|“Scare Me Most” is a new Hip-Pop single and music video by musical artist Trent Park; the first of several works that he plans to release this summer. Trent writes and produces all of his own material with the help of his creative partner, Bodes. His most recent song is inspired by bad experiences in his love life that have left him feeling hurt and used.
As a Los-Angeles based indie artist currently operating with no management or financial backing, Trent acknowledges that his music and art is presently more important to him than finding a lover.
He recently discussed his blossoming music career via an exclusive interview.
Meagan Meehan (MM): When did you first realize that you wanted to be a musical artist?
Trent Park (TP): I think it came when I first fell in love with music as a kid, getting a piano for Christmas. I don’t think I ever identified myself saying “I want to be an artist,” it was an indefinable feeling and being an artist simply melted into my being. Music felt like home. Honestly, it’s kinda like when you grow into your definition of sexuality. As a kid I never defined myself as gay (because I didn’t really know about the lifestyle yet), I just knew I was different. That’s been my experience with music. Music knew me before I knew it to be something that I would identify myself as.
MM: How would you describe your sound?
TP: I guess I describe it as a blend of spooky pop + horror hip hop + moody optimistic music. Weird description, I know, but press play on my tracks and you’ll get it.
MM: How has being in LA influenced you creatively?
TP: Being in LA has pushed me to understand the whole perspective of being an artist. Before I moved here from a small city in upstate NY, I thought singers needed only to sing well. Moving here, I have been super overwhelmed at the talent but I’m thankful the standard here is so high because it has forced me to take every element of my creative output seriously.
MM: Is it tough to work independently without a manager?
TP: It is tough without a manager! I really can’t wait until I get to the point where I can hire a team to ease the workload and elevate my reach. I am thankful though that I have the talent to execute the different needs of my brand, but Lord knows I’m ready to give up some of that burden.
MM: Is management needed in this digital age?
TP: I think management is needed when you have stuff to manage. So many times, artists think getting a manager right away is the right move. I personally think an artist should develop their own business practices, relationships, knowledge and craft so that they can learn by default who they want to become. When a manager does come in to your life it’s important for you to understand what’s needed and you can clearly communicate what and who you are as a brand.
MM: What events inspired “Scare Me Most”?
TP: Love lost inspired Scare me most. Los Angeles is a great place to meet people, but the dating scene at times really disappoints me. I went on so many great dates and met amazing guys, but it never seemed to work out. I felt like I was always dating ghosts; they floated in and out of my life at the most odd times. I wrote the lyrics to kinda show the darkness of love. In movies love has been personified as the hero, but in “Scare Me Most,” I twist that definition and make it the villain.
MM: Did the lyrics or beat come to you first?
TP: I had this concept in mind for a while before this song even entered the world. I have a notes section in my phone where I type in words, feelings, themes and ideas to pull from when I get into writing mode. The beat always comes next and I usually loop the beat and hit record while I freestyle melodies on top of the track. Words will come out while I freestyle over the song that sometimes inspire the direction of the song. A funny example of that is when recording “Scare Me Most,” I free-styled the words “Whatcha gon’ do” on a part of the song. I sang those exact words because I literally didn’t know “what I was gon’ do” on that part. Listening back to the recording of me singing it, I loved it and had to make it a moment in the song.
MM: Who came up with the concept for the music video?
TP: I came up with the idea and treatment for the video. I prefer to direct my own visuals. I wanted this one to be an immersive theatre experience where the visual took viewers to another world that was both familiar and a stranger. I met with my co-director, Jasmine Osean Thomas, who really brought the friendly horror vibe. Derek Spencer (performance director) played a huge role in blending the choreography elements together.
MM: How long did it take to film?
TP: The entire video was shot in one take! We rehearsed for the first half of the day and once the ideal light came, we had to execute rather quickly. We ran through the whole performance 5 to 6 times and the last shot we nailed and is what you see in the final video. I actually posted a super cool behind the scenes video on my YouTube where you see the mayhem of the whole video shoot.
MM: What is your favorite song that you have written and why?
TP: My favorite song I’ve written tends to change by the day, but at the moment I have to say my latest single release is the best song I’ve written. It is called “Don’t Take My Life Away” released on Juneteenth (June 19) and it addresses the social injustices of the black community. The lyrics are super simple, but have a depth that still make my heart beat faster. I strongly suggest people check it out, not for my sake, but I truly think it is a work that could inspire change. I shot the music video and it will be releasing soon.
MM: Can you tell us a bit about the concept for your next music videos?
TP: The “Don’t Take My Life Away” music video the concept is where the past haunts the present. I collaborated with my friend and creative partner Will Sikora to create a haunting art piece showing the younger version of myself becoming my present shadow (mini me played by Franco Mariano Torres). The relationship is the analogy of a past/present history of oppression. Systematic racism cannot be erased until it is confronted. It is not the typical style of #blm video. This visual is definitely created with my artistic twist on it, but the message is the same- Black Lives Matter.
MM: Any other projects in the works?
TP: I have a sick house remix of my single “Scare Me Most” featuring RUNWAY coming out July 10. Honestly my simple goal with releasing that remix is to go to a club here in West Hollywood and hear it blast through the speakers and everyone start dancing. It’s a small goal but it is something I’ve always wanted! I also have a custom music video for the remix and I think people will be equally terrified and entertained.
MM: What has been the best thing about working in the music industry so far?
TP: The best thing about working in the music industry is the cool and crazy people I’ve met. It is the coolest thing to have friends/frenemies that inspire you. People I have relationships with are creating next level inspiration and that drive is leading me to be better every day.
MM: Would you like to share any final thoughts?
TP: I’m so thankful that I’m allowed to share my art with everyone finally. I worked so hard to get to this point. I was scared to let my true art and vision come to life because I was scared to fail, but now I am more confident than ever. I hope people can follow my journey so hit me up on Instagram @trentpark or YouTube! I love to connect with people.
Trent Park’s “Scare Me Most” is being distributed independently and is available on Apple Music, Spotify, and all digital platforms. Its video is available on YouTube. Visit Trentparkmusic.com. Follow Trent Park on Instagram @ TrentPark and Facebook @ OfficialTrentParkMusic