What is your name?
TRNR (pronounced Turner)
What is your genre of music?
A blend of pop, hip-hop and rock
Give us a little bio about you.
I grew up in the suburbs of Saint Louis, MO. The blues and rock genre of STL heavily impacted my music journey as I began as a guitarist in middle school. I went on to study composition and guitar at ONU, a university south of Chicago. Through the school I was able to study at a program known as Contemporary Music Center here in Nashville. That is where I discovered my passion for performing as an artist and started my rap career. I’ve since shifted more into the pop/rock genre of influence. My personality and experiences have really shaped my music. As someone who has felt forgotten in the corner without much room to speak up, I know what it’s like to be ignored. I write my music from this headspace of not letting others or yourself keep you from speaking your mind. This is only my 2nd year as an artist and I can’t wait for the journey ahead!
What made you go into music?
I’ve always been a creative since a young age, but in middle school I took up music. I tried out different instruments from Guitar to Trombone. It wasn’t until Freshman year in Highschool when I got one of the lead parts in the school musical that I realized that this was now a passion. Singing, performing, creating. The entire music process just made me feel alive.
Who are your influences?
Jon Bellion, Bastille, Andy Grammer, Imagine Dragons
Are you signed?
You are set to release your new single ‘IDC’ , tell us more about the single.
‘IDC’ is the first track released from my upcoming EP ‘No Mercy’. “I don’t care what you think” is the main hook of the song focused on standing up to the bullies in your life. I’ve had people come up to me and tell me to stop pursuing my dream. This is a song written to them letting them know IDC.
What is the meaning behind the single?
Never let negative voices in your life keep you from living your life and pursuing your goals.
What was the writing and recording process like?
This song has been a long time coming. It was written with a couple friend of mine (Gaby Cano-Lagos) while I was at CMC. I worked with many people on this song and it was an amazing process getting to breathe life into this song. It was my first song that I really incorporated the guitar as one of the main instruments.
Describe the track in two words.
Who did you work with on the single?
My producer Chris Binsfeld, as well as help from Josiah Pittman (Bass), Adam Patterson (Guitar), and Savannah Joy (Background Vocals).
Will we see a Music video for ‘IDC’, what can we expect from the creative process?
So, I don’t want to give away too much, but we will see a mini-film for this song coming out later this year.
We also will see an EP, give us a teaser of what to expect.
The EP ’NO MERCY’, set to release in late May, is a culmination of songs that deal with confronting your external voices. Whether that is the expectations parents set on you, the norms that society wants you to conform to, or the haters in your life that don’t want to see you succeed.
Describe each track in two words,
NO MERCY– Non-complacent Rap
IDC- Overcoming Anthem
MAN CARD– Breaking Norms
VOICES– Overwhelmed Cry
OCEAN– Internal Acceptance
Do you have any live shows or a tour coming up and if so let us know where we can catch you at?
At this time there is not a scheduled tour, but expect to see some live shows pop up
What else can we expect in 2022?
‘NO MERCY’ is the first of 2 EP’s that will be released this year that go hand in hand. ’no malice’ is set to release sometime in fall.
Will we see any collaborations and if so, can you tell us more about them?
There are some collaborations currently in the works with some other local artists but as of now it’s on the down low.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
I see myself still releasing my honest music for those that feel silenced, whether by others or their own mind. Just making music for the people that need it most.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
“No Mercy, No Malice”
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Rings, Guitar, Tea, the ‘Fit, and the Audience