Mark Tremonti Is Not Feeling Comfortable With Writing In Front Of People

Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti talked about his songwriting process during a recent appearance on Heavy New York.

Mark Tremonti is known as one of the most talented guitarists in the metal scene, and he has enjoyed increasing success with Creed, followed by Alter Bridge and Tremonti. Aside from being a guitarist, Tremonti is also a  gifted songwriter, and during his recent interview, he revealed some details about his songwriting process.

In the conversation, Mark revealed that he needs to be alone to write new songs and said that the last time he wrote a song with the band was when he was working on the first Creed album, 1997’s ‘My Own Prison.’ Furthermore, the guitarist stressed the importance of being in a comfortable atmosphere by mentioning that he likes to get on his little world and even make some mistakes during the process.

Moreover, Mark admitted that he sometimes sings in falsetto while writing the vocal melodies and said it could be embarrassing to do it in front of people. As the guitarist said, he only has few people he is comfortable with writing in front of. While Mark explained why he is struggling to write songs in front of people, he also stated that accepting the failures is one of the key parts of songwriting.

Mark Tremonti on his songwriting style:

I have to be alone. Ryan, our drummer on this record, he’s like, ‘Hey, man, we got to get together and jam! When’s the last time you actually sat down with the band to write songs?’

‘Dude, I haven’t done that since maybe the first Creed record.’ It’s just not something I do. I like to write by myself, I like to get my own little world, I like to be able to make mistakes…

I like to be able to sing in my falsetto when I’m writing vocal melodies, which is kind of embarrassing to do in front of people.”

He continued:

“Because if you’re going to sing for eight hours straight when you’re writing, you can’t sing in your full voice, you’ll blow your voice out. There’s only a handful of people in the world that I feel comfortable with writing in front of.

Until I started doing guitar clinics, teaching people how I write, I just tell people, ‘We’re in the trust tree right now, I’m going to do things that might not sound good because you got to sound bad before you sound good sometimes when you’re a writer.

Not everything you spit out is going to be ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ So you gotta be in the trust tree and realize that you gotta make mistakes, you gotta accept failure to be able to accept something to be completed in the long run.”

You can check out the conversation below.