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The Hawaiian air is always incomplete without its energizing music and lively songs. Fuelling our minds and the atmosphere, it’s such a delight to see amazing musicians perform and set the stage ablaze with their incredible performances!

It is also undeniably true that the kind of music you listen to affects your state of mind tremendously. Exhilaration, joy, liberation, and connectedness, are all of those distinct emotions that flood your soul when the right kind of music hits your space. If the mere listener is hit with such vivid emotions, what would possibly be a musician’s take on their music?

Join Bryan in today’s episode as he interviews Trish Jetton from the band HIRIE who discusses life and all things music! She’s been on this journey for 7 years straight now and carries a wealth of experience performing and writing songs and shows. Listen in as Trish gives you a peek into the musical life of hers, describes what music means to her and how she made it to bigger heights in life!

Trish has always been a travel person and moved around a lot even during her school days. This eventually had her bullied for her British accent and she couldn’t learn music with the other kids. From hideously learning music in school to now vibrantly performing at events, Trish’s journey is a ray of hope to any aspiring artist.

When asked what success means to her, she replies that it is being able to “get up and travel anytime”. Passion reflects in each of those words. What do you think?


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You're listening to the latest signal from the band hiree. And on today's episode of Hawaii's Best, we are talking with high res frontwoman Trish. We're talking all about the songwriting process, what 2020 was like for her in the band, but more importantly, looking forward to this new year, and all about the amazing vibes that her and her band produce. And I can't wait to hear more about her and her story, and more about her music. Let's go.

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Welcome to Hawaii's Best travel podcast where we help you prepare for your next trip to Hawaii. Discover the experiences businesses and stories that make Hawaii the Aloha state. And now your host, Brian Murphy

Bryan Murphy 1:14

loa and welcome to Episode 46 of Hawaii's Best where we help you prepare for your next trip to Hawaii. I'm your host, Brian Murphy, the owner of Hawaii's Best. And on this podcast and on our blog, we offer resources and local cultural insights to get the most out of your stay on the islands. As far as travel to Hawaii, not much has changed drastically to get the latest go to Hawaii COVID nineteen.com. And you can the latest news probably comes out of Hawaii, they are doing these things what are called resort bubbles. And without me getting into all the details of it. Go ahead and go to Hawaii COVID-19 dot com, because that's a whole episode in itself. And maybe we will unpack some of that. I think once things start to stabilize a little bit, we'll do a few episodes where we unpack what travel looks like probably later into the spring of 2021. And what to expect going into the summer travel and spring break travel. But before we get ahead of ourselves, I know that if we learn anything from 20 now it can be a week to week, month to month thing. So I don't want to give you a whole lot of info right now because it does change pretty quickly. So again, go to Hawaii COVID-19 dot com for all the latest info on that. Today's episode is brought to you by our new sponsor, Shaka Shaka guide is like a tour guide right on your phone. It's a GPS turn by turn, location, you probably have heard me talk about it before. But really right now, your traditional tour guides and buses are on pause. So if you're traveling to Hawaii, even when the tours are open, this is like the only way to go. It's on your time. It's at your speed. And it's just such a cool experience because you get to hear not only about the destination that you're you're going towards, but also there's this huge database of audio. And it talks about the history of different places like we were on Maui. It was cool going to line and hearing a little bit about the history of line and the rich culture there. So if you're traveling to Hawaii, you're planning on traveling to Hawaii. Go to Hawaii's Best travel.com slash Shaka and download Shaka guide today. Well I am pumped for this episode and I couldn't think of a better way to start off the year. Then just with some good vibes. Really that is what the band hiree is all about. On this episode, we sit down with Trish who is the front woman of the band hiree Trish was born in the Philippines to her mom who was a civil engineer and a father who was serving in the United Nations. So she was kind of a global citizen and she discovered her love of reggae music. After her family moved to Canada he Hawaii and she mentioned living in different places you realize just how eclectic everything is and how beautiful different cultures are. Everything is so diverse you have to embrace it. And you have to appreciate it to really get by in life and to really fully enjoy it. And I think reggae holds those philosophies very closely and Trish connected with them at an early age hiree is a combination of the Jamaican word irey and the abbreviation for Hawaii. So I re is like a state of mind of being content and happy and above the influence. This is so much fun. I can't wait for you to hear if you haven't heard Any of Harry's music, I am just so honored to be able to introduce you to some of her incredible music. And throughout this conversation together we talk more about this songwriting process, and specifically about a few special songs to her and a few incredible live moments that we got to discuss and kind of relive, so I can't wait for you to hear that. So let's go ahead and let's talk story with Trish from the band hiring.

