Later this week, TRISTN’s new record, January will hit stores, including her latest single, “Sky Wide Open”. We couldn’t wait to ask her all about it – she said, “There’s definitely a great balance between happy and sad. It took me a little over a year to complete this album. I completed over 30 songs and we decided on the ones that should be on January. It’s been a huge learning process. I learned something new, difficult, and exciting writing this whole record…’Sky Wide Open’ was written for a good friend of mine who was having a hard time seeing the good side of things. I try to remind everyone, myself included, that things do get real bad but things can get real good, too. I believe in being realistic, but I also believe in hope. Our production leans towards a cinematic atmosphere because I want the world of each song to be relatable, and believable.” Click to https://www.tristn.net/ to prepare for January and pick yourself up with a listen to “Sky Wide Open”…right after a good read of all the answers to the XXQs below.
PensEyeView.com (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what makes you stand out from others in your genre?
TRISTN: I’d say it emphasizes on cinematic elements a little more than other pop/alternative music I’ve heard, generally speaking. Honestly, there’s a lot of music out there today that presents a similar atmosphere. Some of them are strong influences in my writing. If I had to choose the most obvious difference, it would be the fact that I have more freedom in the content I choose to write about.
PEV: What kind of music were you into growing up? Do you remember your first concert?
TRISTN: (Laughing) Yes! I grew up a typical lonely teenager. I listened to everything that came through the radio in the late 90’s, anything that made it to Thailand. I watched a lot of Madonna’s Concert videos and Disney movies, so pretty much Pop, dramatic, dreamy music. I listened to a lot of Michael Jackson, Green Day, Radiohead, Christina Aguilera, Jason Mraz…pretty much everything with stories I can relate to. My frist concert was Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake’s concert. Best Vocal performance I’ve seen live until today.
PEV: What was it like trying to break into the music scene when you first started? What was your first show like?
TRISTN: My first show, I was really young, but I remember it like it was yesterday. I was about 9 years old, singing on stage for a really big wedding. But I felt this sense of comfort, I remember thinking, this is where I belong, making people smile, giving them a good time. My first open mic show in New York City, I didn’t feel that different, besides the fact that everyone looked like they were about to grade me (laughing). But once the music starts, I’m right back in my comfort zone, doing what I love most – doing what I do to give everyone a good time. I guess, I didn’t have a concept of breaking into the music scene until it got serious about a year and a half ago. It’s definitely refreshing that I get to work with professionals and learn new things.
PEV: What can fans expect from a live TRISTN show?
TRISTN: A massive amount of fun, I’d like it to feel like we’re all in this party together. We do our best to connect with our audience as much as we can. My music is quite anthemic, so I tend to involve the crowd when possible (laughing). Most responses I’ve gotten so far have been about how we’re a load of fun. I do my best to create shows that resemble my world. It’s kind of like sugary confetti, I think (laughing).
TRISTN: Woohoo! Let’s have an awesome show!
PEV: What is the best part about being on stage in front of an audience?
TRISTN: Breaking down the first minute I get on stage (in slow motion) I fill the whole room with the colors from my world, from my microphone all the way to the front entrance. My band members and I become an army of happiness. The best part is the whole part. When everything runs smoothly with sound and lighting, the whole experience, also for our audience, turns into a breath of fresh air. When our shows ends, and everyone feels a little bit better than yesterday, that’s the best part.
PEV: What is the underlying inspiration for your music?
TRISTN: People. Every song on the record was written either from my own life experience or for someone who needed inspiration at the time. One song was written for one my fans who wanted to give up following his dreams and I ended up writing a song for him. “Sky Wide Open” was written for a good friend of mine who was having a hard time seeing the good side of things. I try to remind everyone, myself included, that things do get real bad but things can get real good, too. I believe in being realistic, but I also believe in hope. Our production leans towards a cinematic atmosphere because I want the world of each song to be relatable, and believable.
PEV: Thinking back to when you first started out, do you ever look back on your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?
TRISTN: I don’t think I’ve arrived at a destination in my career where I could look back yet. Right now I have to stay focused and look straight ahead. The times I look back are usually when I write music about experiences in the past. Other times would be when I want to remind myself to keep moving, that I’ve gotten through a lot of tough times. I think about the people who have helped me in the past, some are still amazing advisors. I try to keep those moments alive.
PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about you?
TRISTN: You’d definitely be surprised to hear about my super powers.
PEV: What happens when you hit a brick wall when writing? What are your methods to get over it?
TRISTN: I try to find a different story to tell. I look at songwriting the same way I look at storytelling. If I hit a wall, it’s usually because I don’t have enough passion for that story in that moment, or maybe I don’t know who I’m telling the story to. The problem I usually run into is that I have too much to say and I have to choose which one to focus on first.
PEV: How do you think the industry has changed since you first started out?
TRISTN: We have more access to each other’s work. We also have more access to tools that help us make art at a commercial level. I believe we have evolved impressively.
PEV: What can fans expect from your upcoming album, January, due out September 8, featuring “Sky Wide Open”? What was the writing process like for this work?
TRISTN: Definitely a great balance between happy and sad. It took me a little over a year to complete this album. I completed over 30 songs and we decided on the ones that should be on January. It’s been a huge learning process. I learned something new, difficult, and exciting writing this whole record.
PEV: With all your traveling, is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?
TRISTN: Yes. I’d love to play for Japan and England.
PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career?
TRISTN: It depends really. Some are supportive, some are worried, a lot of them are kind of afraid I’d fail. It’s nothing I can control. I think they’d feel the same way if I did something else (laughing).
PEV: What can we find you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?
TRISTN: I take myself to places I’ve never been before, like a block party on a new block (laughing).
PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration. Why?
TRISTN: Sigur Ro’s. They make music in a way that can be seen and felt all at once. I don’t have to know their spoken language to understand what their music is trying to convey.
PEV: Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?
TRISTN: Yes, definitely! I have a whole list of them, can’t exactly choose one. We definitely have a lot of great musicians who put themselves out there passionately. I’m very excited to meet more.
PEV: If playing music wasn’t your life (or life’s goal), what would you do for a career?
TRISTN: I’d write children’s books.
PEV: So, what is next for TRISTN?
TRISTN: Breaking down bigger walls, and moving bigger mountains.
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