Introducing: Trick Burn – The Weeds + 3 Qs

Trick Burn is the alias of singer-songwriter/producer Joshua Juan Serrano. Amassing fans via SoundCloud and around his college town of Denton, Texas, Trick Burn released a string of hurried singles which were sometimes deleted quickly, others recorded and re-released in various forms. He is now in Dallas working on his next album.

Let me share with you a little insight into a new artist I stumbled upon recently. The album referenced above is already out and I discovered it through the single “Nothing Matters Anymore,” which instantly captivated me. I delved deeper and found the album, which has just been released, and I have been hooked ever since.

Discovering new bands like this one brings me immense joy. The album is a combination of slacker slowcore with subtle touches of folk and alt-country in the background, all wrapped in a warm lo-fi atmosphere that permeates every note. Whenever I listen to this music, I am transported to another world, and my emotions are stirred up in the most beautiful way possible.

Today happens to be Sunday, a day when I like to take it easy and do things that I don’t typically get to do on other days of the week. I might write a blog post, attend church, or take a stroll. This music suits my relaxed mood perfectly and I find myself closing my eyes and letting it wash over me, immersing myself in its beauty.

To say that this album is beautiful would be an understatement. I know that I will need to listen to it, again and again, to fully appreciate all of its intricacies and nuances. For now, though, I am content to just let the music fill me up, and I am grateful for the opportunity to discover such a wondrous album.

I reached out to artist and asked our 3 Qs:

What inspired you to start making music and what keeps you making music?

I started writing music as a way to work out feelings I hadn’t really fully understood when I was younger. I’ve found that it is still a way for me to get insight into the operations of my subconscious and inner feelings.n I guess songwriting is a way for me to say things that are difficult to say. It’s a courageous endeavor. I applaud anybody that participates in the medium.

What was the most challenging thing in your music (artistic) path?

A challenge I have encountered is the aspect of music that isn’t necessarily related to music. That is working with other people like photographers and videographers and painters and press. The idealist in me has always wanted my music to speak for itself. It’s taken maturation to understand that press and aesthetics or what make an album or any work of art, they more full communication to consumers, viewers, listeners. Art is also difficult in that it has never come easy for people from disadvantageous upbringings. Easy to pursue when you don’t need to worry about keeping a roof over your head or supporting others. That is not to say that I am not fortunate what I have been given in my own ability to pursue art. It has just been a long road to balance life and art and work.

What would you dream to do if anything was possible?

If anything were possible. I would want to build a studio where I could work on material full time and record other bands. I love songwriting but production is something I feel like has unlimited potential. I want to record and record and record. My own songs and other peoples. I’d also love to help write songs for other artists and bands. I have so many songs that don’t work for my projects that I know other artists could really make shine.

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