INTERVIEW: The Tristones

Hi Tristan, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been good thanks! I’m currently living in Nanaimo, BC, Canada to wait out the COVID pandemic, but I hope to return to NYC sometime in the fall.

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

Sure! “Camaro” was such just a fun tune to I write. I actually pulled it together in about 10 minutes! I thought it would be cool to have sort of a throwback 70’s R&B tune but focus on somewhat unexpected and humorous topic, in this case a lusting love story about a car.

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

Hmm… no, there wasn’t any particular event, but I had the image of the specific car in my head while I was writing the tune: A Black 1986 Camaro with a white pinstripe… they don’t get any cooler than that in my opinion!

Any plans to release any sort of music video for the single?

Sure, I’d really like to but it’s tough with the whole pandemic thing happening… everyone in my band is scattered in different parts of the continent right now.

Why name the album after this song in particular?

Well, in my opinion, “Camaro” just sounds cool!  Also, I knew this tune would be a great single. In my experience, naming an album can be hard… so sometimes the simplest answer is the best answer. Finally, I also knew my friend and artist Gideon Naf would pull together an awesome 86 Camaro for the cover art and he did a great job!

How was the recording and writing process?

I wrote most of the album while we had a somewhat regular gig in NYC at a club called The Groove. The club is definitely an R&B based club, so I was focusing on writing songs to cater to their crowd, but really tried to keep a rock edge to them. This album was recorded over the course of 18 months in various places and spaces. That said, the album was primarily recorded in Portland and Damariscotta, Maine with Stu Mahan (my co-producer). But other aspects were recorded in Toronto, NYC and Nanaimo. Camaro was mixed in Nanaimo by Rick Salt who did an amazing job!

What role does BC play in your music?

We’re talking about British Columbia right? It’s my home where I grew up and while I don’t think about it too much when I’m writing music, it has obviously had an influence on me because it’s where I became a musician. It’s beautiful in BC… if you haven’t been, I highly recommend checking it out!

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Some of the tunes definitely draw from current politics. For example, in the song “Trump”, the first verse was written by my good friend and collaborator Jordan Venn, before President Trump was elected…. and I finished it after his inauguration. Also, “Everyone’s Got Their Two Cents” is inspired by current events/politics – the lyrics for that song definitely drew from all the protests that were happening in 2017 like Charlottesville. First World Problems was co-written as well with Jordan Venn and is about being overly connected with social media.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’d really like to get out there and play the tunes off “Camaro” for people in various cities and venues, but who know when we’ll be able to really tour… I am, however, playing my first ‘socially- distanced’ show on Aug 20th in Nanaimo at The Queens, so we’ll see how that goes. Too bad COVID prevents our fans from dancing!

What else is happening next in The Tristones’ world?

I have several songs that were recorded that didn’t make it onto the album. We will be releasing them as singles soon. We also have some live studio videos that we plan to get out there!  And… I’m always writing, so I’m excited to have some new stuff to get there out as well. You just gotta keep busy, right?!

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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