THEAUSSIEWORD.COM catches up with US singer/songwriter Trevor Blake.
How and where did it all begin for you? What drew your interest to the music industry?
I’ve been involved with music since I was 15 playing in bands. I just loved the idea of being able to create something from nothing and put it out into the world, it’s an amazing process that I wanted to be a part of.
What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music?
Seeing all the bands I grew up listening to do great things is a big push for me to try and accomplish those same feats. I want to make this world a better place than I left it and I think music is a great way to do that, changing peoples thoughts can change the way we live.
What are some of your biggest goals you hope to accomplish?
I want to tour and visit some of the greatest cities in the world, and obviously I want my music to reach as many people as possible so a Gold record would be a nice touch.
What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour?
I’ve got a music video for my single “Down” that I absolutely loved filming and I can’t wait to unveil that. I have my fingers crossed that we have a vaccine before the release of my album in 2021 so I can start playing shows again, but until then I’d love to do some virtual shows.
Tell us a bit about your latest release and how would you best describe your music?
My upcoming single “Down” is coming out on December 1st 2020. It’s a song about breaking out of the projected characters we play in other peoples lives and just enjoying life to the fullest and being whoever we want to be. I’d say my music is Pyschadelic Pop, not in the sense that it sounds psychedelic but more in terms of lyrical content, I love slipping in little things that most people would overlook.
Give us an insight into your creative process. What gets you writing songs?
Typically it’s 3am and I hop on my piano and play around on my piano until something really clicks with me. Almost everytime I turn it on I write a song. I think whenever I learn a big life lesson I want to share it with the world and my creative juices get flowing and I just let whatever posses me to take over.
Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music?
Oh absolutely. Almost all of my music throws in subtle hints to my own psychedelic expericences, I know a lot of people shy away from being that blunt about it, but it’s an experience that needs to be talked about because it can bring so much value to people.
Success, what is the secret to it?
Hard work, taking chances, creativity, learning, and dedication. There’s really no secret, it’s obvious that if you put in the work and have the know how you will succeed.
What has been your biggest career highlight so far?
Making the music video for “Down” it was really the first time I had an idea for a video that came out exactly how I pictured it in my head and I can’t wait for everyone to see it.
Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?
Paul McCartney. I admire how positive he keeps his music and it’s amazing to see a man thrive the way he has even into his old age. Billie Eilish too, we can all see how hard it is to handle fame and her story is no different, struggling with depression myself I admire how she keeps herself afloat amidst all the negativity.
Are there any new projects in the pipeline?
My album is releasing in 2021 and beyond that I have plans to really experiment on the next record.
The music industry is constantly changing, where do you see yourself a few years?
It’s so hard to say, hopefully adapting. Obviously I want to say I’ll be touring and seeing great success but the future will tell itself. All I can do is put in the work and hope it all pays off.
What is your favourite and least favourite part about this line of work and why?
My favorite is performing and creating. The time between that where I’m prepping my release can be very discouraging not knowing how my music will be recieved, but I still find some joy in it where I can.
Name a few of your favourite Australian artists.
In Hearts Wake is a great band, I actually had the oppurtunity to play with them while they were in America. Great guys, and have an absolutely amazing live show. Tame Impala is very good and even name dropped me in a song (although I’m about 95% sure it was a different Trevor).
The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years, including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye?
The industry can be amazing when working with geniune people, but for some money talks and I guess we just have to take that as it is. Social Media has become an absolute staple and I think now more than ever we artists and media outlets need a better platform where we can be heard, I hope that some day we get that platform. For the time being all we can do is follow the rules in place now and learn and adapt.
How will you continue appealing to the international market?
I make music true to me and I think that’s well recieved everywhere. Thankfully worldwide releases are now very easy and I love working with press outside of America, I’ll continue to do that as I progress into my career.
Do you collaborate with others? Who is on your wish-list?
So far I haven’t but would love to. Speaking realistically I’m a big fan of this new artist out of New York, Morgan Saint. Geena Fontanella is another, I follow both of them on Instagram and I think it would be awesome to work with either of them.
What advice do you give for other artists wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Be prepared to put the work in and be authentic to yourself. As much as this can be a job you need to enjoy yourself when you create your content, people can tell the difference.
Thank you so much for your continued support. I usually talk to most fans on Instagram, Facebook and Tik Tok but if you message me or even tweet at me I’ll see it, and I love to hear from you guys.
Any last words?
Watch Joe Pera Talks with You it’s an amazing show. Also, my single comes out December 1st and you can Preorder and Pre-save it on my website.