I first wanted to take the time and thank you for doing this interview with me today. For our readers who haven’t heard of you yet, can you tell us about yourself and anything about the band you’d want us to know? Who have been your major influences in your writing style?
Thank you for taking the time to interview me! Well, the first thing about this project is that I’m not really a band; I’m more of a studio project. I hire studio musicians once I have a song roughed out.
The major influences on my writing are life events and anything that causes me to have a strong emotional response.
Currently I’m more active as a visual artist and am a painter and sculptor; I’m treating music as just another creative medium and I’m working under 6 aliases; 3 music projects and 3 visual art series. (http://www.trimorfik.com)
Let’s talk about what you currently have going on. Any new music or new tours in the works? If you were to say one song of your own perfectly sums up what you are all about which song would that be?
I have some new music in the works that I’m really excited about and I’ve recently begun looking into touring. I hadn’t planned anything tour-wise, initially, since I didn’t have an expectations when I released the EP. I had quietly released it in November; digitally distributed it, made a quick lyric video so that people wouldn’t mistake my lyric “alien nation” for “Aryan nation” and then went back to working on some visual arts commitments. Then, in December, I received a streaming report that Land Mine was streamed over 719000 times in a month. So, now I’m looking into booking some shows.
If I had to choose one track to sum myself up, I’d probably go with Land Mine:
When you write any new music, can you tell us what the process is like? Describe to us what happens in a typical writing session.
My writing process is a little complicated since my imagination far exceeds my instrument playing abilities; meaning I can write things for instruments I have no capacity to play. Right now I have to rely on a friend who is a guitar player, and is excellent at music theory. I show him the chords I want, using my keyboard, and he tabs them out for me to give to session musicians. I build the songs that way. It’s slow, and sometimes pretty expensive, so I’m looking into courses to help me become proficient at writing sheet music and playing at least one instrument at a basic level .
With the music industry always changing and evolving, what are the things you like and don’t like about it? What aspects of the industry do you feel have hurt or helped your career? If you could change anything about it, what would it be?
Since I’ve been out of music for quite awhile, the biggest evolution I’ve noticed is how digital platforms have become a major part of how people are listening to music. I personally like how digital distribution allows my music to reach everywhere in the world so that it has the ability to find an audience without having to fight for placement on commercial radio against major label artists. I like it especially in my case where I’ve found much more support outside of Canada.
Do you or any of your band members have any side projects? If so, what are they?
I have two side projects. I have a new rock project called Hooha and the Peter Guns for which I’m finishing up a debut EP. I am also going to be completing a debut EP for a soft rock project called Molly Grue.
When you’re preforming how do you handle any mistakes on stage if they ever happen? Do you have any stories that stand out to you that you had to make a memorable recovery?
My mistakes are mainly lyric related, so people rarely notice anyway. I usually cram so many words into a song that you would have to know my lyrics as well as I do in order to catch the mistake. The only major mistake I can recall offhand is I repeated a verse twice in a row on a tv performance. I had drank too much beer, was not at my clearest, and completely forgot the words to my own song.
How do you decide which songs go into a set when you perform live? Do you change up the sets or stick to a regular set list? Do you have any covers?
I mainly stick to a regular set list. For covers, I want to incorporate a male vocalist so that I can do a version of ” You’re the one that I want” from the movie Grease, since my project name is a nod to the character Sandra Dee. I’d also like to develop and perform a punked up version of Red Rubber Ball by The Cyrkle.
If you had a choice to go on any bands tour, which tour would you pick and why?
You know… I should really do some research and find a nice band that would be fun to tour with. I never really know what to say when I’m asked this question. In general though, I’d like to tour with any band, or artist, who doesn’t have an insufferable ‘rock star’ attitude. Nothing has ruined a show for me as much as having to share a stage with people who take themselves far too seriously.
Do you have any advice for any upcoming artists? What’s the best piece of advice someone gave you when you realized you wanted to be a musician?
My advice for upcoming artists is: Don’t make it a goal to be the shadow of another band or artist. The music industry, and the world in general, needs less copies of copies.
Any last words?
That sounds so final and mildly threatening. I like it.
Thank you for interviewing me! I hope people take the time to check out the music and for anyone who has downloaded it or is streaming the EP, thank you!