1: How did you decide on the name, “TRT612"?
So the name Trt is an acronym for "The Red Turtle" As a kid my family referred to my laziness and slow pace to me being a turtle, and it kind of stuck. 6.12 is my birthday
2: What inspires you to create?
I find myself lost in what seems like hours and hours of thought about myself, the state of the world, and so on. Most of what I do as far as writing is kind of collecting the highlights of those thoughts I go through daily
3: What advice would you give to someone who wants to be in a creative profession?
One thing I've recently realized with music specifically is never get discouraged. Most the time you don't pursue a creative profession for a job or income, but for your hobby. Never lose that mindset, some days people will notice, and the next day you could feel invisible. You're here for you.
4: Do you feel open minded about what you listen to? Do you like going out of your comfort zone?
I do in fact! I grew up primarily in a 80s and thrash metal environment yet I myself gravitate to making more pop punk or electronic music, so I do often find myself dragging my roots or a newer style into the things I do daily. My favorite example would be a song I put out titled "Demon Over Halo" because it sticks out sound wise from the rest of my discography
5: What outlets do you find out about music from? (Record stores, magazines, samplers, etc.)
Spotify. Period. You have Spotify playlists, playlist curators, discover weekly. I can also maybe add TikTok to that, but it's hit or miss if I gravitate towards it.
6: What is your favorite format to listen to music on? (CD, Vinyl, etc.)
Streaming only because I'm a speaker guy, I like to hear bass, drums, etc. If it weren't for me owning a car I would of said live, because bands and artists on a stage just know how to pull you closer to the music then ever before.
7: How do you feel the internet has impacted the music business?
It's a double bladed sword for me, sure glaive or lil peep may not have made it without the internet, because they may of been harder to discover. That said, now everyone who is pursuing music has that outlet, which isn't bad, but it can become VERY competitive.
8: Who was the first band/artist that became your favorite band?
Green Day, 2009. Their album "Dookie" is the first CD I bought, besides Warped Tour they were my first concert, my 2nd tattoo. I'll always love them.
9: If you could open a show for any artist, who would it be?
Currently my goal is a lot smaller than a lot of other people, because I would say Spaceman Zack or Guardin.
10: What was the inspiration for your song “Ghoul”?
I'm a huge "Tokyo Ghoul" Fan. Season 1 is so emotional and dark, I felt I could relate to some of the feelings of hopelessness kaneki "the main character" feels throughout, and I share his compassion for human life.