We had the good fortune of connecting with Trent Park and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Trent, what do you attribute your success to?
I think the most important factor behind my success is understanding that the “feeling” of success will change in definition every day and that consistency is key to creating an artistic identity. I think the coolest thing about my brand is it wasn’t defined too early. I wanted to make sure to try things & explore my music and visuals to uncharted territory. I wanted to try things safe and try things wild cause I know my artist brand is swaying in between simple and complex. I think the coolest thing about me as a creative that has allowed my success is that I forgive myself for my mistakes rather quickly. I know that everything I create isn’t going to be perfect; knowing that it allows me to try more often.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a cocktail of marginalized communities (black/gay/mexican). This blended identity led to a lot of confusion and layer of sadness that I used to hate. I then grew to utilize my sadness & confusion as a strength;painting with the darker colors of emotions I was able to find a musical style that is uniquely my own. I made sadness a brand. I took the deeper emotions of life and told a story musically & visually. My art isn’t that different at first glance, but it does have a texture to it that is specifically me and no-one can reciprocate. I blend alternative left of center vibes with hip-hop edge and a touch of orchestral emotion toward my music. I aim to have my visuals lead with emotion and relevance while aiming for symmetry/contrast/mood. I’ve learned so much as I grew into a songwriter to a music producer to a video director.Each creative step informs the next and I feel I’m able to have a footprint that is such my own. I would love the world to know that they are seen. Whatever community you feel (or don’t feel part of) I hope you can find an ounce of relation to the art I’m making. Whatever your story I think you can find a morsel of escape in my art.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I have such an old man personality that my idea of a good time sounds lame but I like what I like. My ideal scenario would be do a beachworkout in the morning followed by a smoothie in Venice. Grab a coffee at The Kimpton Peer then do a walk in Beverly Hills Park. We would catch a DJ set at a rooftop somewhere after and do a lunch at Zinque. Go window shopping maybe around The Grove then have a drink or two at the Abbey then a dessert at the Yogurt Stop on Santa Monica before heading home.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout goes to my creative team that has helped me through my creative journey. I have a handful of people in my life that continue to support my art by going above and beyond helping me by donating their time & funds to let my vision come to existence. There is no possible way I can do my music & visuals without the ones that have sowed seeds of kindness into it.
Brandon Kaipo Patrick McPheron Baz Here