Trish: This industry is 10% talent and 90% business

This week we have Trish as our guest on The Come Up Show Podcast. Trish is a singer, songwriter and has been making music for over 15 years. Her career started at the age of nine when she was on the road with her father performing at restaurants. At that age she was singing backup for Lily Allen, “I remember being nervous, but I also remember wanting to be a part of that world,” Trish told Chedo. She just released her EP Joseph with Toronto’s most well-known collaborator, Birthday Boy.

Trish has a long history of being “jaded” in the music industry, after being signed with Capitol Records. Hear what she learned from the situation and how she overcame writer’s block, and how Canada’s slow to discover their own artists. Below is an excerpt from our talk, play the podcast to hear more.

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Find inspiration to get through writer’s block [10:00]

Trish: I felt jaded. When you’re going into it for the right purpose of making music not to make money. I lost that love, the passion, everything else put a bad taste in my mouth and I felt like I wasn’t able to deliver as an artist after a while. I’d go into the studio and the music wasn’t coming out how I was hearing it in my head. I wasn’t able to write, I was in writer’s block again. So for artists who ever go through that, I recommend you always try and find inspiration, be around people who are into the same things you are and just try. If you’re not writing, write with someone, or if you can’t write with someone, get someone to write for you. Maybe they’ll be the ones to help you with your career. As long as you keep trying, especially if you don’t give up…. For me, it’s been over 15 years, that I’ve been making music. I’ve worked with bands, I’ve backed up artists in all different kinds of genres… I found that when I was on the downtime where I wasn’t able to deliver, I put myself on the road with artists in their music. It’s always best to find yourself vested in something musically. Go to shows, get inspired. If you can’t find the support, then support somebody else.

Toronto is not for entertainment [24:00]

Trish: I feel like this city is not really for entertainment it’s more for business. You mentioned it before that Canada’s kind of slow to it, and I don’t know if they’re completely slow to the talent that comes out of the city or the country. But it’s interesting to see only certain faces we see every year at our award shows. It’s discouraging for some. That’s some of the talks that most of us artists have. We don’t have much representation. Sometimes you go out of the country and people ask “Is Drake really the only rapper out of Canada?” He’s not, but that’s what Canada has allowed the world to see… I love this city and what it has to offer, at the end of the day, everyone is an artist. If you checked the underground, there are so many artists in this city and that alone is very inspiring. There are a lot of people coming here to create because of how diverse we are and what we got to offer. I’m hoping the next few years, the stigmas are going to be out the window and be changed for the better for us. It would be lovely.

The ugly side of the industry [34:00]

Trish: When I wanted to become an artist and I wanted to write songs and sing songs, it wasn’t to be rich. It was because I could, and that’s what I wanted to do. Once the money comes into play and you start to see how people change, I feel like part of me was going into the studio like “ugh whatever.” Once I became jaded, once I saw the ugly side of it. I was super naive and you know what? I’m happy what happened to me happened because I wasn’t ready for it. I thought I did not expect to see how I saw or see how I felt or be treated the way I was treated. You’re warned about it but once you actually go through it, it’s like holy sh*t.

Chedo: You hear it all the time, they say the industry is cut throat. You always hear about it, but it’s not till you go through it you realize…

Trish: You really have to love what you do, otherwise this is pointless. I’m a private individual, and I certainly will not sell my body to sell my music. In this industry sex sells, and I feel like it’s going to take me a lot longer to be recognized because I won’t say or do certain things. I don’t think I’m the only one that feels that way.

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