Despite the pandemic Trent-Jean has managed to push through and release a steady string of incredible tracks since 2020, inviting a new sound into the Perth music scene with his formidable production and depth of detail. Along with embarking on a solo journey and being nominated as a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition this year, today he dropped his latest track ‘HIGH3R’, a track driven from love, desire and rising above the adversities in life.
The track had a long production life, with the drums being recorded in 2020 and then building to full production towards the end of 2021. The process of the project came with the heavy news of his Dad’s terminal brain cancer. Trent describes “It then shifted gears in my motivation, that being to incite the energy of having to rise above challenges faced in this lifetime.”
Trent goes on to describe that the process and purpose of the track was to create a work that would inspire people and encourage them to aim ‘HIGH3R’. The track shifted from love and desire to a song about rising above the challenges we face in this lifetime, such as death. Trent’s desire is to bring love and light into the turbulent times that the world is facing currently. He decided to embrace the essence of seeing the wonder in life from the perception of the inner-child, and project that feeling into the track and video.
Primarily all of ‘HIGH3R’ was recorded, mixed and mastered by Rob Grant (Poons Head Studios)using analogue gear including tape. the track pays homage to the classic records such as Prince, Earth Wind & Fire and Michael Jackson.
"To reach the maximum gooeyness and explosiveness of ‘HIGH3R’, Rob Grant stayed up mixing until 5am to make sure we reached the sonic destination in which we envisioned. As we went for the drive test (car speaker trial) around that time, I knew it was THE take, in the small sea of Masters which we bounced. The version which I chose, something strange happened during the bounce that unsolicitedly augmented the sound, which when we had all the technical engineering and sound settings exact for a re-bounce - it just didn’t have that magic, in which the ‘strange bounce’/ augmented take encompassed."
The youngest performer on the record was 2 year old, Tuxley Bell, who played the chimes in the intro of the track. Plus there is a significant ‘Live’ feeling to the 2nd verse, if you listen carefully you can here the chorus chanted. That’s because 8 months prior Trent-Jean recorded the audience singing along to the chorus at a live show at Bar 459 (Brothr Bear’s ‘Grace' Single Launch), promising they would all feature in the tracks recording.
Trent’s Dad lost all his ability to speak through the diagnosis and was told he would never speak again, but against all odds he began to slowly regain his speech and during the early stage of recovery, worked hard to execute the spoken intro line ‘DEATHIS4L’ILLUSION’ (title of the soon coming Debut EP, meaning: death is for the illusion) which was recorded in a makeshift booth at Sir Charles Gardner Hospital’s Cafeteria. The only other musician in Trent’s Family was his Mauritian Grandad from his Dad’s side, who played the Mandolin. Trent taught himself and used his Grandfather’s (or as they say Grand-Père’s) Mandolin specifically for the bridge of ‘HIGH3R’.
The ‘HIGH3R’ music video was a cathartic quest sparked after recently receiving the news of his Dad’s terminal brain cancer and the project overall shares an inspiring message with an even more inspiring production story.