Enter The World Of TR/ST
TR/ST is out here breaking boundaries.
The breathlessly ambitious Canadian producer is on the march once more, announcing a full European tour including a UK date.
It's a bold move, one that follows the overwhelming acclaim lavished on his new album 'The Destroyer -1'.
The opening segment of a two-part project, the crisp, crunching electronics find TR/ST exploring new elements of the digital landscape.
Award-winning director Jordan Hemingway stepped in to take control of the stunning video for 'Gone', resulting in some blistering, inspired visuals.
We caught up with TR/ST for a quick chat about the album, his collaborations, and more, just as tickets for the new tour go on sale.
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It’s been five years since your last album, how have you used that time? Are you continually creating, or did you need some form of down time after 2014’s ‘Joyland’?
There was touring Joyland then a little downtime to recover and a move to Los Angeles. Then about 3 years of writing and reworking the material. Then an inevitable label shop.
The new project is split in two – how do the two aspects compliment one another? What themes drive ‘The Destroyer -1’?
The second half empties out into despair. The theme that runs through the entire album is shame.
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How does the new album compare with your previous work? Do you build on these achievements, or do you view ‘The Destroyer’ as starting from scratch?
It think it pushes the sound forward, the vocals are much more present, the content is much more personal. It’s sincere and tender at times. In some cases it was a completely different approach to writing and producing , pulling everything back and simplifying.
‘Gone’ made a big splash on album announcement, I understand it was co-written and co-produced by Maya Postepski. What do you gain from collaboration? And what makes Maya such a potent collaborator?
'Gone' was written by me alone and was produced song with lars Stalfors. But maya and I worked out 6 of the album’s 16 tracks. She’s a musical genius and a dear friend and we had so much fun creating songs together.
Jordan Hemingway directs the video, how was this process? Do you have a hand in all your videos? Is the visual element key to understanding a further level of ‘The Destroyer -1’?
The process was so easy as we both have the same taste and he’s just so fluid and confident in his approach to making visuals. It’s grimy and really showcases the despair in that song.
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You recently worked with ionnalee on her previous album, how did this come about? What was the studio process like?
'Harvest' was our collaboration on her last record and I was overjoyed to work with one of my musical idols. She’s just so insanely talented it’s so inspiring to have written and performed alongside her.
Given the intense creative process for ‘The Destroyer -1’ how do you go about replicating this live? Is it an immersive visual experience or does it shine more light on you as an artist?
This tour has been much more of a showcase on the songs being performed along with Lia Braswel and Esther Blue in the live band. It’s the best live show this project has had to date and there’s almost a child like quality to the result.
I hope people walk away refreshed. But definitely planning something more theatrical for the touring alongside Part 2 of the album.
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Catch TR/ST at the following shows:
20 London Heaven
21 Brussels Botanique
24 Paris Le Trianon de Paris
26 Amsterdam Paradiso Noord
Photo Credit: Meg Lavender
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