Houston native, Triston Marez is here to bridge the gap between modern country and the genre's old-school classics. His debut album includes some whiskey soaked ballads, as well as some all out feel good songs. Staying authentic to himself is Triston‘s number one priority in the writing room. Selling shows out all across Texas proves that the authenticity in the writing room is bleeding over and helping Marez gain fans. Being bold and oozing charisma, Triston Marez will make you feel at home under the neon lights of your favorite country dive bar.
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First things first, talk to me about the cowboy hat. It suits you! When did you decide that that cowboy hat was going to be a part of your look ,and what is your go-to hat?
My go to hat would be anything American Hat Co. I started wearing a hat because I used to work as a farmhand, when I first moved to Nashville. Plus, my first job I had in high school was cleaning horse stalls. Texas is hot, too hot. I thought I'd just would include it in the music. My American Hat Co style 5050 is my go to on stage.
What is the craziest thing you have bought online during the pandemic?
I was hanging out with my mom one night. She is really into wine. I am newer to wine. So we had a glass of wine. Then I had three or four more, because I’m trying these things. On the way back, I got an Instagram ad, for these pots, with cactus inside. I’m like, the cactus is cool. The pots are all right. I ordered them without even reading the description. I thought it came with the cactus. I got these in the mail. It's just the base. Now I got to go find cactuses to put in there.
I was pretty disappointed when I got the box. I was already kind of questioning it when I woke up the next morning. The box was maybe like two feet big. I'm like, there's no way in hell there's a cactus in here. So drunk, online shopping is a no-go for me. I'm not going to do it again.
Do you have any pre show rituals with you and your band?
Oh yes! We do a prayer and then after the prayer we followed up with a tequila shot. We got to start it off with tequila. It's always starts with one. Then maybe another whiskey shot and then maybe one more tequila. It just depends on how we feel.
Why do you feel like now is the best time for you as an artist and for yourself personally to release a full length album?
Honestly, it was just time. We released one EP, which did pretty well for our first time. Then we released two singles in the meantime. Then we released another EP that same year in October 2019. We figured 2020 was going to be the year. The year we’re going to do the album. We started writing for the album right after the second EP was released. Then COVID hit. I didn't want to release my first album during COVID. Everyone's is struggling to deal with everything. Plus, it was just a weird time.
“Forgot About You” and “One Day” were supposed to be on the record. However, we had both already recorded. We figured why not throw the two singles out there without COVID being in the conversation.
As far as an album goes, we just thought it was time. It was really time to put myself out there and allow people to hear who I am as an artist. However, I’m really glad we did release those two EPs because I've grown so much in the writer's room. I’ve found myself really as a writer and an artist. It was honestly just the best time for me.
What were some of your favorite songs to write off the new album?
Let's see off the top of my head, I would say “Where the Neon Lies.” That one was a lot of fun because that one really just came to life really fast, real easy. Sometimes you have writes as a writer that you have to force it out sometimes. But that one, it really came to us. I mean, it was really quick to write. I wrote with Lynn Hutton and Chris DuBois, great talented writers. That one was a lot of fun to write.
I think another one that was probably in my top two favorites is “She’s Had Enough of Texas.”That was my favorite. We played at the Gruene Hall in Texas with Randall King, and we had somebody fly out from Nashville to come see us. This was her first time at Gruene Hall and first time drinking a Texas beer. Then after the show, about three o'clock in the morning, we went to Whataburger. While we were there she goes, “All right, boys, I'm going to the hotel. I've had enough, got a call tonight.” I said to Randall, “She's had enough of Texas” and it kind of stuck. II said to myself, that’s a song. We went to Nashville and that's what came out of it.
Ronnie Dunn makes an appearance on the new album. What was the level of intimidation having him be on that cut?
Gosh, that was the longest two weeks ever. Honestly I, when I got the news, I didn't even think it was actually real. I didn't know what to think. When I got the news we had asked him to be on the song, I was pretty calm. Then when I got the email back with a yes from Ronnie, I didn't even know what to do.
I went over to my manager's house and we listened to it. I was blown away. What was intimidating about it was obviously it's Ronnie. But he had done it a key up, it fit him better. I'm not going to be like, “Hey, that doesn't work for me. We can't do this.” That was the biggest challenge for me was recording it in that key. We made it work and I'm super proud of it, but that was probably the challenging part.
Then also I've been caught a couple of times. I’d been listening to the song three or four months before it came out and just singing along to it to Ronnie’s part. I started to like catch on his voice a little bit and kind of say it like him. I'm like, I can't do that. It's pretty funny. I got caught one time.
What are you thus far most grateful for in your career?
Oh God, that's a good question. I'm grateful for my team for sure. It's taken me a long time. I've been doing this every day for six years. It’s been a long time. I've been presented opportunities and things didn't work out. I met Alex Torrez with Torrez Music Group two years ago in Nashville. Ever since then he's introduced me to the best team. They believe in me. They believe in the sound. They let me pick the direction and they guide me through it. That's what I'm most most thankful for.
What are some really amazing opportunities that you've been grateful, because of the success you've had in country music?
Oh gosh, the fact that live music is starting to come back. The opportunity to be able to get on stage again and sing the songs. That's another reason why we waited because I wanted to play the new music. Definitely the opportunities of live shows are probably one of the biggest and my favorite opportunities. I'm lucky to have a great booking agent and a great booking team. They've been given us really big opportunities this year and some that excited to get back on stage. Hopefully we can come see you in Chicago.
Talk to me a little bit more about you feel like you were meant to be a country artist. And when was the moment when it just kind of clicked for you that this was going to be your career path?
I grew up just around country music all the time. My mom, she's a singer, and a country was just always on. Whether it's in my dad's truck or or in the house. The CMT channel was always on. The biggest the music video that always played back when the music videos were on all day was a goodbye Earl by Dixie shakes. That was like the song that stuck with me for my whole life. But honestly country music was just always around. It was either that or heavy metal. My dad loves rock. So it was either that or classic country or, you know, the early two thousands. And it's just always stuck with me. And you know, just kind of growing up around my mom's singing and my family kind of being in it just kinda just kinda came along.
How do you define country music?
Real. I think off the top of my head, country music is real and honest. That's what country music was built on, storytelling.
What do you bring to the table as a country artist that is missing in country right now?
I don't want to get in trouble. Gosh. I don't know about anybody else, but this is just for me. When I go into the writer's room, I always try to be as real as I can be. I never try to write something that I think will sound good on Spotify or sound great here and there. I just try to write honest music. Most of the stuff I write about I've been through or it’s inspiration of something that happened. I try to be as real as I can with my music, and try to portray myself as much as I can.
What are you most excited for in 2021?
So probably this is exclusive news, but we're actually going to start writing new music. Our goal is to have it for September or October. Yeah. We're going to put some new music out. I know we just got out of the record, but we're going to put new music out. I feel like I am on a roll and I can’t wait to see what is next!