Edward Burnett talks with singer-songwriter Trish Discord from New York City about marketing, possible Christmas covers and where she wants to travel.
RNRR: Hi and welcome to Spotlight, this time I’m joined with indie rock singer Trish Discord from Queens, NYC! How are you doing Trish? How’s this year treating you?
TRISH: I am good thanks for having me! It’s been good musically so far! I have been releasing a few singles, a bunch of covers on my YouTube, and plan to release a full album before the year ends! The last single I released was called ‘Desire’ and was a mix of alternative rock and Indietronica. The single released before that ‘Strife’ also had a lot of Electronic indie rock sounds while covering political themes. These singles are meant to be part of the full album ‘The Aftermath of 2016’ soon to be released!
RNRR: What is your personal favourite of the songs you have released? Why does this particular song hold a special place in your heart?
TRISH: My favorite so far is ‘Desire’ as I think it shows my progress musically and is personally one of my favorites with its rawness and message throughout.
RNRR: You raise an important issue there with your answer. As a musical artist, what do you find more important to achieve in your songs- developing musically or rather promoting a particular message thematically?
TRISH: I think I would say the second though I do try to develop musically with each project I do. Each album so far has been a concept around a theme. The first album I put out last may ‘Is This My Mental Breakdown?’ has each song dedicated to a different mental health disorder. The album that I am currently working on will be called ‘The Aftermath of 2016’ and will be about how things changed personally for me as well as politically for the word from 2016 onward.
RNRR: On the topic of developing musically, do you feel constrained to the genre you perform or do you feel in the future your career could be fluid in a genre sense and you may find yourself trying out varying styles and sounds?
TRISH: I think I can see myself being fluid in terms of sound and genre and evolving. Even between my last album and the upcoming album you can hear a genre change as the electronic elements are added that weren’t there on the last album.
RNRR: There you bring us nicely round to your upcoming album. Can you reveal anything exclusively about it to RNRR? How many songs are you planning to have on it? Give us all the deets!
TRISH: Sure! I plan to have 10 songs on it and bring a lot more electronic elements into it than I had in my first album but also keeping the alternative rock sound as well. My new producer does EDM herself so that is also why ‘Strife’ and ‘Desire’, both singles off this upcoming album, sound so different than my first album. The content will be a lot about how my life was in 2016 with the political changes we all know that happened in the US and UK, to living in London and traveling in Europe during that time, to the personal issues I was dealing. This album will be a lot more raw than the last as it naturally flowed out of me while the last I had to push myself to think of some of the concepts since I had to research each mental disorder. There will be a few mental health elements in this album too but it won’t be the focus as it was in the last one!
RNRR: Sounds like a refreshing mix of styles and content then which surely is what all artists strive to achieve. I for one am looking forward to listening to the collection of music. On that topic of variety, what favourite album of yours would you hurl forward as a great example of a collection of varying songs? Wolf Alice may be a good example but I know our readers are always on the lookout for artists with a dynamic sound that can alter throughout their work?
TRISH: Hmm I would say I really like Falling in Reverse’s album ‘Coming Home’. I think listening to content from different albums would highlight their diversity in style but I recommend the singles ‘Drugs’ and ‘Losing My Mind’ to hear genre bending within the same song. Lately they have been a real source of inspiration to me since Ronnie Radke (the lead singer and main songwriter) writes very personal, gripping lyrics with catchy melodies while being able to blur different styles seamlessly. The album I mentioned has a lot of electronic rock in it which is what I am going for with my upcoming album.
RNRR: Some great picks there, what would you say is a guilty pleasure record of yours though? Something that wouldn’t be a genre we associate with you but an album that resonates regardless for you?
TRISH: Hmm that is hard since I mainly listen to songs within my own genre but I would say Mitski is a big inspiration to me but with the exception of a handful of songs, her music is much calmer than mine. Her stuff is more like a light-indie acoustic genre with some synth pop too.
RNRR: Indie acoustic has many talented acts doesn’t it, brilliant choice there. So let’s talk about music distribution. You’re very active on the internet side of things, putting out videos often of you playing guitar on Instagram. How important is the internet for both the spreading of your music but also the connectivity pros? Especially when being a 21st century musical artist?
TRISH: I would say being an artist now and marketing yourself is a completely different ball game then it was before the internet. It allows more diversity of the artist pool cause each artist can represent themselves online independently instead of waiting for someone big to sign them. I think it also has helped me connect with people who relate to my music all around US and other parts of the world simply because of how easy it is to find other people online. Those listeners might not have found me if it wasn’t for my social media accounts. I like that as an independent artist using the internet I have complete control over my own marketing as well which I know you might lose when you are signed. I think every artist nowadays should be leveraging their social media platforms to the fullest.
RNRR: Social media is definitely a resounding key tool in this modern age for sure especially with regards to promotion of the arts. On the subject of the wider arts, besides music what other entertainment mediums do you enjoy? Are you a big tv watcher or an avid cinephile? What’s Trish’s downtime consist of?
TRISH: I really love true crime documentaries, especially ones about serial killers. My favorite one is probably the Sons of Sam one on Netflix. I also love cooking and traveling. I visited over 15 countries in Europe when I studied in London and that was probably what made me love travel and learning about different cultures. One of my songs on the upcoming album will be about using traveling as a form of escapism actually!
RNRR: Where in the world would you most like to travel to? Is there anywhere you’re yet to go to but are particularly desperate to get to?
TRISH: I would say Japan. I had planned to go April of 2020 bit the pandemic prevented that. I really love learning about Japanese culture and love Mitski who is a Japanese/American artist so it would be interesting to see her background while traveling. I also think the minimalist culture of Japan is interesting and it would be great to somehow incorporate a visit there into my music
RNRR: With a similar sort of question, where would you most like to perform your music in the world? Is there a specific country you think would be immense to tour around or perhaps there’s a certain festival you’d like to gig at?
TRISH: I would say I would really LOVE to tour Europe somehow especially London since some of my songs were inspired by the city. I also love European culture so it would be cool to immerse myself in it once again while sharing my music.
RNRR: As well as your aspirations, what else do you aim to do in the near future? Where round you like to be with your music and it’s outreach by the end of the calendar year Trish?
TRISH: Well I am trying to record more cover videos and release another original video at the moment. Keep an eye out for a pop goes rock cover of Lil Naz and Justin Bieber. I’ll likely do a Christmas cover too!
RNRR: So finally, the all important question which we ask every guest on Spotlight! You’re going to a desert island for the rest of your days, you’re only allowed one album to play- what are you taking Trish and why?
TRISH: That is a tough question! I think I would pick ‘My Mind Makes Noises’ by Pale Waves cause it’s one of the few albums I can listen to the entire thing and not get sick of it!
RNRR: Very good choice! Well it’s been a pleasure having you on Spotlight. You’ve been insightful and individual- the most we could wish from a new guest! Best of luck with everything to come in 2021!
If you'd like to find out more about Trish or listen to her new two covers: 'I'm Not a Vampire' and 'Zombie' then the links to all her socials can be found below via the icons: