First Listen: Trivecta channels peak-time EDM with new EP ‘Everyday’ [Q+A]
No matter what anyone says about the grandly sensationalized, uplifting sounds of dance music that many have branded “EDM,” (as opposed to just using the acronym as simply an umbrella term), the sound is inextricably part of this current generation’s upbringing; a part of their history, forged in sweat, and most definitely, tears.
While the days of the initial EDM mainstream boom have passed, the effect these sounds capture is purely indelible. They will be a part of the dance music stockpile forever, and plenty of artists continue to purport that sound in an inexorable fashion. Trivecta is one of those artists, and he just made a statement of permanence in EDM with his new EP Everyday. This will be his debut EP on Seven Lions‘ imprint, Ophelia, following several singles since 2018.
Here we have four cuts that may be anachronistic in nature, but their connection to a younger, more hopeful past is what many people long for in their music while living through the current contemporary. Stream the Everyday EP in full below and read on to delve into Trivecta’s intentions behind this inaugural Ophelia release.
Across your career, your music has been a well-rounded mix of uplifting and heavy. How do you achieve that balance across all these different stylings? Is that balance representative of something bigger?
“For me, it’s all about contrast. Most of my favorite art has a good blend of elements that offset one another. If I’m watching a movie with big battle scenes, I usually want it to zoom in on some slow character moments. If I’m eating a nice steak, I’m gonna want a soft interior with a hard crust on the outside. To me, music is no different. That’s why I like to blend heavy, energetic sounds with softer, more uplifting, and delicate moments. When it comes to translating across different genres, as long as you have a sort of compass like that, it’s not too difficult because you’re automatically going to censor ideas that don’t work.”
With the world’s current state, people need inspiring sounds to remind them of happier times. How does it feel knowing that you are helping to provide those experiences to your listeners?
“It’s definitely a bit surreal and abstract. Music has been really helpful for me during this time, so it’s really cool to be able to do the same for my listeners. It’s abstract though because I’m not physically seeing any of these people right now. It makes me really look forward to being able to share these musical moments in a live setting.”
“As far as a role for music these days, I think there are many, but I’d like my music to maybe provide an escape or a little world to explore when everything in real life gets complicated.”
You have been releasing music under Seven Lions’ Ophelia imprint for a while now, but this will be your debut EP on the label. What’s it been like working with him throughout your time with Ophelia? What statement did you want to make with this EP?
“I think most melodic bass artists have been influenced in some way by Seven Lions. As a creative teammate, Jeff [Seven Lions] reminds me of LeBron James; he immediately raises the bar and forces you to level up without necessarily even trying to.”
“What’s interesting is that after working with Jeff over the course of a year or two, I’ve found his ability to execute his own unique ideas and skillsets more inspiring than any technical skills or anything like that. So for this EP I really wanted to do that myself; I wanted to do something uniquely my own that felt like a natural creative direction and a step forward. I didn’t actually set out to make an EP, actually. I just started making things that felt like a real creative fusion, and slowly the vision started coming together.”
Playing guitar is a significant part of your musical upbringing, and you still play today as a part of the Trivecta project both live and in the studio. How would you describe your relationship with the guitar? What’s it like for you to show the world that guitar shredding has a place in EDM?
“The guitar is one of the most important aspects of my personality! I’ve been playing in bands and teaching for more than half of my life. It’s a part of me at this point. It was scary and awkward at first to work into the EDM thing. But I’ve been slowly melding it into the Trivecta project and it’s been a ton of fun. It’s always going to feel good to play to your biggest strengths.”
Now that touring is on hold in the foreseeable future, how do you plan to spend the next few months? Focusing on music? Exploring other hobbies and interests?
“Man, that’s tough. I’ve been so immersed in getting this EP ready that I haven’t been able to think much past these couple of weeks. I’ve already spent a ton of time learning how to stream and setting up a Discord for my fans. I’ve had a lot more time to focus on marketing this EP and just connecting with the fans in general. Also, this whole time has brought the whole Ophelia crew a lot closer together. So I think the next few months will pick up from all of that stuff and continue forward.”