Interview with Jim McGorman
is a Google translation so the syntax/grammar may not be 100% correct.
Hello members. We got an
"exclusive" interview with Avril Lavigne's guitarist, Jim McGorman.
Byala: Tell us a little
about your childhood. As kids, we often dream of becoming doctors,
astronauts, and in the case of Brazilian soccer players. You always
wanted to be a musician, or it just happened?
JIM: Actually, I
wanted to be a baseball player for many years. I loved the game - it
was very good. However, there is a moment you have to take a decision
on how to spend your time. Music was always around me, my father is a
pianist and singer. Around 12/13 years I focused on music.
Byala: We know you also
sing, by the way, you're a great singer. You want to go solo one day,
or just work as a producer? What are your plans for after the Black
JIM: Thank you!
I've been a singer/songwriter all my life. I have several songs. (Some
of you may find it on iTunes here:
I have a new single 'Girls', due out soon. So stay tuned.
I am currently producing two artists whom I'm very excited: Ryan Lutz
and Laura Patterson. I produce albums when I'm not on tour, and I will
continue writing and producing after the tour is over. I also will be a
singer, I write and record. And with the Internet, it is very easy to
put your music on the market.
Byala: You told us that
he is working with Laura Michelle Patterson. What can you say about it?
JIM: Laura is a
good singer / artist. She has a very interesting voice and a unique
style. We wrote many songs together and started recording the first
four. I'm very excited about the production.
Byala: We know you
played guitar, bass and also sings. What do you like best?
JIM: To clarify, I
am more a pianist than anything else. I play the piano and keyboards
since the age of 6, and the piano will always be my first passion. I
started playing drums and guitar at age 8 to 12. I pretty much
"scratch" on bass, but the studio - I sound great!
Byala: We would like to
know a little about working with Avril Lavigne. How and when did you
meet? You know your music before working with it? We know that it is
demanding with the band, and we know you're a great musician, but it
was difficult at first?
JIM: Avril and I
met in 2007 when she was looking for a new guitarist for The Best Damn
Thing Tour. I saw her in concert years before I work with Michelle
Branch in early 2000 but did not know much about it - it was not a
great singer, with great success yet. Working with her has been great.
There are always challenges when you work with a new artist, but it is
quite natural. We have a great communication and have a great respect
for each other.
Byala: How is your
relationship with Avril and the rest of the band behind the stage? You
have time to have fun and see the places through which they pass, or is
all the shows?
JIM: We have a
great relationship. I do not drink, so I always am the first to go
home, but Avril, and I and the band, hear and touch music and always
had fun. Sure, the shows are a priority, but when it's time to relax,
we go out and have fun together.
Byala: How does it feel
to go on stage with Avril and playing to thousands of people? It makes
you proud as a professional?
JIM: Any time you
play music in front of people, is a commotion. When you add thousands
of screaming fans and the amazing that Avril has just keeps getting
Byala: You know the
fans love you Avril. How do you feel when you do the backing vocals on
Smile? You must be crazy!
JIM: Singing Smile is classic. Avril
really likes the "bridge", then she asked me to sing the lead line.
That makes me laugh almost every time.
Byala: What are your
expectations of the shows in Brazil? Avril tweets mentioned that the
Brazilian fans are going crazy! She talks about it?
JIM: Twitter is
amazing. It's very nice to talk to as many people around the world at
the same time. Fans of Brazil seem to be definitely ready to rock.
We'll see what happens when we get there.
Byala: We can expect
surprises for the show in South America, especially Brazil, as new
cover songs, new set list or something?
JIM: I'm not sure.
This is with Avril - and if surprises are planned, how could I tell?
There would be no suprises anymore.
Byala: Finally, we
would like to ask you to leave a message for the fans and the people of
the Brazilian BYAVILLAVIGNE.com
JIM: Thank you for
supporting me this year and Avril! We thank stop and can not wait to
see you at the shows!
Byala: Jim, wanted to
thank you again for your attention. We wish you the best,
congratulations on your talent. We give a warm welcome to our country
hope you enjoy all the cities that will play. I hope you enjoy our
vibe, we are very anxious for his coming, will be amazing. See you soon!
welcome, I'm excited and happy to visit and learn about Brazil. See you
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