Hi, Trish, thank you so much for coming on Hawaii's Best today, how are you doing?

Trish from HIRIE 5:43

I'm doing so good. I'm actually back home on the islands, the weather's right and have no complaints as of right now.

Bryan Murphy 5:52

is crazy that we're already in 2021? What was 2020? Like for you, family, your band.

Trish from HIRIE 5:59

It started off are a you know, we had a few shows we were coming off tour, we had a festival that we played in Arizona, and then you know, you just start to hear the little trickle of Corona talk. And, you know, we were still on the road. So we weren't paying as much attention to the TV. We even flew to Guam. And at that point, we started noticing all the face masks and stuff. And we realized the severity of the Coronavirus was was gonna do you know, and as as musicians automatically, we just kind of started freaking out knowing you know, all these plans, all these tours, we had, you know, we had, we would have been on three different nationwide Tours by now, everything, everything got canceled, and we weren't too sure what we were going to do. So that that was kind of the beginning of the year, you know, and then halfway through, you know, most of my band members had to get other jobs, you know, and, you know, by March, I was freaking out, because, you know, we're all full time musicians, and I didn't go to college, I don't have any experience doing anything but music. So it was definitely an eye opener. And then I started researching about this platform called Patreon, where it's basically like a member base site that allows your fans to pay for whatever kind of exclusive content that they'd like. So you know, you can do something for $3 can be $5, all the way up to $420. At that level, you're, I'm basically writing you a song, it's been really cool. And that has carried me through 2020 as far as being able to pay my rent and, and, you know, take care of my family. So I feel very, very thankful for that. But you know, just like everybody else, normal see got swept from under us, and we didn't really know what the year was gonna look like. And we were all looking forward to 2021. Right. And now we're in 2021. I'm like, Tony, Tony,

Bryan Murphy 7:56

for sure. Maybe we can like we can zoom way out and then we can pick that up again, just 2021 and, and all that. But how did you even first get into music? Was that something that you you grew up in? maybe share a little bit of that story?

Trish from HIRIE 8:12

Yeah, I mean, music was always a huge part of our household. My, my mom and dad are both music lovers. You know, my mom is Filipino. So we had a lot of like Whitney Houston and Celine Dion. And then on my dad's side he loved like Latin music and the Gypsy kings and we grew up in Italy as well. So we listened to a lot of like Pavarotti and all these great opera singers. And I just fell in love with music in its basic form of just how it made me feel. Yeah, so when we moved to Hawaii, and I started listening to the radio stations, I automatically fell in love with reggae. And again, how that made me feel, you know, when you're in school, they teach you how to play ukulele. And so I picked up in UHC. And I started taking my poems and putting them into songs. And before I knew it, I was I was writing music. Music has always been in my blood and in my family. And then there was just a point after I had my daughter where she was a little under two years old, and I thought if I don't get up and pursue music, now, I may never get the chance to do it professionally. So I put a demo together and pitched it to a producer in San Diego. He played for a band called tribal seeds, which was also one of my biggest inspirations. He ended up convincing me to make a full length album. So it was a really big album. And within a month of releasing it, I remember California roots festival hit us up to play Cali roots, and then tribal seeds that offered us to go on tour and it was our first nationwide it was two months long. And at the time, like I said, I just put the album together. I didn't even have a band. So the only members I had were a sax player and a trombone player because they were the two that played on my elbows fast. And so I had to build from there. So it was a really cool experience putting a band together on the fly and then hitting the road, getting to know each other. And, you know, we were so broke we, we had, I think it was nine of us sleeping in one hotel room every night. And imagine trying to sneak in like, and some nights we were just so sloppy because we'd be you know, tired or whatever. But um, yeah, it was it was intense. So we just, we just knew that if we were to go on tour you you can't stop. That's, that's the trick to being, you know, in my eyes, a successful live entertainers. You hit the road, and you keep going and going and going and going. So we did that for I guess it's been seven years now.

