We had the good fortune of connecting with Trent Peltz and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Trent, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?

Art serves as one of the only boundary-less industries in the world, liberating us from wrong answers, intolerances, and social injustices. Art holds the power to break down barriers and unite humanity, despite any judgements or varying opinions.

I tapped into the connecting power that art holds at the early age of 10, writing music as my only source of therapy while my parents went through a vicious divorce and I navigated moving to LA. Within a year of living in this ever-inspiring city, I knew that my calling was to connect people through music and speak to my life experiences, shedding light on real-world problems and offering hope to anyone who could relate to my messages.

I have always believed that music holds the power to heal and bring people together, and I hope to be a catalyst in the change I know it can bring to the world.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I pride myself in authenticity. There are no topics or issues that I think should be off limits when it comes to art. I’m a storyteller who wants people to learn and grow from the art they digest. If that means writing songs about addiction or heartbreak, so be it.

My debut album, “Crossing Bridges,” explores this sense of authenticity to the fullest, diving deep into the story of an abusive relationship and the trials & tribulations that come with intense love.

Has it always been easy to remain authentic to myself? Hell no. In a city with so many other talented artists and constant distraction, I’ve found myself in long periods with no creative drive, or simply trying to make music other people will love, rather than music I truly love. While these phases are sometimes horrifying to artists, I think they are also some of the most valuable, growth opportunities that teach us even more about ourselves and what we want to achieve through art.

Basically, anyone who wants to hear relatable, life-applicable messages (from a guy who’s just trying to navigate the obstacles of life) should check out my music. Oh, and, of course, it will probably help if you like psychedelic, synth-infused indie-rock.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Beaches, mountains, deserts, sushi, and concerts. That basically sums up what a week trip would look like for a friend visiting me.

One day would be spent touring the various beach vibes LA has to offer – Malibu, the Venice boardwalk. I would absolutely take them on hikes around the city – Malibu Creek State Park, Runyon, Griffith Park. A day trip to Joshua Tree never hurt anyone.

And, of course, I would have to embed them in LA’s sushi culture by hitting Yamashiro for a nice dinner then taking them to some of my favorite bars, like No Vacancy or Bar Lis.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
When it comes to my story and evolution as a person/artist, my grandpa deserves all the credit and recognition I could possibly give. From exposing me to nature to teaching me my first blues scale on the piano, he was always my greatest inspiration and supporter. In 2020, at the start of the pandemic, my grandpa was undergoing chemotherapy for a brutal battle with pancreatic cancer. Despite the many major life obstacles he was faced with at the time, he never lost faith in me. All he wanted was for me to finally record my first solo album and in the midst of quarantine, he surprised me with everything I needed to build a home studio. Although he passed away before the release of the album, I know nothing would make him more proud and any success I have is accredited to him.

Website: linktr.ee/trentpeltz

Instagram: instagram.com/tpeltz

Other: https://open.spotify.com/artist/47g14DDLZXTW1igoFG875M?si=dxcDuNZtQCu4AB1SNKv7FA

Image Credits
Isabelle Lesh

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