INTERVIEW: Def Jam singer/songwriter Troi Irons

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Today”?

Today is the last song on the EP and probably one of the rawest songs I’ve written. I say raw because I wasn’t in the mood to write a song, that wasn’t my intention. But it came to me so I finished it right then.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

I was done with my album and I was trying to move to the next checkpoint. But I was being told that I wasn’t trying, that my ideas were worthless, that I didn’t have it. I always find a way out but for the first time, I was trapped and powerless. The decade I’ve put into this felt wasted. So I wrote a song about it and came back stronger than I was before.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We actually filmed the video in November so I can’t wait to debut it. It’s a concept I’ve been mood-boarding for years so it felt great to bring that vision to life with the help of the director, Sebastian Sdaigui. I think it comes out later this month.

The single comes off your new EP Turbulence – what’s the story behind the title?

Music has always been my goal but getting to this point where I’m finally releasing music hasn’t been easy. I was out of the house at 18, fending for myself, living in my car part of the time. I needed a friend and got involved with someone I shouldn’t have. But I was chasing my dream the entire time, I never stopped the journey. I just had some Turbulence along the way.

How was the recording and writing process?

I keep a notebook so whenever I have an important thought or lyric, I write it down. Then I go home and finish the song on my guitar and record it, produce it out in Logic. I usually have someone add drums under mine to get a heavier sound. Some of the songs on the EP were sessions I didn’t want to go to because I like working alone, a collaboration means sharing intimate energy. I should probably work on my trust issues because those songs came out pretty good.

I can hear some Damien Rice in your sound and Alanis Morissette in your vocals – do they actually play any role in your music?

Both those comparisons are huge compliments. I didn’t study them but we probably share some influences. I grew up listening to a lot of 80s rock, some pop, and a little bit of folk music so that played a big role in the way I think of songwriting and vocals.

What aspect of depression and life struggles did you get to explore on this album?

Besides Today, I don’t really address the way I feel head-on. A lot of the time when you’re living rough, you can’t think about it because you have to make it to the other side. Turbulence was written in the thick of it so I really funneled all my frustration into the person I was seeing at the time. I could’ve called the EP “coping mechanism” but that doesn’t sound as cool. Anywho, my actual album will tell a fuller version of my story.

Any plans to hit the road?

Hopefully soon. All I want to be doing right now is touring.

What else is happening next in Troi Irons’ world?

Probably lots of shows, meeting new people, exhaustion, self-doubt, transformation, more art, typical new artist stuff.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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