Bryan Murphy 10:39

Wow. So that for you just that going going going pace. That's kind of how you're naturally wired or

Trish from HIRIE 10:45

right. Yeah, I don't stop moving. And so that's what's made 2020 the hardest? Yeah, so I did move. I moved house. You know, I moved out of my 600 square foot apartment into a 3000 square foot house with roommates. Yeah. And now I'm here in Hawaii, and I'm still having to pay my rent in California. But I can't, I can't not move. So it's really weird. And I did do so many months of staying put. Yeah, but now I'm just staying put here and I'm living with my parents. In Hawaii.

Bryan Murphy 11:15

Yeah, you're not missing much in California right now. Yeah, it's

Trish from HIRIE 11:18

a little girl. Right?

Bryan Murphy 11:20

Right, right. So what I love about your vibe, your band's vibe, just your whole thing that you guys put out there, your sound is you've kind of already hit on it is high energy. It's fun, it's positive. And that I would love to hear from your own words how you would kind of classify or how you would define your sound. And we'll link that out as well to people who are listening, but there's kind of this cool fusion. I think I saw it might have been last year or even 2019. Who knows when it was but you had a project with mariachi band as well, too. Yeah, yeah. So maybe I can to just kind of like, how would you define your sound? And what can people expect coming to a live show? Right? I

Trish from HIRIE 12:02

mean, fusion is a really good way to put it. And you know, we're a nine piece band. And we're from all over the place. So you have my guitar players like kind of a metal head and my drummer went to EMI and he's so good at drums, he could do anything, you know, jazz and whatever. And then you have my bass player who I call him my stage husband, because he's my dancing partner. He grew up with like really, really old school roots music, but then also he was raised on gospel chops. So you just have like, an eclectic and everyone's different my sax player plays Balkan music, like Gypsy music, and but he's half Mexican. So they love you know, half of my band is Mexican, so or at least part Mexican, and I'm Spanish. So we just naturally gravitate towards Latino influences. So that's where the mariachi band came in. I, I wrote a song called I messed up and I wanted to write it as like a as a tearful, weird being like, wow, like, look at me, I just keep messing up. So I thought, what better than to bring in some tiny violins, right. That's where the whole mariachi idea came in. And we got to play with them live once to which was so great or twice, you know, so the music is, it goes from very high energy to very like soulful and deep and meaningful, but you know, it's it's all over the place. But when you go to the live concert, you know, we have choreographed dance moves, like everything has been staged to a tee in our set. And that's, I love it that way. I love having the structure of a really strong set. And then within that we create moments that are that are fresh and new. But you know that the boys are really strategic about how they play and everything.

Bryan Murphy 13:46

That's fine. In these seven years of touring, has there been like, maybe that one performance or I don't know if he can categorize it that way, but like that one performance where you like, if we could go back to that moment every single day that was just like magic? Is there like a performance or two that kind of sticks out?

