Trent Pryor
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Trent Pryor

Munroe Falls, Ohio, United States

Munroe Falls, Ohio, United States
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I recently reconnected with an old high school friend of mine, Shane. We were reminiscing about the past, when he mentioned that he manages a young musician who graduated from our high school this year. The kid's name is Trent Pryor and he's a singer/songwriter/guitarist.



I listened to a couple of Trent's songs and I thought he was pretty good. Plus, we all know I'm a sucker for a cute boy.

Impressive, isn't he?

I managed to score an interview with the handsome and polite musician. I hope you enjoy!

Here it is:

1. How would you describe your music?

I would describe my music as acoustic rock with a country twist, and for me is deeply personal and relatable. Everything I write relates to something that has happened in my life. Some situations worse than others.

2. How did you get started in music?

Ever since I was a baby, my uncle used to sing and play his guitar for me. On my fifth birthday, he gave me my first guitar. How was that?...Never stopped.

3. Who has been your greatest influence as a musician?

My greatest influence was and always will be Johnathan Joseph Theodore Rzeznik of The Goo Goo Dolls.



4. When writing songs, what inspires you?

The things that inspire me as a songwriter would be all the experiences (good or bad) that I have taken the time to learn from and better myself not only as a musician, but a human being as a whole.

5. What do you hope to achieve with your music?

I believe that every person needs to feel the way they feel, without fear of being judged or looked down upon. In my writing I want to express to all listeners that it is okay to feel the way you feel in any situation. Whether it be a loss in a family or friend, or a heart wrenching break up. I just want to let people know that they are not the only ones who have felt hurt or alone. We're human, we have emotions. It's okay to express them.



6. How did your family react when they found out you wanted to be a musician? Have they been supportive?

My family was not surprised when I told them all I wanted to be was a musician. All family members have been supportive, however my parents and uncle have invested more time and money into my career to be successful. They have provided me with the right equipment, the lessons, the attention, and support to keep me doing what I love to do most.


7. What has been the most important lesson you have learned while trying to make it as a performer?

You have to give the same performance and dedication in every show you do. But I also discovered that that is only half the battle. The business side is the hardest to overcome. You need people with connections who believe in you and want to make you into something great. You also need to play shows like crazy, to get your name out there. You can't be selfish when it comes to money. You need to work your way up.



8. What challenges have you faced as a musician?

Facing the reality of trying to record, or trying different methods of promotion have to wait. When you are a young artist, only making minimum wage at your day job, your budget is limited.

9. What makes you stand out from other artists?

I appreciate and respect all the support of my fans, and I take the time to sit and talk to get to know them, because I want them to feel like they know me as well. I don't feel that that's a connection I'll ever lose because they are what my career is based on.

10. When you're not busy performing or writing songs, what else do you like to do? Any hobbies or activities?

When I'm not performing, I usually spend time with my friends or my family. Trying to find ways that my parents might need help around the house. Just little things. When I'm not around my friends or family, I'm usually at my job as a lifeguard or lifting at the gym. A few video games here and there, listening to music. Just normal dude stuff. - jennifer 'Fabulous'


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Cutting My Losses (September 2011)

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"I believe musicians have a duty, a responsibility to reach out, to share your love or pain with others."
-James Taylor

The above quote encapsulates everything that I aspire to be as a musician. Only through music have I truly been able to come to terms with the things in my (albeit young) life that have been difficult and trying.

...I have been performing as long as I can remember, but actually started taking music lessons when I was five. My instrument of choice was the guitar, and from there I've never looked back. For about the last 6-7 years, I've been writing original music and incorporating various covers into my repertoire. In that time, I've played with different bands and groups of musicians, but ultimately I never found them to be as passionate about music as I was, so I've branched out on my own as a solo artist, and right now I'm living the dream.

To list all the individual hardships and tough times I've experience here would be unproductive, but suffice it to say I've been in the lowest of low places. However, I've been able to pull myself out of that place and shift focus to the opportunities that exist for me me in the here & now.

Currently, I'm booking gigs, traveling around the general northeast Ohio area, and continuing to write and record. I love to play, and any chance to share my passion and material with an audience is one worth taking, as far as I'm concerned.

I hope to see you on the journey.