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It was the garden hose that got me.
As I loaded the Web site for Trishes,
I was confronted with an image from
the video for her song Swimming Pool.
The image showed her in a Mad Men-
era bikini, standing on a lawn and fill-
ing a rinky-dink plastic pool with water
streaming out from the rubber imple-
ment in her hand.
Released last year, Swimming Pool
features layered, melodic vocals over a
laid-back beat. It s certainly catchy, and
as debut songs by pop artists tend to
"For a first single it s important to be
easily consumable," Trishes agrees via
FaceTime from Los Angeles. She s just
settled down for an incredible eight-
hour-long session of having her body
painted henna-style for her next video,
"It compares a lion in a cage being
stared at to a voyeur looking at a
woman," she says of the song. "And
how it feels oppressive and entrapping.
In art you d call it the male gaze."
The male gaze certainly seems present
in the Swimming Pool video, which fea-
tures Trishes and two other bikini-clad
young women horsing around before
sneaking into a neighbour s backyard
and jumping into his pool. But she insists
there s nothing erotic about it at all.
"It was a song I wrote about me not
having air conditioning and wanting to
jump into a pool. And so naturally in
the video I wanted to be in a swimsuit.
It s interesting that so many people took
it as a sexual thing when it was very
literal when I wrote it. I was broke and
it was hot."
Twenty-four-year-old Trish Hosein
was born in Boston to Trinidadian par-
ents who had gone to the United States
to attend university. While she was a
baby, the family moved back to Trinidad,
where her father was a lecturer in com-
puter science at the University of the
a little girl Hosein
would put on
shows, aided by her brother and male
cousins. "I would make them learn dance
moves, they would dress up like girls
and we would play Spice Girls songs.
They were good sports about it."
The family moved back to the United
States when she was six, this time to
New Jersey, then three years later to San
Diego. "I ve been a California girl since,"
When she was 12, Hosein settled on
becoming a musician after learning
Christina Aguilera s self-empowerment
anthem, the Linda Perry-penned Beau-
tiful, on the piano and performing it in
a school talent show. After attending a
public art high school, and despite her
parents reservations, Hosein headed
back to Boston, to attend Berklee College
Hosein is currently based in Los Ange-
les, where she has been engaged in the
fickle business of becoming a pop star
for the past three years. In that time
she s gone from the young-woman-at-
a-piano style of live musician to a more
visually-oriented performer, with a
sound that includes vocal harmonies,
looping and beats.
She s also started putting out singles.
After Swimming Pool came the semi-
autobiographical Day Jobs, a heavier,
rock-tinged track, which she co-wrote.
A cover of Coldplay s Magic fol-
lowed. ("I got this Mariah Carey
kind of vibe I could do with it,"
she says, which is not as odd
as it seems.)
So far Hosein has been releas-
ing all her material as Trishes
independently. "I ve worked
with a couple of different labels,"
she admits, "and a lot of the time they
have an idea of how they want to market
me that s not exactly what I want to do.
What I m doing isn t for everyone."
Still, she characterises her forth-
coming debut album as "consum-
able" (that word again), albeit with
"a little more uncomfortable"
sound. "Things are def-
initely going to
she s gear-
ing up for her
first show in T&T.
"I m really excited about
it," she says. "It looks like
it s going to sell out."
So what can the audi-
"They will see some weird
dance movements and body
art and face paint and they ll
hear a lot of different voices,
kind of like a choir of
sound, all made by me.
I m definitely going to
bring something a little
Probably not a
'What I'm doing isn't
T&T-American Trishes splashed onto the music scene
last year with her unabashedly pop single Swimming
Pool. As she prepares to perform her first show in T&T,
the singer and songwriter tells JONATHAN ALI things
are about to get weirder.
Trishes will be performing this
Tuesday, April 14, at Drink
Bistro & Lounge, 63 Rosalino
Street, Woodbrook, from 7
pm. Admission is $60.
Trish "Trishes" Hosein, a T&T-
heritage pop singer/ songwriter
based in LA, will perform at Drink! on
April 14 PHOTO COURTESY TRISHES
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