NAME: Tommy Sims
PLAYING (YEARS): 23
STYLE:Heavy, straight forward rock.
GEAR:Gibson Les Paul loaded with an EMG-81 bridge pick up and an EMG-85
neck pick up. ESP Custom Shop Strat style body loaded with an EMG-81 pick up. RIG: Pre-amp: ADA MP-2, Processing: BBE Sonic Maximizer 462 + Lexicon MPX-G2, Stomp Boxes: Lexicon MPX-R1 Foot Controller + DOD Envelope Filter + Jim Dunlop GCB-535Q Crybaby Multi-Wah, Power: Mesa-Boogie 50/50 Cabinet: Customized Marshall JCM 800 loaded with Celestian 75watt 16ohm speaker running in series into a 4ohm load = louder than hell with super tight bottom end.
CURRENT & UPCOMING PROJECTS: Promoting the just completed CD from Thicker Than Water. No upcoming projects other than playing out and kicking ass on the stage.
FAVORITE GUITARIST: Zakk Wylde, Dick Dale, James Hetfield, Les Paul, Alex Skolnick
MOST UNDERATED PLAYERS: Mark Knopfler, David Gilmour, Tommy Sims
BEST MUSICIAN YOU’VE EVER SEEN: Zakk Wylde. I caught him at the Bayou in D.C. years ago. It was incredible. He played every instrument on stage with the exception of the drums. But we all know that drums aren’t a real instrument. I do question if he is actually a real musician because I believe that a real musician must be able to read music and I’m not sure if he does.
FOUR WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBES WHAT YOU WANT TO GET ACROSS IN YOUR PLAYING: Soul, Melody, Aggression, BALLS!! (not necessarily in that order)
YOUR HERO: My Dad
ULTIMATE GOAL: To be able to make ends meet by doing what I love. And, oh yeah, fucking world peace. Or is it world domination. Can’t remember.