We had the good fortune of connecting with Troy Richardson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Troy, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
There’s almost no choice … we could do something else and be guaranteed to be miserable or we can pursue our art and have a shot at being happy — or at least a shot at not being completely miserable every day. As far as making it this far, I’m happily surprised. I worked at a restaurant in Minnesota when I was in high school. It was filled with people who were “just taking a year off” from college. They never went back. Whatever I did, I wanted to make sure I went to college right after high school. I didn’t think I was a particularly good musician, but I knew I loved music. I applied to Berklee College of Music in Boston and got in, amazingly enough. I didn’t know if I’d have the talent or money to finish, but I figured there’d always be a restaurant job waiting for me later. It would be an adventure either way. It turns out, I did okay and graduated with a degree in songwriting.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Well, as far as lessons go … I learned being drunk every day was a bad career move. I could have learned that a little earlier, but oh well. I feel as if I really got serious about music nine years ago when I quit drinking. I don’t think anyone feels it was easy to get where they are. It’s a lot of work, even for people who are set up quite well for success. I’m proud of every show TruckerBomb has done. People have noticed the songs set us apart from other bands. I have a talented group of musicians with me, too. I couldn’t do it without them. As far as being excited, I’m really excited about the new songs that are coming and getting in the studio again. The best stuff I’ve ever done is coming out soon. No one is more critical of my songs than I am, and I couldn’t be happier about what I’m creating.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well, I’m sure my best friend would want to see what I’m up to, so I’d visit Reseda Ranch Studios and cut a track. Probably hanging out for a whole song isn’t as fun for everyone as it is for me, so maybe just an overdub or something. I’ll assume this is “normal times” and everything is open. TruckerBomb plays The Redwood in DTLA a lot, so I’d try to book something there. All the food there is pretty good, but the fish and chips is my favorite. We play the Maui Sugar Mill in Tarzana pretty often, so I’d try to hit that spot. Either place always has good bands, whether we are one of them or not. I’d take my friend on a tour of LA pizza to dispel the rumors of it not being any good. Greco’s in Hollywood is cheap and excellent. It reminds me of east coast pizza a lot. I like Rocco’s in Culver City, plus they have great pasta and wings. Mama’s on Motor Ave in West LA in good, too. If we want to get fancy, we’ll go to Mozza in Hollywood — just the pizza side. The regular restaurant is priced more for guys who’ve won a Grammy. No LA trip is complete without Mexican food and sushi. El Compadre on Sunset is a classic. Maybe get ice cream at Mashti Malone’s afterward. Sushi Zo is my secret spot for the best sushi in town.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
To make a long story short, my single mom moved in with her boyfriend when I was in high school and I needed a place to live. By way of a neighbor, two teachers who had never met me before welcomed me into their home. That was Jack and Dee Gause and they’ve been like parents to me ever since. No kid, or adult for that matter, can get very far without a home base. Like, some kind of safety net or a place to crash if everything goes to hell. I mean that both literally and emotionally. Pat Pattison was my lyric writing teacher in college. I don’t think I would have had the courage to stick with it if he hadn’t expressed his approval as I was finding my voice and style as a songwriter. I’m not a natural singer by any means. Mark Baxter in Boston and Fabienne Grisel in Los Angeles have helped me get to the pro level I’m at now. I’d just be a bass player who sings a few backups otherwise.
Other: All the music and everything else at: https://linktr.ee/truckerbomb