Mike Tramp

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Mike Tramp
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Background information
Birth name Michael Trempenau
Born (1961-01-14) January 14, 1961 (age 53)
Origin Copenhagen, Denmark
Genres Glam metal
Hard rock
Occupations Singer
Songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Guitar
Years active 1978–present
Labels Atlantic Records
Frontiers Records
Associated acts Mabel
White Lion
Freak of Nature
Website http://www.miketramp.com/

Michael Trempenau better known as Mike Tramp (born January 14, 1961) is a Danish singer and songwriter who is best known for his work with the hard rock bands, White Lion[1] and Freak of Nature, although he has also released several solo albums to date.

Biography[edit]

Early Years[edit]

Michael Trempenau was born in Denmark and grew up in Vesterbro with his mother, Doris, who died April 2010 at the age of 80, and two brothers, Dennis and Kim. Trempenau started his musical career singing in Vesterbro Ungdomsgård, a youth group club in Copenhagen, and appears on their first album: Vi lever på Vesterbro (1974). In 1976, Trempenau, now known professionally as Tramp, joined the pop band Mabel as the lead singer.[2] Mabel released five studio albums and were very popular in Denmark and Spain, with Mike receiving "teen idol" status. In 1978, Mabel won the Danish Song Contest with the song Boom Boom and represented Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest that same year. Later, Mabel moved to Spain and became Studs, releasing a debut self-titled album in 1981 and then moved to New York City and became Danish Lions in 1982. After recording demos, the band returned home to Denmark, however, Tramp decided to remain in America.

White Lion[edit]

Tramp met Vito Bratta and formed White Lion in 1983; the band became very successful in the mid 80's to early 90's. White Lion released their debut album, Fight to Survive, in 1985. The band achieved success with their #8 hit "Wait" and #3 hit "When the Children Cry" from their second album, the triple-platinum selling, Pride.[3] The band enjoyed continued success with their third album, Big Game, which achieved gold status, and their fourth album, Mane Attraction, which included a supporting tour. White Lion disbanded in 1992; their first compilation album, The Best of White Lion, was released not long after.

Freak of Nature[edit]

After the demise of White Lion, Tramp formed the Hard rock band Freak of Nature. The follow-up was significantly darker and harder than White Lion. The band released three albums between 1993 and 1998: Freak of Nature, Gathering of Freaks, and Outcasts. The band shared stages with Helloween and Dio in Europe in 1993. Freak of Nature eventually disbanded in 1996.

Solo career[edit]

Following Freak of Nature, Tramp began a solo career, releasing his debut album as a solo artist in 1998 titled Capricorn. The album featured former Freak of Nature bandmates, guitarist Kenny Korade and bass player Jerry Best.[4] The song "Better Off" was released as Tramp's debut solo single,[5] and the songs "Already Gone",[6] "If I Live Tomorrow",[7] and "Take a Little Time"[8] were followed as singles. It would be five years before Tramp returned to the studio to record his follow-up album, Recovering the Wasted Years, during which time he would move to Australia, with the aim of raising his son away from the rigors of big city life and to plan his next career move.[9] Recovering the Wasted Years was released in 2002 and featured the single "Living a Lie".[10] In 2003, Tramp followed-up with his third album, More to Life Than This, which Tramp once again produced himself but relied on producer/engineer Flemming Rasmussen (Metallica) to engineer and mix the sessions in his very own Sweet Silence Studios.[11] The album's title track, "More to Life Than This",[12] and "Don't Want to Say Good Night"[13] were both released as singles. A music video made in Australia was released for the song "Lay Down My Life For You". Also in 2003, Tramp released the double disc live album Rock 'N' Roll Alive, which features Tramp performing live versions of songs from White Lion, Freak of Nature, and his solo albums.

In 2004 Tramp released the solo album "Songs I Left Behind".

The new White Lion[edit]

Tramp also reformed White Lion with a new line up under the name "Tramp's White Lion" (aka White Lion II) due to legal issues with former members. The band played and re-recorded White Lion songs. TWL toured during 2005 and released a double-live CD entitled Rocking the USA.

In 2006 Tramp's White Lion toured Europe in November and December with British band Crimes of Passion. In 2007 a White Lion compilation The Definitive Rock Collection was released and the band was set for a summer tour with Poison and Ratt only to be dropped by the tour promoter after ex-White Lion guitarist Vito Bratta threatened to take legal action over the band name.[14] Eventually Tramp was able to use the original band name again.

White Lion recorded a new studio album called Return of the Pride, which was released on March 14, 2008. The band was now once again simply known as White Lion.[15]

Recent Activities[edit]

In October 2009, Mike Tramp released a new solo studio album titled Mike Tramp & The Rock 'N' Roll Circuz which was also now the name of his solo band. The album hit the IFPI, Denmark's official top 40 hitlist albums' at number 16[16] on November 13, 2010. The album features the singles "All Of My Life" and "Come On" which also features a music video.

In April 2011, Tramp released the solo album Stand Your Ground featuring the singles "Distance"[17] and "Hyme to Ronnie", a tribute song to former Heaven & Hell and Black Sabbath vocalist Ronnie James Dio, who died on May 16, 2010 after a six-month long battle with stomach cancer.[18]

In 2012, Mike Tramp started recording a new solo album. "Cobblestone Street" was released on April 8, 2013 on Targets Records following a successful acoustic tour of Europe in autumn 2012. The album charted at Denmark's official top 40 hitlist albums' at number 21[19] and features the first single "New Day" which was released on February 18, 2013.[20] The track "Revolution" was released as the second single for the album.[21] Tramp will tour Europe again in 2013 and will be supporting Beth Hart during several concerts in France.

