Vixen Chat: Trina Talks New Music, Her Image and French Montana Dating Rumors
VIBE Vixen: How do you feel about your new music?
Trina: I think I’m more just happy, kind of excited. It’s just a different vibe in the studio. A lot of creation, a lot of great creativity, a lot of self-control, which is really like a comfort zone to be in. I think I’m just excited, I’m not really anxious, I’m more just happy that I’m at a place where I can do what I want how I want to do it. I love how it sounds and I’m just feeling great about that. It really has me in a great energy as far as the new project. It’s just a feeling of excitement.
What inspired “You?” It’s so different from the Trina your fans are used to.
I was vulnerable, I was in the studio and I guess that this time in the studio, I don’t really have a strategic type of record to do. Everybody’s so used to like the baddest chick record or the real explicit, vulgar records. It’s easy for me to do that I can do that all day long. I think just to be in a different place and just to have emotion and just to have a different type of energy in the studio. There’s a lot of vulnerability, there’s a lot of emotion, there’s a lot of feelings, there’s a lot of control. It’s just me being in a total different space as opposed to when I was signed to Slip and Slide records, everything was kind of controlled by the label. Now I’m just in the studio and there’s a lot of me just by myself. I can be vulnerable without anybody saying that “Oh, your fans are going to think you are too soft.” I’m not a robot, I’m human. Some days I cry, I’m mad, I scream, I yell, I break stuff, I do the same stuff that normal people do. I believe that was an emotional record. As a woman, you go through different things. I think I went through that phase with that record. It’s a true record. I was in a place in my life and I was in the studio at the moment and I turned on the music and this is what came out. I think every woman has a point in their life when they feel unappreciated or you feel like you’re giving 100 percent and your partner isn’t. You kind of feel a way and I think that that’s what I spoke through in that record.
How would you describe your new EP?
I think it’s a balance of different records. It’s not all mushy and loved out. Sometimes when I’m in the studio, I get into this vulnerable state and I just want to make those kind of records. I guess now I’m in the studio and it’s just fun. Some days I go into the studio and I’m just in a great mood and I want to do something up-tempo. And some days I just want to pour my heart out and talk about what’s really going on in my life, so other women can relate to it. I would definitely say that some of the records are geared towards women. They’re geared towards independent women, it’s geared towards self worth. There’s a lot of growth in the records. I’m just in a great place. Every day I balance out trying to keep myself in a happy place and have a good work environment. It’s definitely melodic, but there are also some songs that you can bump in the car with you girls.
What would you say is the most important value to keep with your music?
I think just doing what I feel. At the end of the day, I’m the one that has to stand up for it, I’m the one that has to speak for it, I’m the one that has to explain it, I’m the one that has to actually feel it. If I’m not feeling it, I’m not doing it. If I’m not feeling it, it’s not something that I want to give to my fans. I think the most important thing is the control I have with my music, my life, the phase I’m in and the independence I am in. The most important thing for me is to be in control of what I’m putting out at this moment.
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