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Friday, June 24, 2011

Q&A with Trent Pryor

I recently reconnected with an old high school friend of mine, Shane. We were reminiscing about the past, when he mentioned that he manages a young musician who graduated from our high school this year. The kid's name is Trent Pryor and he's a singer/songwriter/guitarist.

I listened to a couple of Trent's songs and I thought he was pretty good. Plus, we all know I'm a sucker for a cute boy.

You can hear one of his original songs below:

Impressive, isn't he?

I managed to score an interview with the handsome and polite musician. I hope you enjoy!

Here it is:

1. How would you describe your music?

I would describe my music as acoustic rock with a country twist, and for me is deeply personal and relatable. Everything I write relates to something that has happened in my life. Some situations worse than others.
2. How did you get started in music?

Ever since I was a baby, my uncle used to sing and play his guitar for me. On my fifth birthday, he gave me my first guitar. How was that?...Never stopped.
3. Who has been your greatest influence as a musician?

My greatest influence was and always will be Johnathan Joseph Theodore Rzeznik of The Goo Goo Dolls.

4. When writing songs, what inspires you?

The things that inspire me as a songwriter would be all the experiences (good or bad) that I have taken the time to learn from and better myself not only as a musician, but a human being as a whole.
5. What do you hope to achieve with your music?

I believe that every person needs to feel the way they feel, without fear of being judged or looked down upon. In my writing I want to express to all listeners that it is okay to feel the way you feel in any situation. Whether it be a loss in a family or friend, or a heart wrenching break up. I just want to let people know that they are not the only ones who have felt hurt or alone. We're human, we have emotions. It's okay to express them.

6. How did your family react when they found out you wanted to be a musician? Have they been supportive?

My family was not surprised when I told them all I wanted to be was a musician. All family members have been supportive, however my parents and uncle have invested more time and money into my career to be successful. They have provided me with the right equipment, the lessons, the attention, and support to keep me doing what I love to do most.

7. What has been the most important lesson you have learned while trying to make it as a performer?

You have to give the same performance and dedication in every show you do. But I also discovered that that is only half the battle. The business side is the hardest to overcome. You need people with connections who believe in you and want to make you into something great. You also need to play shows like crazy, to get your name out there. You can't be selfish when it comes to money. You need to work your way up.

8. What challenges have you faced as a musician?

Facing the reality of trying to record, or trying different methods of promotion have to wait. When you are a young artist, only making minimum wage at your day job, your budget is limited.
9. What makes you stand out from other artists?

I appreciate and respect all the support of my fans, and I take the time to sit and talk to get to know them, because I want them to feel like they know me as well. I don't feel that that's a connection I'll ever lose because they are what my career is based on.
10. When you're not busy performing or writing songs, what else do you like to do? Any hobbies or activities?

When I'm not performing, I usually spend time with my friends or my family. Trying to find ways that my parents might need help around the house. Just little things. When I'm not around my friends or family, I'm usually at my job as a lifeguard or lifting at the gym. A few video games here and there, listening to music. Just normal dude stuff.
If you're interested in learning even more about Trent, or listening to his other songs, check out his Facebook page here or his Reverbnation page here.

I hope you all have an awesome weekend!


Josie said...

Talented, intelligent, AND cute? Obsessed.
xo Josie

Couture Carrie said...

Awesome interview, darling!
Love that he got his first guitar at age 5!


Andrés Corella said...

I though his music was very good..and wow is he hot? I think we might be seeing more from him in a very short time..great interveiw

The Black Label

Bonnie said...

First, yay for catching up with old friends.
Second, he's adorable.
Third, he is way too talented to be believable.
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Shannon said...

Ooooh - I like him. And Rzeznik of The Goo Goo Dolls as his idol? That's awesome. The Goo Goo Dolls are originally from Buffalo NY. One of the only famous musicians to hail from our snowbound city! <3

Tights Lover said...

Great interview, I really enjoyed reading it. I always wished I had some shred of musical talent...these people make me jealous...hahaha!

jos xx said...

loved reading this interview. the song is awesome!
just like someone already said, he's talented and handsome!

jos xx

Courtney Erin said...

Nice interview!

xoxo ~ Courtney

Venus In Virgo said...

Very nice! And he's a cutie. XOXO

Mrs. C said...

What a fun interview on learning how someone got into music!!! Thanks for stopping by the blog! :) Glad I am your newest follower!

StyleID said...

He is cute ... and has a beautiful voice. I loved, loved, loved the song! the guitar + his voice = Perfect.
Thanks for sharing and also for your comment :) said...

