Photographer Joshua Shultz
Hailing from Santa Monica, CA, Trisha Lurie is many things. Artist, activist, musician… she follows no one, and forges her own path. She is outspoken, passionate, and unabashedly herself and there’s one thing above all Trisha loves to do- make great rock music.
Trisha has just finished recording her debut album, “Romancing Neptune”. Engineered and mixed by the legendary Bob Clearmountain (The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, The Pretenders, David Bowie), and produced by Peter Thorn (Chris Cornell, Courtney Love). “Romancing Neptune” is from start to finish a dynamic, electrifying rock powerhouse. Thanks to Clearmountain’s contributions, the sonics are undeniably incredible. The tracks on “Romancing Neptune” range from the haunting and introspective “Beast”, to the raging “Rampage”, to the full-bore scathing reprimand “Deadbeat”, to the anthemic ode to living life in overdrive, “Smell, Touch, Taste”. “Chinese Love Trap” seethes with lust, “Eulogy” soars, and “Rich Boy” just burns… “Romancing Neptune” is at once stylistically modern, but with a healthy dash of kick ass old school Rock And Roll energy!
Bellus Magazine had the chance to catch up with Trisha for a photo shoot and interview…
Bellus Magazine (BM): How long have you been doing music?
Trisha Lurie (TL): I grew up in a family that was art and music oriented. I think I’ve been singing and messing around with music since I can remember but I’ve only really taken music serious over the last six or seven years now. Right now I’ve been obsessed with playing guitar. I have some heavy personal aspirations as a musician. I spent a lot of time and energy on bands that didn’t work out over the years and that’s why decided to record Romancing Neptune as a solo project. I think music always has and always will be one of the most important part of my life. My soul belongs to my music and my art so I owe it to myself to go full steam into it.
BM: What was it like recording your last album “Romancing Neptune”?
TL: Recording Romancing Neptune was a really exciting adventure for me as well as a learning experience. This was my first full album and it took me a minute to figure out how to work with a producer and grow thick skin about my recording process. I really wanted to make sure that I made a really solid album right out of the gate and there was some pressure in that. Fortunately for me, I was lucky enough to be working with such an amazing producer, players, and the legendary engineer Bob Clearmountain. Peter Thorn produced and helped co-write the album with me and it really worked out well for this being a solo album. I think we all made something that we’re proud of. If was hard work but the best kind, I can’t wait to do it again.
BM: What was the inspiration for “Dark Side”?
TL: Dark Side is a song about situations we find ourself in that are very enticing and exciting, you know they are not good for you but you can’t help yourself. Basically, it’s a song about falling in love and being addicted to the wrong thing. Knowingly going to the dark side because you just can’t help yourself, even when everyone around you is warning you not to go. I know I’ve been there before and I suspecting of us have and if you haven’t yet, watch out.
BM: Do you have any shows coming up?
TL: At this time, I am putting together a live band so that I can start playing the album live as soon as possible. Playing live is one of my favorite parts of making music. So, I will be definitely playing live soon and posting my gig calendar on my website and Facebook music page.
BM: What can we expect next from you?
TL: Currently, I’m working on making a music video for every song on Romancing Neptune which has been really fun as well as writing new material for the next album. Ideally I would love to put together not just a touring band but an actual band that will be a part of the next chapter and the next album. Of course, I will continue painting and creating full time as well. I excited to be part of a couple art shows this summer in the LA area so I am looking forward to showing my art again.
BM: What advice can you give to the other aspiring artist out there?
Just follow your heart and make the art and music that you love. Basically, be bold and authentic. People want to listen to the music that comes from your heart not what you think is trending. That goes for all art. The audience can tell if you believe in yourself and that goes a lot further than being a perfect player or doing the “cool” thing.
Check out Trisha Lurie’s Music Video for “Dark Side” below
For more information check out her website here! www.trisha-lurie.com