Hi Troy, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’m doing great! Glad to be here!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Unbreakable”?
Oh yeah, I’m really proud of Unbreakable. I wrote this song as a reminder to myself of the person I choose to be. I’ve realized in life if you want something it usually takes courage, commitment and sacrifice to make it happen. It’s scary, but the reward of getting out of your comfort zone is far greater than the risk of not. I hope this song inspires others to stop being afraid and to trust in themselves.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Lying in my bed one night thinking about life, I started to write Unbreakable. It was a time in my life that I felt like I was consistently tested to see if my legs would give out or if I would keep going. It was the moment where I started to trust myself more and become who I am today. As the writing process continued, I realized so many others are going through the same thing – trying to persevere through tough times and aiming for better days. This song to me isn’t just a song, it’s an anthem.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
Absolutely! It’s already produced and ready for release on October 1st. I hope people enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it.
How was the recording and writing process?
They were both great and somewhat integrated. The original version of Unbreakable was slightly different than the final version. After I played the demo song to my producer, Marti Frederiksen, we sat and spoke about the song’s meaning and that conversation sprung some new ideas. I then got together with Evan Frederiksen (Marti’s son), an amazing musician, songwriter and friend. He and I sat down and added a few enhancements to the lyrics and made the song what it is today. Marti added his magical production talents to Unbreakable and it sounds amazing. .
What was it like to work with Marti Frederiksen and how did that relationship develop?
Working with Marti is like working with Obi-Wan Kenobie. He’s incredibly wise and insightful and a musical force. He’s worked with some of the best bands and artists in the world (Aerosmith, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry) so I consider myself fortunate to be working with him. I got introduced to Marti by my music manager, Michael Keeling, who is a long time childhood friend of Marti’s. Michael set up a listening session with Marti in Nashville. I was so pumped and nervous at the same time. I played a few of my songs and Marti liked what he heard. After we left the session, I celebrated with Belgian waffles. We’ve since worked on several songs together with more on the horizon.
How much did he get to influence the song?
Marti has a special way of analyzing music and providing helpful guidance in a natural, comfortable kind of way. On Unbreakable, Marti and Evan’s influence was felt by challenging me to dig deeper into the meaning of the song. Having Marti produce Unbreakable helped make a great song even better.
How has Elton John and Ed Sheeran influenced your writing?
They are both incredible storytellers, which I totally admire. Elton is so iconic, a brilliant pianist, and with the help of Bernie Taupin, they have collaborated on the greatest songs of all time. Ed Sheeran is a generational legend to me. He’s shown me how a singer-songwriter can make it by combining great songwriting, intricate melodies, and out of the box production.
How does your background as an actor influence your approach to music and the other way around?
I’d say acting has taught me how to connect more deeply with my feelings and the feelings of others. All of my songs come from a place of vulnerability. Acting has also taught me the discipline of persistence and never giving up. Both fields challenge you but they are both so incredibly rewarding. Music helps me be a better actor through self expression, which is helpful whether I’m in front of the camera or doing back flips on stage.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Oh yeah! I plan to release several new songs right after Unbreakable and an album in 2021. I’m also hopeful I will be performing live in the not too distant future. It’s definitely been an amazing journey, and I’m loving every step of the way.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
The release date for my next single is tentatively scheduled for October/November. Trying to keep that one undercover 😉 😉
What else is happening next in TROY’s world?
Lots! The Unbreakable music video comes out October 1st. My next new single will release in a few weeks, with several more following right behind it. I’ve begun working on my second music video and have started recording tracks for my 2021 album. I’m also the lead in a feature film project that should be released in 2021. But the most exciting bit of news is that I just became an Uncle for the first time! She’s precious and I can’t wait to get to know her.