Every six months a new artist rises out of the Atlanta streets. This time around, all eyes are on Trent in Trees –– a 23-year-old with a psychedelic soul.
Although Trent is a brand spanking new talent, something about his sound seems uncannily familiar. Perhaps that’s because his vibe meshes somewhere between throwback 90’s hip-hop and classic ’70s funk.
You’ll thank us later for putting him on your radar. Check out his interview below.
How long have you been doing music?
I have been writing lyrics [writing] poems since I was a kid, maybe five. I started making beats and playing instruments at age 13. I have been seriously working at it and releasing music for five years now.
I know that artists hate being labeled but how would you describe yourself and your music?
[It’s] honestly a fusion of a lot of different genres. I like to broadly label it as psychedelic music, but there are a lot of hints of hip-hop, soul, funk, reggae, and chillwave.
I usually just tell people, psychedelic soul.
You mentioned being heavily influenced by primarily African-American artists, what draws you to their music.
I guess it is just the soul behind it. I haven’t really thought of it and can’t put my finger on it, but it is just something I feel in my spirit. I love the expression and it just seems real. Again, I can’t really put my finger on it…but I just feel it and it registers with my innermost being.
Your biological father was a musician who gave you up for adoption before you had a chance to know him. Although he isn’t present in your life do you attribute any of your musical gifts to him?
I am sure that is where a lot of it comes from. As early as I can remember I have been drawn to music so I feel like it has to be somewhat biological. I have always dreamt of meeting them and learning more about who I am and my history. Maybe one day.
How have you managed to maintain a positive outlook on life after your parents gave you up for adoption and your adoptive parent later passed? That’s some heavy issues to deal with at a young age.
I have always had the outlook that it is for a reason. I have never felt like I am a victim, but rather that I am chosen and things worked out this way for a purpose. I was adopted into a great family with strong values so I have always just felt blessed and chosen, rather than an outcast.
I am actually grateful for all I have been through because it has given me knowledge and perspective that many don’t have.
Last year, you did some time jail time, what kind of songs did you write while behind bars?
Thankfully, it wasn’t for too long. There are some people in there who are stuck and it really opened my eyes to how broken the system is and how it preys on certain people. While I was there, I had a lot of time for reflection and I wrote some about what got me to that point, what I needed to change, and what I aspired to be. It really just caused me to look around at what I was doing and how I was acting. It was an ego-death moment for sure. I wrote songs like “Help” and many lyrics I am turning into songs now.
You turned to spirituality to center yourself, how has growing up in church influenced your music?
It has totally influenced me. A lot of the music there is about struggle and victory, but also about peace and joy. It has always uplifted me and helped me through so much. It has given me a positive outlook, peace, and something to strive for.
Christianity is not typically celebrated in the music business. You are very vocal about your faith in God, do you ever feel like an outcast?
In some ways, yes. A lot of times I see people promoting what I see to be wrong and I’m like, man maybe it would be easier to just follow that route. But as an artist, I have to tell my truth and it isn’t easy. I feel that my entire story is one meant to give glory to God and I would never betray all that I have been brought through. I have always felt my purpose was to change a lot of people’s mind about God and show people what it is really like, as well as give people peace.
I have always struggled with anxiety and depression and God is the only thing that helped me.
I want others to feel that because I know how hard it can be. I feel that organized religion and the American church has misconstrued what it really is about. So many people try to act perfect there, but I am real. I struggle daily. I feel there is so much we don’t understand and see. Our whole world has a spiritual aspect to it and I try to go about religion a different way. It is all so real and applies to everything around us. I am a hippie with it. God is in everything and is everything. Everything is everything. Just being present and grateful for the moment and for life. Nobody is better than anyone else. We are one human race.
Do you feel isolation is necessary to develop as an artist?
Totally. Shamans would require a period of isolation to discover their true selves. I feel that’s what I did and became my own best friend. I really discovered what I want to do and what my purpose is.
Do you feel you would be where you are without the help of Soundcloud?
Soundcloud is amazing, that is where I got my first feedback and first listens. Through that, it led me to use Spotify because everyone would ask for Spotify because it is more accessible. Without SoundCloud I wouldn’t have gotten to that point. Spotify has brought me to ears I never would have reached.
As an Atlanta-based artist who sings r&b and soul music, how do you successfully navigate through a city with a heavy hip-hop landscape?