Trish from HIRIE 14:05

Oh, my gosh, there's so there's so many cool I mean, it from like the tiny little grungy, like we played Stubbs Austin, and that's where one of the most iconic albums I think was ever recorded. And it was by Mata sia who live at stub and we played the small room and the small room is one step away from the outside area where the pavilion where he played, and it was our first time headlining stubs and we sold it out. And it's two floors, and I can't remember how many people fit in there. But it was just madness to be in Austin, Texas like and to have that many high refunds. You don't even know that they exist. And you show up after eating like an insane amount of Texas, whatever barbecue Stubbs is known for their barbecue and we get on stage and there's just everyone's roaring in it. I just remembered How that made me feel like it wasn't a matter of like how big the the audience was, but just knowing it was sold out in a state that was so far away from you. And then on the flip side of that, you have a venue like red rocks, Colorado, which seats 10,000. And we played there three times. And the first two times, the magic was, it was there, but we weren't in our groove, you know, it was like, too soon for us to be playing in front of 10,000. But then on the last time we played there, we had just ran into so many issues with our bus, and we were knackered, like, so tired. And we were it was like the last show of tour. And we're just like, we're gonna give it everything we have. And we walked out there like gladiators. And that would have to be the most like spiritually heightened experience I've ever had. Because I think the crowd could really sense that we were giving it literally the last of everything we had. And it was it was such an emotionally charged show. And I just, I'll never forget that and how that felt. And it's hard to talk something like that,

Bryan Murphy 16:03

right? Like when you have the emotion and you have like, kind of the already, like you mentioned kind of the choreograph stuff already. But if you have the emotion, the choreograph and the raw and the vibe, like that's just like, a recipe right there. I love that. There's nothing better than live music honestly, like that first. Yeah, that first kick drum to the, to the chest, like, there's nothing better than just that. That's what I miss the most right now. It's like, not just the music, but just the whole vibe and the gathering and people kind of collectively coming together. And just having a great time.

Trish from HIRIE 16:37

Yeah, knowing that you're all there for the same reason, you know, for the same band and seeing how different everybody is, you know, I miss the feeling of everybody getting along. Like, it's one thing, you know, 2020s there's just been such a riff between so many beliefs and everything, but then, you know, I don't actually a reggae concert. You know, you just see every color, every religion, every everything, and of every age, you know, you have older generations loving on, you know, and bringing their young generations and I mean, sometimes I feel so old, because I'll meet a fan. That's like, I've been listening to you since I was 13. And it's like, or or nine, you know, and you have to think, Okay, well plus seven, I guess, wow, you know, at that age, that's a very tender age. So for me to be an inspiration for, you know, I was that age, I wish I had me because a lot of my music is so like, you can make it you can make it you know, and I remember feeling so many times that I couldn't. But yeah, live concerts. I really missed that. That feeling of just everybody being there for one purpose and to really enjoy themselves.

Bryan Murphy 17:46

I love to talk a little bit about the songwriting process, a song like almost Tom and maybe this is more of a we're talking off the air a little bit this is more of a personal question. For me, this is the song that really drew me into your story, your band, and even my girls we have we have three girls and they love the song almost home. I would just love to personally and just to hear a little bit about the story behind that.

Trish from HIRIE 18:34

I think for a lot of us it's really hard to feel like you belong somewhere and uh, you know, for me is in my childhood, you know, we were constantly moving and traveling and even when I found my as I call it my spiritual home here on Oahu, I was always left out and I was different I had a British accent when I moved here and I was always bullied and music was always my thing but like even for example, I was too scared to sign up for the music class, my high school so instead I would just hide in the isolation booth kind of like what you're in right now. And you know, I would I would play the keyboard or learn the guitar by myself in that room and I never took the music class but I still to this day will be grateful to the music teacher because she was well aware and she let me hide you know, and almost home I wrote it as kind of a song that expresses how I felt never being quite at home. And that music was going to take me there wherever that is. So you know I talked about how like, some people will never listen to my songs and some people will tell me that I dance weird and some people you know, but that's okay because I'm not alone. And I do have a support base that loves me and supports me and sometimes you get so caught up in the hate or the prejudice of what you're doing well, you're not Jamaican Why are you singing reggae or you're not this you're not actually Hawaiian? You're not I'm not actually Anything, you know, I'm just born, I was born and I was born with my circumstances and Up yours. So I wanted to write a song about that. And Home is where the heart is. And, you know, being almost home just means like, you know, no matter where you are, you're just a little bit closer to where, where you know you need to be. And so that's just kind of what that song meant.

