I’ve been good just got over a cold. Feeling much better hope all is well your way.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Zero”?
Zero’s is a song that is for everyone and it has a lot of meaning behind it. It’s also the first song to come off my new album. We came up with the idea and just decided to run with it. I think now the song has over 10,000 views on YouTube in less than a week. The song itself really hit home for me because it was a subject I could defiantly relate to.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Actually this song was recorded because it had been brought to my attention that I have a lot of fans in the Esports community. Specifically Call of Duty is what triggered the idea for this song. There are a lot of references in the song that come from the game and the gamers themselves.
How was the film experience?
Filming the music video took about two days. I was very involved with the whole creative process. I enjoyed working with everyone. I did all my own stunts, which was pretty cool. I literally got water-boarded in the video. The guys that through me in the back of the fan in the beginning of the video started busting up laughing on the first take because they through me so far. Thus I ended up having to shoot that seen twice. You can see a UMG stage in points of the video and those are used for gaming tournaments. All in all, it was an awesome shoot.
The single comes off your new album Blacklist – what’s the story behind the title?
Blacklist is basically what I feel I have been put on my entire life. I feel like I’m not supposed to succeed. I have been through so much crap in my life and it always seems like I get the short end of the stick. Blacklist is my first project where I truly feel like I am being myself and not what the world expects me to be. I’m not perfect and I never will be. I feel like a lot of people think I have peeked in my abilities as an artist, Blacklist is here to prove that incorrect. I am just getting started.
How was the recording and writing process?
When we came up with the idea I defiantly needed some insight on what/how I should write this song. I think I wrote the song 6 different times. I spent 3 days in my office listing to the instrumental over and over. When it came time to recording the song I knew that it had to be a little more aggressive than what I normally put out. When we finished recording the song, it was a little too aggressive so that is why I there is a soft pre chorus in there.
What role does St. Louis plays in your music?
I have a lot of love for the city. The city makes me want to push even harder because I want this city to grow and thrive. My city has given me more love than I could ever ask for. My fans always come out to my shows. They always want merchandise and they are always introducing my music to new people everywhere they go. I think they want me to make it as bad as I do. I love my city and I love my fans.
How are you challenging yourself with this record?
I am doing anything and everything I can to bring my own style and original sound. I want to be the next me not the next someone else. I think we are going to go about things a little different than we normally do. What I mean by that is we are going to promote different and push harder. Every song on my album has been written recorded, rewrote, rerecorded at least twice and some of the songs I have even completely trashed. I have rushed my music for too long and my fans deserve a better product and I am going to give it to them. Blacklist will be the album that paves the way for my future in the music industry.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Well Jeff the owner of UMG came to me with the idea for the song and from there he told me his idea and we brought it to life. We put a lot planning into to the song and video. I think we had 3 meetings before I ever recorded it. I just wanted to make sure that I was creating the perfect song. A lot of the lyrics you here in the song come from Competitive COD players. There are a lot of team names and references that players always say.
Any plans to hit the road?
We are currently discussing the possibility of a nationwide tour in 2017. I want to go to cities I have never been to and meet as many fans as I can. I hope to even make it to Europe in 2017.
What else is happening next in Trenton P’s world?
Well I’m focusing on the album we have a lot left to do and just want to continue to push myself to the next level. We plan on shooting a music video to every song on Blacklist. We have a few big names we are working with right now on current and future projects and have even started talking about the next album after Blacklist drops. I am the owner of SoILLMusicGroup which is a label that I started and we plan on signing our first artist in the near future so that is also something I am working on as well. First things first Blacklist is on its way and is the best project I have ever created.