Steve Gorman is the drummer and co-founder of the band Trigger Hippy. Trigger Hippy will be playing at Waka 2015 and recently discussed the formation of Trigger Hippy, his creative process and love of Wakarusa.
Did you come from a musical family? Were your parents musical?
What first got you interested in playing drums?
I heard the Beatles album “Help” in 1971 and started air drumming immediately to “Ticket To Ride”. That’s all it took.
How did you become involved with the Black Crowes?
I moved to Atlanta in 1987 to start a band with some friends. One of our roomates was Chris Robinson. We hit it off, and within a couple of months I switched bands to start playing with Chris and his brother, Rich. DIdn’t seem like a big decision at the time. I just felt that playing with Chris and his brother was a better fit for me.
What are some of your favorite memories of playing with the Crowes?
Too many to list, but the tour with Jimmy Page always stands out as the most fun I ever had playing music. So that’s a pretty good place to start.
How does your creative process work when songwriting?
I only write collaboratively – I don’t start songs on my own, but I help with arrangements and offer small lyrical/musical ideas as the songs are coming together. The majority of Trigger Hippy songs are written as collaborations. Everyone contributes something on just about every one of them.
You are the host of Steve Gorman SPORTS! on Fox Sports Radio. What are your favorite teams?
Baltimore Orioles, Michigan football, Western Kentucky basketball, Tennessee Titans, Nashville Predators, the entire NBA.
You are playing Wakarusa 2015 with Trigger Hippy. How did Trigger Hippy come together?
Nick Govrik, the bassist, and I shared a vision for a rock n roll band and ultimately called a couple of people – Joan and Jackie – that we really wanted to work with to see if they were interested. They both were, luckily, and after getting together a handful of times to work on song ideas, we all felt we were onto something significant.
What are you most looking forward to about Wakarusa?
I’ve already played it with The Black Crowes, so I know it’s a beautiful setting and that the fans there are quite serious about how much fun they’re having. It’s a tremendous vibe.
How do you go about creating setlists in Trigger Hippy?
Like most things with the band, someone has an idea and then the rest of us chime in. For festivals, it’s a pretty simple concept – get the crowd going and keep them going.
What have been the biggest obstacles you’ve had to overcome in your career?
I started late. I didn’t get my first drum kit until I was 21, so I had to make up a lot of ground pretty quickly. As far as the Black Crowes are concerned, our biggest obstacle was always the internal difficulties presented by the relationship between the Robinson brothers.
What advice would you give to musicians just starting out?
Work harder than you ever thought about working at anything in your life, and put all of your heart into it for as long as you can. If you’re playing music to avoid responsibility and commitment, you’re making a huge mistake.
Interview By: McClain Johnson