Want to know more about Evanescence’s guitarist Troy McLawhorn? Troy sat down to answer some of your questions and give you the scoop! Read on to see what he has to say then check out the tour dates HERE to see when you can see him rocking in a town near you.
1. What’s your favorite song to play on stage? Right now it would be “The Change” or “Disappear”. I have always liked “The Change” because it’s a very dynamic song live and you can see the fans getting off on it when it kicks in and then feeling the groove when it breaks back down. “Disappear” is a new one in the set and we put a little work into it so its different live from the way it is arranged on the record. We have a lot of fun with it live and it is energetic.
2. When and how did you get your first guitar? The first guitar that I started to learn to play on was my Moms classical nylon stringed acoustic guitar. My Dad bought it for her but she never really played it, so I confiscated it for myself. It was pretty hard to play rock songs on because the necks on those guitars are really wide so I found a guitar at the local music store that I started bugging my parents to buy for me. It was a “Lotus” and it had the explorer body shape but it was huge. I still have it but I had to scavenge parts off of it years ago so it hasn’t been playable for years.
3. If you hadn’t joined a band, what do you think you would be doing now? Well, that is a hard question. I have always been the most comfortable and happy at the beach or around the water. If I hadn’t committed to being a musician I would probably be making surf boards in a surf shop or something. Or renting jet ski’s somewhere.
4. Who first inspired you to be a musician? I think it was my family. My Mom was a music fan and she educated me on good music as far back as I can remember. She was a rocker and her favorite band was The Beatles. My Dad was a rocker early on. They said I used to love to listen to “Iron Man” by Black Sabbath when my Dad would play it in the car on his 8 track. I was very young which is funny because my son loved that song when he was around 4 and he still loves it. I remember my Dad loving country music, though. Stuff like Willy Nelson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Johnny Cash and so on. His Dad was a guitar player. I remember him playing guitar when I was very young. My other grandfather was in a gospel group with his family and they recorded an album and I thought that was amazing! I couldn’t figure out how they got their voices onto that plastic disk or how the radio in the car worked. I thought there were little people in the dash playing the music when I was young, haha. I was always interested in music for some reason. Kiss was a big influence when I was young and I thought I wanted to play drums like Peter Criss but drums are big and expensive and I wasn’t getting a drum kit from Mom and Dad, and my best friend had been playing drums since he was 4 or 5. But the first time I heard Van Halen I knew that I wanted to be a guitar player. Eddie Van Halen is the guy that really flipped the switch for me.
5. Are there any places you haven’t traveled to yet that you want to visit, whether on tour or vacation? FIJI!!!!!!!!!! I want to go there so bad and stay in one of those little huts out on the water. Just wake up in the morning and fall out of bed into the ocean. Go scuba diving and snorkeling and eat seafood. Like I said, I am a water person. Maybe I could be a swim instructor in Fiji!
Listen to some of Troy’s favorite tracks on Spotify below!