Wow. Is he for real? He's adorable, has a magical voice, and sounds like such a nice, level-headed guy. I hope he puts Bieber out of business. Great interview.

sabrina oliveratta said...

Very nice post. and he is so cute!
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I´ll be waiting you there!

Fashion Cappuccino said...

He's the whole package! Please give him my number if he's single, hehe..Thank you for the interview! I believe he will be very successful! xoxoxoo

Kassandra said...

wow! Awesome interview! I love your blog!! follow you now! follow me back?

the nyanzi report said...

good stuff.

Anonymous said...

I love this interview, I've read it all!! I'm in love with him! ahahah a kiss,Mony

Kiki's Book of Dreams said...

I don't know about the others! But I enjoyed myself with this post! The song is cute, he 2! Thanks for the comment dear and for the help!
xoxo Kiki

Marielleheart said...

Oehh like this! Really cool and original post! Would you like to follow each other? llove, m.

Cafe Fashionista said...

What a great interview, Jennifer - he's such a cutie. And a smart/talented one at that! :)

glee said...

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SAM said...

wow, he's a cutie!! great interview :)

Oh to Be a Muse said...

ahh, he's adorable. can i just say that when i first saw him i thought "this kid looks like a young johnny rzeznik" so it's pretty awesome that he is inspired by him. love the goo goo dolls! i hope Julie of Pop Champagne reads this--she's like the biggest Goo Goo Dolls fan!

Theonlyfashionprincess said...

he's cool x

Sherin said...

Oooo, he sounds great. I'm loving the music. And he's cute...wait, I think he's younger than me. He's definitely really talented!

Sarah M said...

wow hes quite talented! great interview! wish him the best of luck!

Dahl said...

Damn!! He is ripped! And totally cute. How awesome that you got to interview him. Was it in person? Did you get to see his hotness with your own two eyes?

Besides the looks factor, he's also a great singer! I like the clip of his song. And I love the Goo goo dolls, they're amazing.

erinj0 said...

Wow, can I say that I was surprised he is so good :) In a way, he sort of reminds me of Tyler Ward (who is one of my favorite artists)

I love his answer to questions number 5! It is so nice that you interviewed him, it makes the audience relate to him,a and even makes me want to listen to more of his music just by knowing his background and thoughts!

LiezyL said...

how i wish i had his awesome songwriting skills!

Samantha said...

Echoing Josie!

Also, it was nice to read an interview of someone who you knew. :o)

Thanks for visiting my blog! :o)


Fashion.MakeUp.LifeStyle said...

WOW..he's so talented and soooo handsome too. Love his music.

<3 Marina

A BRIT GREEK said...

Hey gorgeousness! How's tricks?

Great interview doll, can't believe he's been playing the guitar since he was 5!

ChiccaStyle said...

WOW,talented, cute and smart!So what's need more!!!
Thanks for sharing!

Olga said...

Good looking guy - he'll always find a way into a girl's heart :)

Audrey Allure said...

He sounds amazing, and I am definitely a sucker for a guitarist. He's really cute too! Great Q&A.

Diego R. Wyatt said...

Awesome interview. I am digging his voice. You can definitely hear the Johnny Rzeznik influence.


mirjam schuurkamp said...

my lord, he is soo pretty!
what a Qute boy

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Kristin said...

What a doll he is!

Kavery said...

Learnt the guitar at 5? That's a child prodigy right there.

Meri said...

It's refreshing to hear of a young person speak more about their fans or wanting to connect with others, rather than about being famous or making a lot of money!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Oh very cool and he seems like a pretty nice guy as well. It's all about being able to express how you feel right?

Chic 'n Cheap Living

The Blonde Duck said...

He sounds great! I'll have to check

Shane S. said...

Thank you all for your comments and support! I am Trent's manager, and another way you can support Trent is to 'Like' his Facebook fan page! The more fans, the more opportunities that arise for him to be heard. Thanks again!

Trent Pryor said...

First, allow me to thank all of you for all of your heart warming comments. It makes me feel reassured that there are a lot of people, besides the people in my hometown, who enjoy hearing me sing.

Second, thank you Jen for taking the time to interview me. I understand you have a lot going on and I am very appreciative that you took time out of your day to interview a local artist such as myself.

Third, If you are around the area, I would love to see some of you at my shows. Like the fan page on facebook or become a fan a reverbnation.

Once again thank you all so much and I will hopefully see some of you down the road.

Peace, love, and empathy,
-Trent Pryor-

Ocean Dreams said...

Wow what a great guy! He's super great and very talented. I loved how candid he was in the interview too.

Tamara Nicole said...

I am all about people chasing their dreams! Great interview hun:-)