Interview With Marq Torien Of The BulletBoys

Posted: 02/04/2014 in Music

Interview Done By Mike Wilkerson

MW: Please introduce yourself?
MT: Marq Torien.

MW: Tell me about your first time on stage playing live?
MT: The first time I ever played on stage live, I was 7 years old.

MW: How did Bulletboys come together?
MT: By fate.

MW: Tell me about the following release?

Bulletboys – epic first release produced by our brother Ted Tempelmen for Warner Bros. Records.  Still stands the test of time.

Freakshow – Second album on Warner Bros.  One of the hardest, but one of the best we did.

Za-Za – Power Pop BulletBoys.  Not very fond of this one, but love the song Mine.

Acid Monkey – a self released alternative record that was self produced by Marq Torien and Lonnie Vencent.  We started from the bottom again with this record and toured to sold out shows for 2 years.

Burning Cats And Amputees – Hmmmm.  I think we were completely out of our minds on this one.  Especially with the company we kept and the title for this record, but LOVE IT!

Sophie – we worked with the great Andy Johns (RIP) on this one.  He taught us a lot when we worked with him.  All the brilliant stories he had and all the love for our talent.  Lonnie and I brought in Brent Fitz (now plays for Slash) and Jason Hook (now in Five Finger Death Punch) who was a kid we discovered in an airport while changing planes.  He happened to be a Mick Sweda’s favorite guitar player.

10c Billionaire – I wrote, produced and recorded this body of work.  I am very proud of this.  I was going through a horrible time in my life and wrote this record with the purpose of trying to heal myself through music.  This record hit #6 on the Internet BillBoard chart with “Road To Nowhere”.  Got screwed over by the label that had this. But by faith, I powered through and extensively toured on this record.

Rocked And Ripped – Fun….next
MW: What can you tell me about the to be released Elefanté?
MT: Can not explain this in a sentence.  We will be doing a full length interview on this record, produced by Ryan Greene (, Marq Torien and BulletBoys.  All I can say is that it will trump most of our work. Dale’

MW: I was at Rocklahoma 08. Can you tell me the true story?
MT: What?

MW: What happened with Bill Chavis and Chavis Records?
MT: Bill Chavis went bankrupt and dissolved his label.

MW: I saw somewhere that you are working with Lonnie Vincent agian. How is that going?
MT: Amazing!

MW: What can we expect from Bulletboys in 2014?
MT: Bringing it to the world on a whole-nother level.

MW: Does Bulletboys have any live dates booked as of yet?
MT: Yes, a slew of them starting in April at the Rainbow Anniversary Party, carrying through Summer and Fall.

MW: Since Bulletboys being a band which lineup is your favorite?
MT: The one we have now.

MW: What would you like to say in closing?
MT: Thank you for doing this interview with me.  It means a lot to our organization.  Can not wait to tour on this crushing new record produced by Ryan Greene, Marq Torien and BulletBoys.  See you all very soon!  Cheers! ~MT



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