Bryan Murphy 20:21

That's beautiful. I think that's like an everyday thing. It's just that reminder. Yeah, we're all created unique. We're all kind of global citizens, if you will. And yeah, so I love that. And then going up to speed with bonfire, your new single talk a little bit about that story and that songwriting process.

Trish from HIRIE 20:41

That's ironic, too, because you mentioned almost home, which is like such an an old song, but it's definitely been a while and I wrote bonfire, but it's kind of the same theme. I had been working with a songwriter, and I had to travel really far to work with this person. And I poured my heart, I poured my own money and do it like, and this person just kept telling me, you know, don't worry, like, we'll take care of it. Like, don't worry about the money, blah, blah, blah. But then, of course, I should have worried a little more, I did get it in writing that, you know, they were willing to take a what they call the loss, you know, on me, I worked on faith, which I've learned multiple times, don't do it. Don't work off the faith, get it in writing, you know, but I just had a feeling. And sure enough, I co wrote three of some of the best songs, I feel like I could have done and this person was an incredible songwriter. So most of the work was already done, but I felt like that person knew my insides. So well, you know, and I was, I was so excited to put it out. And then of course, I get the email from the manager saying, Well, you know, we can't take less than this per song. And I'm talking like, you know, a Honda per song. It was so heart wrenching anyway, in the scene, it doesn't matter. So I wrote bonfires, like a way of being like, I didn't need that. I didn't need you anyway, like, you know, the first words, waiting for the anthem, welcome. I say, wait. Listen, I was

like, Ah, you know, here it is. The power of manifestation, right? Like, it's like, I have a song called, you won't be alone. And the hook is when you hear me on the radio, and it was my longest playing radio song. So I just was like bonfire, I need to write a song that's so tired that it doesn't matter who's on my team, people will just enjoy it. And that's enough, you know? And I don't need anyone to tell me what is what is successful? What is it? What is my best song and what isn't? Like, I just I wanted to just put something out that felt good.

Bryan Murphy 22:56

Oh, that layer, maybe even deeper? How would you define success for you, then

Trish from HIRIE 23:02

I have, that's a hard one. Because the older you get, the more your ideas change, and you have kids, I think my idea of success would be to be able to get up and travel anytime. And like, obviously, in a more financial standpoint, it would be really nice to be able to, like pay off my parents house, you know, not not even so much about having my own this and that. But like, if I could give back to them, who've always given me like I wouldn't financially have been able to start anything highly related without them. And then success for me is also just creating a bond with a number of fans. It doesn't have to be a big one. I feel so successful in just the amount of fans we have right now that I can rely on. You know, I mean, like I said that they've funded me through 2020 not having played a single show. Yeah, but that's how much faith they have in it. It's not like it took an insane number. I have 180 Patreon right now. But that number has pulled me through and the other fads that come to our shows and stuff, like being able to fill a room with people. To me that is success. And to be able to change lives and to have people tell you, you know that they took the pistol out of their mouth, which I do have a fan who tells me that and those are the success stories that make you successful. And being able to give back for me is is the ultimate

Bryan Murphy 24:29

success. It really kind of brings the purpose into what you do in your, your creativity, which is I think any of us could ask for. That's amazing. Yeah. Has there been a song? Now? I haven't spoken too much about this on the podcast, but I grew up I'm still a musician and and I was in a band. We got sign in the whole thing, right? And when you're in the studio, you're like, that feels good. That feels right. But has there been a song for you and your whole catalog, relax. The studio vibe was good. But then that song just hit live in a way that you didn't even anticipate it would.

Trish from HIRIE 25:09

There's Yeah, I mean, you got to see a live show because there's for sure we remix everything in our set. So we will go into like a dubstep coming out of like, any of our stuff. If anything is always relevant, being a dubstep, yeah, like, we just go ham. But um, you know, I have a song called melody of a broken heart. And I wrote it about my daughter. And the whole song revolves around this creaky organ like this v3. And there's one point in the song where all the music drops out. And it's just the organ and I have it made that way with the producer.

