RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW AMERICAN ARTIST LEE TRENT
What made you decide to start the band / become a soloist?
My inspiration came heavily from Radiohead.
Introduce us to you and your musical history?
I decided to go by Lee Trent because it’s a family name. Music runs on both sides of my family.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
I think one question that I get asked too much is my age. I never really thought it was important.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
I’ve never been a conspiracy theorist but I sometimes enjoy listening to other peoples’ conspiracy theories! It can be entertaining!
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
I never bought anything insignificant but a close family member bought me a T.V. and I don’t watch it because I think it’s just another unhealthy thing for society. It antagonizes your brain and prohibits productivity.
What useless party trick do you have?
A useless party trick I had was opening a beer bottle with a lighter. There was always a bottle opener but at times, I just used my lighter.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
My most experience was playing festivals! I love the vibes and energy!
What was the worst experience on stage?
The worst experience was when I had to learn a bunch of songs last minute and the band got way too drunk at the actual performance.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
I’ve always been fascinated with feminine clothing.
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
I would tell the aliens that I have sonic and diverse sounds that their community would appreciate!
What makes you stand out as an artist?
I think it would be my logo and my versatility as a musician/songwriter.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
I hate the fact that our stupid government in America is trying to take away our rights as human beings! They are taking away abortions and Miranda rights. Now they are trying to take away LGBTQIA rights and rights for black communities!
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
My favorite song to play live is actually unreleased. It’s called “Madeleine” and the lyrics were actually written by a close friend of mine that is no longer alive today. The lyrics and the music just flow perfectly for the sake of the emotion.
I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?
As of now, my newest release/single is “Pessimism”. I have some new stuff that I am recording at my house though! My old E.P., Sound and Sun is under Trent Woods and it was released during the pandemic.
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
I usually have a specific sound in my head. Sometimes, I’ll write parts out for the session musicians to sightread and sometimes, I’ll lay the parts down myself depending on the song.
What was the recording process like?
The recording process was very fun! It all had a natural flow to it and I got to record it with some great friends!
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
I think the biggest learning curve for me was having the ear for self production and making lyrical phrasings work with the musical structure of the songs I create, but I think that is also something every artist will always learn. Every song will always be different.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
No. Honestly, I am very satisfied with the outcome and it helped having really good musicians that also happen to be great friends!
What are your plans for the year ahead?
I am going to record more of my music in my own spare time when I’m not gigging or recording for other people as a sideman.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
I would like to share more of my music and art once it is finished!