Torie Jock Interview 19/11/21
MM: Can you tell us about your Band and whos your biggest influences
Hi! I’m Torie Jock and I’m thrilled to be here today! There are so many great artists that have influenced me in more ways than one! I would say that the artists that have had the greatest impact in shaping my sound would be, Cher, Joan Jett, Alanis Morissette, and Amy Winehouse. When I started singing at nine, my vocal coach actually thought I may be tone deaf. I had a really hard time learning to sing. I ended up quitting, and shortly after I saw the movie Burlesque, starring Cher, I absolutely fell in love! I started singing Welcome to Burlesque in my living room one day, and my mom ran out of the kitchen and said, “You sound just like Cher!” We called my old vocal coach and asked her to listen to me sing it, and when she did, she said, “We can work with this.” For some reason, I was able to hear the notes in Cher’s music. I never would’ve learned to sing if it wasn’t for her music. I was actually hired by a Cher Tribute Company to be a Mini Cher impersonator when I was eleven! I started getting really into 80s rock when I was about twelve, and I stumbled upon Joan Jett. I thought she was the coolest chick I had ever seen! I loved her image and her rock ‘n roll attitude! Her music and style was what really made me want to be a rock ‘n roller! Alanis Morissette’s lyrics blow me away. Jagged Little Pill was an album of choice for me starting at the age of two. As I got older, I realized how brilliantly written her lyrics are. Her lyrics speak to me on a level I cannot even explain. I wanted to write like that! Or, at least try! I also loved her unique sound and the fact that she had a voice and certain vocal qualities that no one could replicate. I remember asking my vocal coach at nine when I first started with her if she could teach me to sing an Alanis song … The look on her face was priceless! I got into Amy Winehouse’s music around eleven. When I hit about fourteen, I was told by a lot of people that I had a blues/jazzy quality to my voice. I loved Amy’s music, and I liked the idea of trying to incorporate a jazzy sound into my rock music. An incredible artist, gone too soon.
MM: Where do you draw your inspirations and ideas from
I only ever write what I know. Life and personal experiences inspire me to write my lyrics.
MM: What would you say is your Bands favourite song ?
I don’t think we could all agree on a favorite song … LOL!
MM: Plans tour and festival wise for 2021
We have a benefit gig coming up on August 7th in Salem, New Hampshire! We also have a gig on September 25th at a local music hall. Many more dates to come!
MM: What can we expect from (Torie Jock) live
Expect a good time! I entertain my audiences as best I can. I think it is just as important to perform as it is to be on your game musically.
MM: What do you like best and worst abt touring
I haven’t been on a tour yet, but I look forward to it!
MM: Which three Bands would be your ultimate touring buddies
Oh man, that’s tough! First would be Leaving Eden, of course! As for the other two, I think it would be awesome to tour with Joan Jett and Motley Crue. It would most likely be a WILD tour!
MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own) and why
I saw Motley Crue and Alice Cooper in concert when I was fifteen. It was INSANE! Alice Cooper is an incredible performer … Really loved watching him … I am totally in love with Nikki Sixx, so breathing the same air as him was crazy to me … I also got beer spilled all down my back from some group of drunk guys behind us … That was pretty memorable … LOL!
MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far with
I think recording and completing my new and unreleased album, Damaged Goods, was my biggest accomplishment so far. I co-wrote the album with my manager, Eric Gynan, from Leaving Eden and I was signed to Dark Star Records/Sony/Universal Worldwide Distribution! A single, Outta Control, off of that album is available now worldwide!
MM: Which are your Two favourite Albums of all time
That is so hard to narrow down! I think Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette and the Motley Crue greatest hits album are two of my favorites … But I have so many others as well!
MM: Can you remember the first time you ever played live and how it felt to have people watching you?
I sure can … I was one year old when I started dancing … I think I was two by the time the dance performance came around. I remember walking out on the stage and seeing everyone look right at me. It was like they were looking straight into my soul … And I LOVED it! I loved making eye contact with as many individual people as I could … I loved watching people react to my performance … And I loved hearing the hollering and clapping! That all remains true and has since that day.
MM: Growing up which Bands posters did you have on your bedroom wall.
Well, I still have band posters on my bedroom wall … LOL! I have a Nikki Sixx poster and a Joan Jett one. I also have a CBGB poster.
MM - Who do you think influenced the world of Metal / Rock more than any other person
Another hard question to narrow down! I feel like so many artists paved the way for metal/rock … It’s hard to just choose one … I think in terms of females doing metal/rock, Joan Jett really takes the cake.
MM - What's the most important thing to the band right now?
We are gearing up for our August 7th gig right now! We are very focused on that.
MM:If you could do a cover of any song which one would it be and why?
Damn with these hard questions! There are SO many songs I would love to cover! I think what I would have to say right now is the song Voodoo by Godsmack … Starting at seven, I asked my dance teachers to please let me do a solo to that song. For years I was repeatedly told no because of the implied drug references in the song. The lyrics are awesome … They don’t say, “Drugs … You should do them!” It’s a heartbreaking song … But we all know how that goes with people being too afraid to face and speak out about reality … I think there are always tasteful ways to artistically demonstrate reality rather than just avoiding it altogether. I really wanted to do a meaningful piece about drug use to that song, and unfortunately, I was never allowed to do it. I would LOVE to cover that song and do a music video with a big dance number.
MM: Tell us why we should buy and listen to your Band
I’m super excited for the release of my new album, Damaged Goods! I absolutely love the album and really believe anyone buying it will not be disappointed!
MM: Four words to describe (Torie Jock)
Driven, feisty, opinionated, and giant-pain-in-the-ass … That counts as one word, right? LOL!
Final Words for your fans and our readers
Thank you to all those that have supported me along this journey … It will never be forgotten! - Rock On