To wrap up 2013 Tramp released the Christmas single "The Way It Was Before" which is a more serious track compared to most other festive songs. The single which is also inspired by events from 9/11 was released in Europe via Target Records on November 11.[22]

In June, 2014 Mike Tramp released a new single "Trust In Yourself" featuring a music video directed by his son Dylan.[23] The song is the first single from his upcoming new solo album "Museum", which was released on August 18, 2014.[24]

On August 22, 2014, Mike Tramp will start his extensive European tour playing shows in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and the UK.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Tramp is married to Indonesian actress Ayu Azhari, with whom he has two children: Isabelle and Lennon. Tramp also has a third child, his son Dylan, from a previous relationship with Fleur Thiemeyer. Dylan resides in Australia with his mother.

Discography[edit]

with Mabel[edit]

  • Another Fine Mess! (Scandinavia) (1977)
  • Message From My Heart (Scandinavia) (released as Boom Boom in Germany) (1978)
  • Mabel 4-Ever (Germany) (released as Mabel 4 Ever in Denmark) (1978)
  • We Are The 80's (Spain) (also released as Nací Para Hacerte Feliz in Spain) (1979)
  • Mabel's Største Successer (Denmark) (compilation album) (1979)
  • Extraños (Spain) (1981)
  • Det Sidste Boom (Denmark) (compilation album) (2009)

with Studs[edit]

  • Studs (Spain) (1981)

with White Lion[edit]

with Freak of Nature[edit]

Solo[edit]

Year Album Peak positions
DAN
[26]
1997 Capricorn[27]  –
2002 Recovering the Wasted Years  –
2003 More to Life Than This  –
2004 Songs I Left Behind  –
2009 The Rock 'N' Roll Circuz 16
2011 Stand Your Ground  –
2013 Cobblestone Street 21
2014 Museum 3
Live Albums

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album
1997 "Better Off" Capricorn
"Already Gone"
1998 "If I Live Tomorrow"
"Take a Little Time"
2002 "Living a Lie" Recovering the Wasted Years
2003 "More to Life Than This" More to Life Than This
"Don't Want to Say Good Night"
2009 "All of My Life" The Rock 'n' Roll Circuz
"Come On"
2011 "Distance" Stand Your Ground
"Hymn To Ronnie"
2013 "New Day" Cobblestone Street
"Revolution"
"The Way It Was Before"[28] non-album single, Christmas single
2014 "Trust In Yourself" Museum

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bronson, Fred. "Danes in the U.S.A." Billboard 111.37 (11 Sep 1999): D-13.
  2. ^ "Mabel". Rockdoc. Retrieved 2012. 
  3. ^ "Allmusic (White Lion charts & awards)". All music. 
  4. ^ "Mike Tramp". musicmight.com. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  5. ^ "Mike Tramp - Better Off". rockdoc. Retrieved 2012. 
  6. ^ "Mike Tramp - Already Gone". rockdoc. Retrieved 2012. 
  7. ^ "Mike Tramp - If I Live Tommorow". rockdoc. Retrieved 2012. 
  8. ^ "Mike Tramp - Leftovers". Musicstack. Retrieved 2012. 
  9. ^ "Mike Tramp - Recovering the Wasted Years". ulfTone music. Retrieved 2012-02-04. 
  10. ^ "Mike Tramp - Living a Lie". rockdoc. Retrieved 2012. 
  11. ^ "Ulftone - Mike Tramp". Ulftone music. Retrieved 2012. 
  12. ^ "More to Life Than This single". Musicstack. Retrieved 2012. 
  13. ^ "Mike Tramp new single". Blabbermouth. Retrieved 2013. 
  14. ^ "White Lion Officially Off Poison Ratt Tour". KNAC. 2007. Retrieved 2012. 
  15. ^ "White Lion - Return of the Pride". Heavy Metal addiction. 2008. Retrieved 2012. 
  16. ^ "Mike Tramp "The Rock 'N' Roll Circuz" chart". Retrieved 2011. 
  17. ^ "White Lion's Mike Tramp Posts 'Stand Your Ground' Audio Teaser". sleazeroxx.com. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  18. ^ "Legendary Heavy Metal Vocalist RONNIE JAMES DIO Dies". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2010-11-13. 
  19. ^ "Mike Tramp "Cobblestone Street" chart". Retrieved 2013. 
  20. ^ "Mike Tramp "Cobblestone Street" details". Retrieved 2013. 
  21. ^ "Mike Tramp "Revolution"". Retrieved 2013. 
  22. ^ "Music premiere: Mike Tramp’s ‘atypical’ Christmas single". Retrieved 2013. 
  23. ^ "Mike Tramp launches new single". Sleazeroxx. Retrieved 2014. 
  24. ^ "Mike Tramp to release new album "MUSEUM" in August". Melodicrock. Retrieved 2014. 
  25. ^ "Mike Tramp Summer 2014 tour". 
  26. ^ "Denmark charts". Retrieved 2013. 
  27. ^ Ferro, Charles. "Global Music Pulse: Denmark." Billboard 109.49 (6 Dec 1997): 69.
  28. ^ "Mike Tramp's new Christmas single was written shortly after 9/11.". Blabbermouth. Retrieved 2014. 

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Preceded by
Ulla Pia
with Stop - mens legen er go'
Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest
1978
Succeeded by
Tommy Seebach
with Disco Tango