The Trash Mermaids

  • The Trash Mermaids
  • 2019-04-01

The Trash Mermaids, led by singer-songwriter Scarlett Blu, use music to inspire sustainability and equality, and their name comes from Blu’s passion of protecting our oceans. They’re latest single is ‘Sweet Candy’, produced by Grammy Award winning producer Dave Audé. We spoke to Scarlett Blu to find out more.

My music reflects the highs and lows of my life, and I pour my heart and soul into my songs, turning them into my diary. They are a manifestation of my authentic self.

First up, tell us bit about yourselves - who are The Trash Mermaids, and what were you doing before making music together?
The Trash Mermaids was formed in 2017 in Los Angeles. I am the lead vocalist and write the lyrics and melodies for the band’s songs. The rest of the band currently consists of Blair Sinta (drums), Jan Ozveren (guitar), Adam Zimmon (guitar), Alexander M Burke (keyboards) and Frank Coglitore (bass).

Who did you take inspiration from?
Sonic Youth, Jim Morrison, Patti Smith, Nina Simone and Freddie Mercury. But the main source of inspiration for my songs is what I am going through in my life.

My music reflects the highs and lows of my life, and I pour my heart and soul into my songs, turning them into my diary. They are a manifestation of my authentic self.

Why the name ‘The Trash Mermaids’?
My spirit of adventure led me to sail and dive in the world’s oceans and I was really upset by the plastic pollution I saw everywhere. That’s why I called my band The Trash Mermaids.

How would you describe your musical style?
I have an eclectic musical style! My music is not channeled into a category as I want everybody to listen to it. Because of this, I have earned the reputation of being a “genre-hopper”.

If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would you love to work with?
I would love to collaborate with G-Eazy, Twenty One Pilots and ASAP Rocky

You’ve had two top 20 Billboard charting songs in ‘Cryptic Love’ and ‘Xperiel’. What impact has that success had on you fanbase?
It’s great that these songs were so well received! I love getting messages from fans telling me how much they love my songs, and how it has impacted their lives. That’s in large part why I make music, to make a difference and touch people’s lives.

Tell us about your new single ‘Sweet Candy’. What’s it about?
‘Sweet Candy’ is a pop song and is largely autobiographical. It is about a girl who is fun-loving, playful and flirty. The song is a reminder to have fun and live each day like it’s your last!

When did you write it and where did you record it?
I wrote ‘Sweet Candy’ while I was having fun in Paris with my friends last summer and the track was recorded at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, Tennessee with a live orchestra.

How does ‘Sweet Candy’ build on your style?
‘Sweet Candy’ is a departure from some of my other songs that are rooted in purpose. Sweet Candy is about having fun, being carefree, being sexy, its about being comfortable in your own skin. I wanted to let the world know that those feelings are okay too!

What are your hopes for ‘Sweet Candy’?
I hope people will love the fun and colorful video directed by Edgar Esteves that we are about to release soon in April 2019!

What are your other plans for 2019, can we expect more releases and/or a tour?
My new dance song ‘Stoked On Life’ will be released on April 19th, around Earth Day. A music video for ‘Stoked On Life’ directed by Daniel Carberry is scheduled for release late April and I am very excited to perform live in Los Angeles on Earth Day!

The Trash Mermaids’ songs are the soundtrack to purpose so I plan to do concerts this year that lead my fans to take action for issues they care about such as protecting our oceans, mental health and raise awareness about gay rights.

Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourselves one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
I would tell my 18 years old self to not look for outside validation and never take anything personally! Achieve relevance within yourself and do whatever makes you happy!

Watch the video for ‘Sweet Candy’ on YouTube below. For news and tour dates visit The Trash Mermaids Facebook group.

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