And you can hear me, I guess, he kept, he kept me in there because I was sniffling and kind of crying. And then I was like bouncing around trying to gather the energy to sing the song because it's the only song I've ever performed in a studio where I couldn't sing it from top to bottom, without crying halfway through it. Because that's what that song meant to me and what I felt like I had done to my daughter at that time in my career where I was gone for most of the year, you know, but when you play it live, it's almost like people could really feel you know, even the record still makes me cry. But when we played it live, there was just a moment where like, I could literally just sit down on the ground, and I would and just close my eyes and let the bubble do its thing because a bubble does it think for a minute. It's like a really long section. And in between it, you can hear beiges say, and I love you mommy. And live we kept it. So it's in the backtracks and it's quiet. But if you listen, you can hear her say and I love you mommy. And it just all these things that made it so eerie. And and I and then and then a huge sax solo comes in after that. And the sax solo, Chris had done it in one breath. Like it was just, he just nailed it. And I remember I had cried so much that I was like, Okay, well, let me go into the vocal booth when Chris does a sax solo, because then I'll be more distracted. And it'll be loud. But I'm in there. And he blows just the most beautiful solo, which is what's on the album.

And I'm literally just standing next to him like, Oh, I shouldn't be in here. I was scared. I was gonna, like, just ruin it somehow. He didn't even have a daughter. You know, he has two daughters. So when he plays like he cries, yeah. So it's one of those songs where when any of us play it, we just, we can't handle it like, yeah,

Bryan Murphy 27:52

yeah. I love that. Talking about how people have supported you, during 2020 through Patreon, specifically, if someone's interested in checking out that maybe unpack a little bit because I know, Patreon has been a thing for a little while. But for someone who doesn't know exactly what all that is, and what all that means, how can they best support you and what what happens? What happens there.

Trish from HIRIE 28:16

So I've, I've been using this analogy, which seems to work great for my demographic, but I just say, you know, Patreon is basically like an only fans. Except instead of me sending you like photographs, I'm sending you songs, like that's the best way I could put it. Like, you pay for how much exclusive content you want, like, literally at the highest tier at $420 a month. I give them my phone number, they have my phone number, they can reach out to me anytime, which I always find I'm reaching out to them. Do you want me I mean, I'm here. I send them demos right off of my phone. Like as soon as I get them, Oh, this is so cool that we send it and I send it to them. And then I write them a song. That's a part of it, you know. And like, for example, I just put out a new single called I'm with you again, on Christmas Day, I put it out. And I wrote it for one of my Patreon. And it was such a nice way to say thank you and I put it out for free like so anyone can download it, whatever. But then like even in the very cheapest tier, I cover one acoustic cover a month and they get to vote on what the cover is like, Oh, do you want it to be 80s 90s 2000? Do you want it to be r&b roots reggae or a hiring song at the $3 mark. And then at the $5 mark. It's like q&a, like I do a zoom q&a with them and we all just talk and then at $10 they can stream with me as I write a song. So I just take an hour of my day, once a month and I go live they know when it's happening. And they can tune in and watch me write a song. Like in the raw like sometimes I have writer's block sometimes it's just flowing right out and but they get to Be a part of that. And then you know, there's a $25 one where it's like, I do shout out. So if you have a birthday that you want to send somebody a shout out, I'll make them a telegram. $50 is I love you mail. So I'll hand like either hand paint, or hand draw or, or make typed out lyrics and then sign it like, but once a month, you get something in the mail from me, and you have no idea what it is. That's like my favorite one. From there. It just, it just goes, you know, and it's fun. And it's unique.

Bryan Murphy 30:29

I love it that I mean, that's as an entrepreneur. I mean, you gotta be creative. And you got to think and i think in the long story of it all, like people are gonna feel even so much more connected to you, and your story and your music. And that's pretty Yeah.

Trish from HIRIE 30:45

Oh, I forgot my also my favorite one is I do one called Ladies Night. And it's only 10 women are in the group. And so far, I've held on to most of them. And once a month, we talk about life and everything we even like we'll do a drinking game. Or if anybody brings up COVID, then you have to drink. Because like we're so tired of hearing about it. But we've become so supportive of one another, I know them all by first and last name. And we talk about like, yeah, now I really want to meet you like now the next time we have a festival, like we're all going to meet up and it's created a very, very special bond. But yeah, that that's what makes Patreon so great is if you want the opportunity to get to know somebody that you you truly like in the music industry or as an artist, then that's the platform

Bryan Murphy 31:32

and how can people find yours?

