Talking Out Loud With EMN Bassist – Troy Fleming ‘The Viking’; Troy Fleming aka ‘The Viking’ is the bassist for the band EVERY MOTHER’S NIGHTMARE. A man of few words, Troy’s held the position for over 20 years. Here is a little from the man himself…
1. When did you start playing bass?
Troy: I started playing around the age of 14 or 15 with a used Electra Bass and a Traynor amp from the pawn shop. My dad hooked me up.
2. Who are your main influences/favorite bass players?
Troy: My main influences are Steve Harris (Iron Maiden), Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Whitesnake), Bob Daisley (Ozzy), and Mike Inez (Ozzy, Alice in Chains).
3. Are you a pick or finger player?
Troy: I’m a finger player until they can’t keep up. I love the pick attack and tone. I use the pick on 4 or 5 songs on GRIND.
4. What are your main bass guitars?
Troy: 76 Gibson Thunderbird, Epiphone Pro IV, and an Epiphone Pro V.
5. What is your current live rig setup?
Troy: The only kind. An American made Ampeg SVT Pro II, 2- 8×10 Ampeg Cabinet, a Radial Bassbone OD, and a boss Chorus Pedal.
6. What type of strings do you use? What gauge?
Troy: On the 4 String I use DR Black Beauties 105/85/64/45. On the 5 string, I use DR Black Beauties 125/105/85/65/45.
7. What are some tricks you use in your walking bass lines?
Troy: No real tricks at all. I usually try finding good passing notes between the cords.
8. What bands have you played with?
Troy: When I was 17-18 years old I was in a band an Ohio band called Snydley Whiplash, with my friend Daryl Roberts (W.A.S.P and 5 Finger Death Punch), and then there was Saturn Cats in St. Louis. I also had the honor of filling in my friend Matt Dee’s band The Fast Mothers. And now Every Mother’s Nightmare.
9. What are some of the struggles you face as a bass player?
Troy: Remembering to have my ‘hip shots’ in the correct position. We also use a lot of D tuning and then making sure my vocal monitors are loud enough. I’ve lost some hearing over the years.
10. How long have you played with EMN?
Troy: Around 23 years with Rick and EMN. We’ve had some amazing musicians come and go through the years all of which still keep in touch.