reunite with artists with whom you’ve previously collaborated, do you have a chance to bounce ideas off one another?
A: Absolutely! There is a great camaraderie with all the bands nowadays. We are all just happy to be out playing, having fun and making money so it has eliminated any sort of ego or detachment that might have existed in the earlier days.
Q: What is the most challenging aspect of festival or arena style shows for you?
A: We call them “throw & go’s” because you get no soundcheck, you play on rented gear and there is no time for technical difficulty. At this point we are all so used to them that it’s second nature but there is a bit of a challenge going up blind.
Q: Lastly PJ, how does Trixter keep the energy alive amidst the stresses of touring and is there a time in your career that you have enjoyed being on the road most?
A: Fortunately enough, we are still fairly young lol and still passionate and I think that’s the main ingredient. It’s pretty safe to say that my favorite time touring was when we used to just get on the bus and be gone for months on end. We were in a groove playing every night and the band really locks in.
I want to extend my thanks once more PJ! Is there anything else you would like to add?
A: Thanks for listening!! Keep an eye on our social media for some very cool news!
Writer: Amanda Knight @AmandaJill82
Photo Credit ©Jason Evans Photography