Trish from HIRIE 31:34

It's just patreon.com slash Trish from hiree. And it's on my website, I believe there's a link on my

Bryan Murphy 31:41

website hiring music.com as well. Yeah. Cool.

Unknown Speaker 31:45

Thank you.

Bryan Murphy 31:46

What was something as we all kind of adjusted and all that and got creative? What was something that you learned about yourself this past year, that maybe surprised you or, or an area that you grew in?

Trish from HIRIE 31:59

accountability? Okay, sure. Because, you know, with Patreon, again, it's like, you have a series of, and I would never call it tasks, but I can't think of a better word right now. Like, I have a to do list of things that I have to accomplish, because, you know, they've already paid at the beginning of the month. And as a musician, it's so hard sometimes to be creative when you're being not forced to, but when there's pressure to be creative, and so like to know that I have to do it. Sometimes it's like, it's very hard. But when you switch your mindset, like your mentality from, well, I'm not forced to write a song, I've been given this beautiful opportunity to possibly create a song for an hour, you know, or and that whole mindset shift, because as a musician, we're just such, at least I am such a rebel that as soon as someone tells me Hey, Trisha, do you need to do this? I'm

Unknown Speaker 32:50

like, ooh, now it's, yeah, you know. So like,

Trish from HIRIE 32:55

I've had to be my own boss and be responsible for my, my accountability. And I started in April. So it's like, holy, wow, like, I've been that accountable for that long, like, going through all my ups and downs, like I'm openly bipolar, like, I deal with depression and anxiety and laziness and ADHD. And I just like to know that I get through it, even though sometimes it's like, to the very last hour of the night, it's like, it's very rewarding, you know, and if anything, that's one thing that I'm so grateful for in 2020 is learning how to be a little more discipline.

Bryan Murphy 33:30

That's great perspective. All right. So shifting gears a little bit, and someone listening to our conversation right now is dreaming of Hawaii and wants to get back on Island so bad. From your perspective, if someone is traveling to the islands, maybe let's pick a wahoo. And someone's going to Oahu for the very first time, what would be something that you'd want them to know? to do to not to do? Right?

Trish from HIRIE 33:59

I mean, Lalo specifically, if you're not somebody that wants to be surrounded by tourists, like it's, you're automatically going to be surrounded by tourists. It's the busiest Island so you get on the island and what I would like people to know is that there's so many pockets of beauty on this island that aren't in Waikiki you know obviously go support the industry and and do all the things but if you want a slice of free paradise venture out and away from Waikiki and go to the mom and pops, you know, go to hell Anna's for Hawaiian food if you want the real deal. Go drive up north shore to especially when it's not season and and go eat garlic shrimp and find the fruit stand with the old Filipino ladies there that are that are selling fried limpia like really take it from the locals and find the little pockets of magic. You know, go chase some waterfalls, not the super busy touristy ones, you know the ones that say, Do not enter private property like that's where you want to go. Maybe I shouldn't say that. Fine. You know, just spread out and venture out and see the island for what it is and then formulate your, you know, your plan for for the rest of your trip, for

Bryan Murphy 35:13

sure. Well, as we're looking into 2021, obviously, just releasing this new single, what are some other things maybe that you're looking forward to or excited about?

