RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LONDON ARTIST TEDDY TRILLION
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
Since a young age, I was fascinated by the feelings music could evoke. I started off with a passion for poetry at the age of 10. I grew up in a family that considered music fundamental, it would always be playing in my house or at my relatives’, and I knew it was something I would want to pursue. I started recording at a local youth club, and since then, I have been working on my craft.
Introduce us to you and your musical history.
My musical history starts when I was around 10. I did a talent show in primary school and came second with my friends in a rap group, and since then, I have been working on my sound. I have had many different collaborators, stage names, and experiences that have led me to become Teddy Trillion and take this path moving forward.
What was life like for you before music?
Life before music consisted of my focus on studying. My parents are very education-oriented, and with my upbringing, they stressed the importance of education. I was into reading books, playing games, and hanging out with friends.
What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?
The first song that steered me into a music path is “Candy Rain” by Soul4Real. As a toddler, it was my favorite song, and it still is one of my favorites today. I started listening to rappers like Eminem, Jay Z, 50 Cent, and Nas, who had a big influence on me. The first UK rap song I recall hearing was Wretch 32 – “Punctuation,” which got me into UK music as grime was the main thing at the time.
Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?
I currently fit as an underground grassroots artist who is building my discography and portfolio.
What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry?
The biggest thing I have learned in the industry is that it is about who you know. Unfortunately for me, I currently don’t have any crazy connections that can lead me to the right people or get myself heard, so I am working towards becoming a force to reckon with. I am aware that who you know and your networks are key for growth and opportunities within such a competitive field.
Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.
1. I know how to ride a horse.
2. I have a fear of rats.
3. I hate pineapple on pizza.
If you could wish for one thing to aid your career, what would it be?
The one thing I could wish for is an opportunity to showcase myself to a wide audience via a highly recognized platform with the music of my style.
Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….
I definitely worry about cancel culture, as in some cases, it has become a trend. I have seen some of the most talented artists or personalities get canceled instantly and have never been able to recapture or build their buzz again. I think it puts a strain on people expressing their true thoughts and opinions as they can either come back to haunt them in the future, or their words/actions can be interpreted wrongly.
Do you sign up for any conspiracy theories? If not, why not?
The death of 2Pac and him being in “Cuba” is one that always gets debated amongst myself and my peers.
What was the worst experience on stage?
My worst experience on stage is that on one of my first performances, I drank to “calm my nerves,” and I ended up being wasted before my set, and had a terrible performance, lol.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.
I started off being interested in photography and acting; I had a huge passion for these fields and ended up studying both. As time passed, I fell in love with music, and I haven’t looked back since.
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
I think my authentic storytelling, vulnerability, and diversity are what make me stand out. I think the depth, in particular, of some of my songs (if you really listen to the words and stories) is a distinction of what I am about. I am not afraid to cross genres or experiment; I have a passion for all types of music and I am willing to embrace and work with various artists, producers, and individuals from all walks of life.
I hear you have new music; what can you tell us about it?
I currently have a new project out called “Feels,” which is my debut mixtape. It is about me letting go of my old feelings and letting in new ones. As I have grown older, I have had experiences in love, friendship, family… life, which have led me to have positive or toxic feelings. This body of work touches on subject matters of feelings and reflects up until this point.
What was the recording process like?
My recording process is very fun. It usually consists of a beat playing, either one I have made an online producer, or a beat that is being made from scratch. I usually let the beat play and write; there isn’t always a specific topic matter or concept, but that is the beauty of the unknown. There are occasions where the verses may be one take or occasions where it could take a day, weeks, months, or years; it is all part of the process, and I love and live for it.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
The biggest learning curve came from wise words from my friend Mic-Lo. He sat me down and said that I should always be myself and experiment. I went through a phase where I would always use the same pockets, beat styles, and structure. He acknowledged it was cool and it was working for me, but he has always known me to be unorthodox and creative in my ways. It was the push I needed to keep me hungry yet humble.
Would you change anything now that it’s finished?
I would not change anything as everything happens for a reason.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
I would like to say thank you if you have taken the time to read this; every little bit of support goes a long way. I am currently working on new music and videos, and there is a lot to come: big blessings, abundance, and love.