I try to do some hip-hop to get an ear, but overall I think it differentiates me. A lot of artists I have heard are trying to sound the same and imitate, but I kind of want to be a breath of fresh air and give people something unique from what they usually hear.
What are you currently working on in the studio?
I have been working on what I feel is my best song. I’ve been working with my friend Tonye Ayeba, everything he touches turns to gold. It is super funky in the first half and the second half sounds like a sunny day. It reminds me of some Frank Ocean and Rex Orange County stuff. I am putting it out March 29th.
Any upcoming shows?
My next show is March 28th at the Georgia Theatre Rooftop in Athens. My next scheduled show in Atlanta is May 25th at Smith’s Olde Bar.
Diddy Partners with TDE to Bring REVOLT Summit to L.A.: Snoop Dogg, Issa Rae, Ice Cube & more
Fresh off of his successful REVOLT Summit in Atlanta, Sean “Diddy” Combs and AT&T are gearing up for the conference’s next installment in Los Angeles. The summit’s format for the Golden State will mirror that of its predecessor and feature hot topic conversations with a panel of professionals and industry power players looking to drop knowledge on the culture and business of hip hop.
Top Dawg Entertainment CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith and the label’s president Terrence “Punch” Henderson are said to be co-chairs of the Los Angeles summit. The L.A.-based record label hosts a roster of successful artists including Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolBoy Q, Ab-Soul, SZA, and Isaiah Rashad.
“In Atlanta, we shocked the youth and our audience with thought-provoking panels and one of a kind networking opportunities,” Diddy shared. “With Top Dawg and Punch from TDE as our co-chairs in addition to Snoop Dogg, Angela Rye and Killer Mike, we are ready to bring this energy and empowerment to Los Angeles so they too can experience the REVOLT Summit firsthand.”
The REVOLT Summit in L.A. will also feature panelists who will discuss Criminal Justice Reform and the Cannabis Revolution, while also giving guests the opportunity to meet with business leaders for 10-minute, one-on-one mentorship sessions. A goal of the event is to help shape the next generation of industry leaders by sharing wisdom and insight into the hip hop industry, as they help them network to form relationships that can positively impact their present and future careers.
The REVOLT Summit will take place on October 25-27, and tickets are available at REVOLTSummit.com.
Something in the Water 2020 festival dates are here
Pharrell Williams has announced the official dates for Something in the Water 2020, The three-day music festival has now expanded to a full week of entertainment festivities.
Last year, the lineup in his hometown of Virginia Beach, Va. included performances by Migos, Missy Elliott, Janelle Monáe, Travis Scott, SZA, Mac DeMarco, Rosalía, Jhene Aiko, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Dave Matthews Band, Diplo, Jaden Smith and Pusha T.
While the exact performance schedules have yet to be announced, Something in the Water is scheduled to take place from April 20 through Sunday, April 26.
The festival is backed by Live Nation, and tickets go on sale for a “Locals Only” presale VA residents, as well as 2019 purchasers, will run this Saturday 10/19 from 12-5 PM EST.
The event will once again feature a series of conversations and film screenings in addition to the music performances.
Dominic Fike robs Halsey’s Beverly Hills Pad in new Video for ‘Phone Numbers’ [WATCH]
Florida-native Dominic Fike shares a new video for his Kenny Beats-produced song “Phone Numbers.” Directed by Aidan Cullen, the visual is a playful take on a police chase, Fike and Beats fleeing from the cops after they rob a celebrity home, which turns out to be Halsey’s.
“Phone Numbers” continues a successful year for Fike, who saw his hit single “3 Nights” reach #1 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart in September.
Fike is scheduled to embark on the European run of his debut headlining world tour, The Rain or Shine tour, which saw him play all across the globe including sold-out stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and San Francisco to name a few. He’s also set to play Tyler, The Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival next month in between the last shows of his tour in Houston and Portland. Tickets are available for purchase here.
Watch “Phone Numbers” above, see full tour routing below and stay tuned for more from Dominic Fike coming soon.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
10/22 – Zurich, SW @ Mascotte
10/24 – Paris, FR @ Bellevilloise
10/25 – Brussels, BE @ Orangerie Botanique
10/26 – Amsterdam @ Paradiso Tolhuistuin
10/27 – Amsterdam @ Paradiso Tolhuistuin
10/29 – Cologne, GE @ Luxor
10/30 – Hamburg, GE @ Mojo
10/31 – Berlin, GE @ Silent Green
11/4 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
11/9 -11/10 – Los Angels, CA @ Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival
11/21 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
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