Trish from HIRIE 35:24

Well, I am super excited to put out more music, I hustled really hard at the beginning of the quarantine, and wrote a bunch of really awesome songs and co wrote some songs with other artists as well. And so we have like, way more music than we know what to do with right now, which has never happened, because we've always been on the road. So I'm just like, in a position now I'm so excited to like, finish and wrap up the songs and decide like, Is it going to be single after single are we putting an album together, like what's happening here, and just give and hopefully, you know, find a way to get on like, my, one of my biggest goals for this year is just to, like, hit some numbers on Spotify, like I find it really challenging to be found or noticed, you know, it's like, I have a core fan base that I am immensely in debt to. But it would be nice if the music could get out a little bit more and that we could see our Spotify numbers go up because like for the boys, especially in my band, like they're all about algorithm and numbers. And I think they'd be really proud if they saw that their songs were, you know, like, multiplying in listens, and that there were people in different countries or something that were like, and our numbers are doing good. But you know, you always want just a little bit more like it'd be really cool to see, to get that 1 million listeners, you know, like, Whoa,

Bryan Murphy 36:47

okay, so then what does that what is that grind, like now trying to get listens on Spotify? Is that just like impossible guerilla marketing, you got to put all in in are there?

Unknown Speaker 36:56

I think I need to, I

Trish from HIRIE 36:58

think I need to like just, I don't really know. And that that's been the biggest struggle of our entire hiring career is like, how do we get our Spotify numbers up, but it doesn't equate to ticket sales, it doesn't equate to success. But it's just one of those badges, you know, like a Girl Scout with all her badges, like it would just be nice to be like, I got a million followers on Spotify. But at the same time, I don't know, it doesn't really matter. But of course, you know, like, you're always gonna have one thing that you're like you some girls want red bottom shoes, Spotify numbers.

Bryan Murphy 37:33

But yeah, I mean, it is a metric. And it's a tangible metric that, you know, kind of like, okay, even though it's a vanity metric, like how are we How are we doing? And I was listening. And so, yeah, sure, yeah.

Trish from HIRIE 37:45

ganic. And that's, I'm grateful for that, you know, we have never had to pay for lessons or anything. So I'm sure it'll just do its thing. And in the meantime, you know, we just keep putting music out. And my dad has always said you only get out of life what you put into it. So we're just gonna keep keep shoveling music out.

Bryan Murphy 38:02

Trish, thank you so much, again, for coming on today. And again, people can find you on hiring music.com and search on Patreon. Yeah,

Trish from HIRIE 38:10

absolutely. And find me on Spotify.

Bryan Murphy 38:16

And we'll link all that in the show notes. No, it's good. Thank you so much for your time. Appreciate it. Brian, thank

Trish from HIRIE 38:23

you so much. I really appreciate you taking the time to have me on and I love your Instagram page so much. And if I wasn't home, I would be missing it so much. Thanks to your

Bryan Murphy 38:33

appreciate. Thank you Take care. Yeah, you too. Thank you.

Well, I just want to say again, thank you Trish for your time for coming on Hawaii's Best and starting off this year, right? On this podcast. My biggest key takeaway from my conversation with Trish was to just keep going keep doing what you know you ought to be doing and keep being you. I think being unapologetically you if we can just grasp that and find just even a sliver of that. The contentment and the freedom that we'll find and just being authentically you will be amazing. And what better time to kind of refocus than at the beginning of the year. Going into this new year. Fresh. Yeah, I realized there's still a lot of stuff happening out there. But the main thing that we do have influence over is our mindset, and how we choose to respond to certain external factors. So keep on keeping you and to check out more about hiree and their music, go to hiring music.com and you'll be able to find everything that you need and to get the show notes for today's episode. with even more links and more info go to Hawaii's Best travel comm slash Episode 46. And if you've been listening to Hawaii's Best podcast for a little while, please I just want to ask you to go ahead and hit subscribe and leave a rating wherever you're listening to this. I just truly appreciate you your time. And for making it all the way to the end of this episode, I value that I value you. And until next time, be well. Aloha.

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Bryan Murphy, owner of Hawaii’s Best Travel, is a certified Hawaii destination expert from the Hawaii Visitors Bureau. He actively participates in the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau as a member and has a strong educational background focused on local culture and sustainability. As the host of “Hawaii’s Best Travel,” a top-30 US travel podcast, Bryan combines his years of experience with valuable insights. He connects with a broad online community, reaching nearly half a million people, and offers a richer, more responsible way to experience Hawaii.