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MM: Why do you do indie/pop?
TH: I love pop music and I want to bring
something new and interesting to the table,
which is why I incorporate atypical melodies,
and lyrics that you'd find more in indie music.
I feel like it's assumed that the masses pre-
fer pop with simplistic ideas and lyrics, but
the success of acts like Fun and Lorde
proved that that's not right. I think that peo-
ple want more pop with grit and substance.
MM: When did you start of in the music
TH: I've been singing pretty much since I
can remember. I was the youngest of all my
cousins for a while so I probably did it for at-
tention growing up. I was quite loud. The
whole family would rent a house on Mayaro
beach and I would put on little shows with
my brother and my cousin Riaz. We did "Hey
Hey We're the Monkeys" and a lovely array
of Spice Girls' songs. I ended up going to a
performing arts high school called Canyon
Crest Academy, and then to the Berklee Col-
lege of Music. So the moral of the story is
that my attention seeking paid off.
MM: How has work on your album been
TH: This album has been so much fun to
work on. I'm not on a time crunch like I have
been on previous albums, and on songs like
"Swimming Pool" that's been a huge blessing
(and a curse too haha). When you have a set
amount of time in the studio, you record, it is
what it is, you make small changes, it's
mixed and mastered, and it's done. You gotta
let go of it. Having no time limit means end-
less experimenting and revisions and nitpick-
ing. A lot of, "I want the kick down. Okay now
the kick is too low, I want the kick back up
but not as far up!" We played around with so
many options for the production of "Swim-
ming Pool" and now my producer and I both
hate the song. Just kidding. We love it like
the stubborn child it is.
MM: Who do you work with producer
TH: On this record I worked with the amaz-
ing Tyler Davis. He's one of my best friends
and we have a funny brother/sister sort of re-
lationship. We go out to eat and he talks
about girls. We play with my dog in his yard a
lot. He's really one of the best people I know
and I consider us a team. He's my Ryan Lewis!
On my last album I worked with Isaac Bolivar
who is an incredible producer as well, and I al-
ways want his opinion on the record I'm mak-
ing. His feedback actually really helped make
"Swimming Pool" what it is now.
MM: What has been the biggest chal-
lenge thus far in your career?
TH: Being patient is really a challenge.
Things don't happen over night and that's
hard when you're working your butt off. You
gotta play a lot of empty bars. It takes a lot
of misses for a hit. It's also hard knowing
who to trust. A lot of people in this industry
talk a big game and let you down.
MM: How long have you been in LA?
TH: I've been in LA for about two and a
half years. Growing up I lived in Trinidad and
then San Diego so it's important to me to
have the sea and sun nearby at all times.
When I graduated from university in Boston,
the choice between Nashville, New York and
LA (the major music hubs) was clear to me.
MM: What are some indie acts you find
TH: I love acts like St. Vincent, Kimbra and
Banks. All those female indie chicks doing
original and innovative things.
MM: Do you write your own material?
Describe your creative process.
TH: I write most of my music by myself, in
my head. My music used to be a lot more
piano heavy, and harmonically a little strange. I
decided that I didn't want to use weird chords
for the purpose of using weird chords, but I got
so bored of playing typical progressions on
keyboard. That's when I started writing prima-
rily in my head without an instrument. From
that spurred the use of vocal loops. Now once I
write something mentally, I go to my com-
puter and make a rough recording of it with
only vocal layers. Vocals imitating drums and
instruments and background vocals doing key
melodic hooks of the song. We use that demo
as the skeleton to build around when I go to
record the fully produced version in the studio.
More recently I also started writing to a few of
my producer's tracks cause they're cool!
MM: What's your personality like?
TH: I'm fiercely passionate about the
things I care about and oddly apathetic to
everything else. I'm not particularly laid back
haha. I'm punctual and driven. I usually have
a very distinct vision for what I want. When
I'm excited, I'm very excited.
MM: What is your best quality?
MM: Rightie 0r Leftie?
MM: What are your long term goals?
TH: I just want to make records that peo-
ple buy and play shows that people wanna
see. I want to tour the world, making music
and writing songs and hopefully making
people feel something. And ya know, win
lots of awards and make obscene amounts
MM: What's your favourite thing to
TH: Pholourie! Since I was a kid. I don't
know why. I think it's the sauce. And the fact
that it's fried.
MM: What word best describes your
MM: What can't you live without?
TH: My pup. He's a good friend. And my
iPhone, but that's everyone, right?
MM: What do you think is the point of
TH: I think there are two valid views on this.
The first is to make music purely for yourself.
A completely self-indulgent act of expression.
The second is for others. To communicate the
incommunicable and create something that
others can derive meaning and emotion from.
I would like to do a little (or a lot) of both.
MM: What do you do for fun?
TH: I really like to eat. I also do a lot of yoga
and love to work out, hike and run. I'm also
learning Japanese which I think is pretty fun.
MM: What's your idea of a good time?
TH: A small group of friends and cheap
wine. Okay, the wine can be expensive too, if
you want to bring it. I'm not the crowded bar
kinda gal. I like to enjoy the people I'm with
and hear what they have to say. I have such
beautiful intelligent friends and there's so
much I still have to learn from them. I also
just can't hold my liquor.
MM: So far which songs from your
album are your favourite and why?
TH: Oh that's tough! They're all my babies
and they all were written and recorded for their
own purpose. I knew Swimming Pool had to be
the first single though (out on iTunes April
15th). I think that it's fun and catchy but also
talks about things like growing up, struggling,
and learning to appreciate what you have.
MM: What's your take on the T&T music
TH: I love it! It's so vibrant and outspoken
and unapologetic. Like me ;)
TRISH HOSEIN began playing the piano
and songwriting at age 10, and by the
time she reached adulthood, she had per-
formed from coast to coast in the US and
as far as Ghana and Italy. In 2011, Trish
graduated from the Berklee College of
Music, with a degree in songwriting. Now
that her degree has been procured, Trish
is planning to tour extensively and spread
audible confection to the candy addicts of
sound. Metro reporter Nyerere Haynes
caught up with her for a one on one.
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