How did you come by your stage name?
The word “trinket” has always been one of my favorite words in the English language, and I’ve used it a lot for past screen names and email addresses ever since I was a teen.
So when I started my solo artist project, I immediately knew what my artist name would be since this word has always been part of my online identity for years (I just changed the “i” in the word to “y” so I wouldn’t be mixed up with a bunch of jewelry sites when my name’s being searched online lol).
The exact definition of “trinket” is “a small ornament or item of jewelry that is of little value,” but I actually value very highly all of the trinkets and souvenirs I’ve collected over the years since every one of them holds a special memory for me. So my artist’s name also comes from my actual collection of trinkets that are priceless to me.
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
I’ve always loved music and singing ever since I can remember, but when I learned how to write my own songs on the piano – this was the game-changer for me. I started piano lessons when I was five and then after about a year or so of learning the keys, I started composing my own melodies and then eventually wrote lyrics to them and turned them into songs.
I loved this so much and was so obsessed with making songs that I started making up songs everywhere I went nonstop – in the car with my parents, at the dinner table, in the shower – to the point where it literally drove my family nuts and made them yell at me to stop lol. And then my brother introduced me to Mariah Carey, and that was it – I knew I’d be making music for the rest of my life after that.
On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?
Originally, “Downbeat,” which I use to represent music, was only meant to be a brief segue of just a few lines between my last single “Picture (In My Brain)” and the next track that would come after it on a future EP or album release. If you listen to the end of “Picture,” you’ll actually hear some lines from “Downbeat” in the outro.
My producer for this track, John Ho, suggested however that I turn “Downbeat” into a full song so I went back home and revisited my initial reasons for writing this piece, and I realized that this song has always been about celebrating the life-changing power of music. This gift of music life gives us is what can “keep me in place” and keep me going even if everything around me is crazy and makes no sense.
It’s the incredible source of healing and strength I found after a serious relationship I was in painfully ended and combined with some natural remedies of “sun and sand” and sea (necessary for us islanders), it completely renewed my life, my womanhood, my purpose – and this is what led to the verses in the lyrics. To every woman out there who’s risen and come out even stronger from the ashes, this song is also for YOU and I stand with you.
What are your plans for the near future?
Releasing more music and hopefully playing more shows! 🙂 I’m praying 2021 will be a much safer year for all of us and that more venues will be open and remain in business.
How can fans find you?
You guys can always come to hang with me on my socials or music pages! Here’s a link to all of that good stuff: https://linktr.ee/trynketmusic